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New York agents vs Everyone Else (in America)

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#1 iainburnett


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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

This might sound funny, but I'm not submitting to any agents based in New York.


My older brother was a manuscript reader for a big film/literary agency for a few years and helped structure and edit my story to maximize it's commercial appeal. It made sense to me that he wanted to approach agents with my work first since then he could present it with more experience than I could as a first time author without credentials, but since I didn't want to be left out completely of any stage, we agreed to split agencies: he gets NY, I get everywhere else.


Neither of us have gotten any bites, and I think that's mostly in part to my large word count (though it's shrinking rapidly), but I am curious if we are having different experiences. My questions for you...


Is there any difference in accessibility of NY agents and non-NY agents to major publishers?


Have you experienced any differences in working with NY agents and non-NY agents?




PS - on a side note, can I mention my brother's experience and role in the story-building process as a credential?

Any help appreciated on my work in progress, THE HOMESTEAD PROJECT.


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 03:46 AM

it used to be the case that agents congregated in large metropolitan places like New York simply because that made it easier to keep in touch with others in publishing. Modern communications has changed that. I've heard you are more likely to get that personal touch if your agent isn't a big city player (I'm based in the UK so just slot London into the equation).


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 06:53 PM

My agent is in New York. And it's led to a few extra submissions to editors, who my agent met at parties and such. It's not a huge deal, but it's still a small advantage.

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