Monday, July 7, 2014

Literary agent Andy Kifer of The Gernert Company seeks new authors of literary or genre fiction and nonfiction

The Gernert Company
36  East 57th Street
18th floor
 New York, NY 10022

The Gernert Company is a literary agency located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1996 by David Gernert after he left his post as Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday to become an agent. The agency currently represents more than 200 authors and has six full-time agents.  Here's what they have to say about themselves: 

"Our client list is as broad as the market; we represent equal parts fiction (commercial and literary writers, both well-known and soon-to-be, whether writing for adults or younger readers) and nonfiction (biographers, memoirists, journalists, essayists, bloggers, and writers of trade and scholarly nonfiction in subjects ranging from sports and history to current events and science). 

"We sell domestic, foreign, and subsidiary rights for our clients and partner with subagents in select foreign markets and in the film/TV industry."

Andy Kifer is the newest member of the team, and like all new agents he's actively looking for authors. He joined Gernert in 2012 after two years working for Aram Fox, Inc., where he scouted books for foreign publishers. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, lived in North Carolina for five years, and worked briefly as a cross-country coach at a boarding school before starting his career in publishing. He lives in Brooklyn and runs in Prospect Park.

“I’m looking for literary fiction, smart genre fiction (in particular, high-concept thrillers or sci-fi), and nonfiction with a strong narrative bent,” says Andy. “I’m a sucker for love stories and inventive narrative structure.”

Query Andy at:
Type: “Attn: Andy Kifer ” in the e-mail’s subject line.  Include the first few chapters pasted into the body of the e-mail. “I read everything that comes my way, though at Gernert we tend to respond only if something piques our interest.”

Full submission guidelines here.

Carly Watters
Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop in Oakville on Saturday, Sept 27, with literary agent Carly Watters (see here) and in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, March 1, with literary agent Olga Filina (email for details.)

Brian also has some great workshops coming up this summer: “You Can Write Great Characters" Saturday, July 19, in Caledon East (details here) and Saturday, August 16, in Hamilton (details here).

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. This fall, Brian will be offering weekly classes for writers from beginning to advanced. Check out the details here

Brian is offering “Welcome to Creative Writing” class on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). He’s offering “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

See Brian's full schedule 
here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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