THE LUCK OF THE AGENT

Poets and Writers - - Letters - PEARL DUN­CAN SALPI VARTIVARIAN

Thank you for Michael Bourne’s ar­ti­cle “Agents as Ed­i­tors: Un­der­stand­ing the New Au­thor-Agent Re­la­tion­ship” (July/ Au­gust 2017). The piece high­lights agents who work with fic­tion writ­ers but did not give an ex­am­ple of the lucky match­mak­ing that oc­curs be­tween agents and non­fic­tion writ­ers. As a writer who is pas­sion­ate about his­tor­i­cal events that cap­ture sto­ries of lost in­di­vid­u­als and gen­er­a­tions, I was grate­ful to find agent Jake El­well of Harold Ober As­so­ciates, who was equally pas­sion­ate and has read every non­fic­tion book on the sub­ject. He helped shape my man­u­script, and I feel very lucky for our match.

New York, New York

Please make the agent spotlight (“We Mean Busi­ness: Twelve Agents Who Want to Read Your Work” by Kevin Larimer, July/Au­gust 2017) a reg­u­lar thing. It’s the most valu­able writ­ers re­source I’ve yet seen.

@salpiv

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