Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 29, 2013

Agent Building List

Talcott Notch Literary was founded in 2003 and has rapidly-grown boutique agency representing the freshest new voices in both fiction and nonfiction.

President and Executive Editor, Gina Panettieri has expertise in every aspect of writing and publishing and has helped thousands of writers achieve their goals. During the more than twenty years in the publishing industry, Gina has appeared as a speaker at scores of national and regional conferences, leading workshops on a range of subjects ranging from characterization, dialogue and query letters, to the changing publishing market, publicity and new trends in fiction. She has successfully placed hundreds of books with such well-known publishers as Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, Adams Media, Palgrave-Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and many others.

Rachael dugasAssociate Agent Rachael Dugas completed a six-month internship with Sourcebooks before joining Talcott Notch, and is now seeking fiction, particularly YA and middle-grade fiction, along with women’s fiction, romance, paranormal and mysteries. She’ll also consider nonfiction, with a strong interest in the arts.

Associate Agent

I joined Talcott Notch in July of 2011, directly following a six-month-long internship with Sourcebooks, Inc., where I assisted the editors with their romance, women’s fiction, and Jane Austen-related titles. My fabulous fiction clients have written works of young adult, middle grade, romance, and women’s fiction. I also represent two incredibly delicious cookbooks. I hope to continue procuring works in all of the aforementioned areas (especially YA/MG), and I would also love to add some memoir (especially food memoir) with a unique voice, 20th century American historical fiction, mainstream fiction that incorporates fairytale/magical elements, and non-fiction pertaining to the performing arts or food/cooking. In general, I look for books with incredible writing and real, loveable characters that make me laugh and/or break my heart.

I am a proud Ithaca College graduate (BA in English, minors in writing and theater). My hobbies include cooking, baking, cake decorating, smothering my Yorkie/Maltese-mix pup with affection, and playing the guitar and piano embarrassingly badly. I run on Diet Coke and iced coffee and I couldn’t live in a world without chocolate, carbs, or bacon. You can frequently find me singing, acting, and dancing (again, badly!) across the stages of southern Connecticut. Some books/authors I love include David Sedaris, Julie Powell, Jeffrey Steingarten, Jill Mansell, Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Addison Allen, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Julia Child’s My Life in France, A.S. Byatt, Erica Bauermeister, and Ruth Reichl.

You can follow Rachael on Twitter at:!/RachaelDugas.

Rachael’s latest deal news:

Bethany Crandell’s SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, in which a snarky, privileged 17-year-old swaps her designer duds for lanyards and “Kumbaya” when forced to work at a summer camp for disabled teens, gaining unexpected friends and an important life lesson in return, to Marlo Scrimizzi at Running Press Children’s, for publication in Spring 2014, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

Elle Darling’s ESCAPE TO GRETNA GREEN, first of three fairytale-inspired Regency romances, in which a spirited bookstore owner delights in helping star-crossed couples reach happily ever after, but must compromise her principles when the a beastly Marquis demands she produce a replacement for the fiance she helped escape, TRAPPED IN LONDON, and RETURN TO FLEETWOOD, to Lauren Plude at Grand Central Forever, for publication in Spring 2014, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

A. Lynden Rolland’s OF BREAKABLE THINGS, in which a seventeen-year-old, who after her death joins a seemingly benign and secret spirit community, is hunted by dark forces that believe her to be the incarnation of a notorious prophet who helped destroy them ages ago, to Georgia McBride of Month9Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2014, by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services (World English)

The agency represents a very eclectic mix of authors and projects. Original thought, original research, unique concepts and ground-breaking new approaches are the earmarks that set our books apart.

They represent:

Adult Fiction
Juvenile: Fiction and Nonfiction for Middle-Grade and Young Adult only. They do not represent picture books.

They will consider only solicited proposals and manuscripts, so please query before forwarding material. They prefer email queries, but will accept hard copy queries with SASE. Phone queries and fax queries will not be considered. Complete information on what your query should contain and how to direct your query, as well as tips on how to write a successful query letter and what to avoid is available on the Query page on this website.

2 Broad Street
Second Floor, Suites 1,2 & 10
Milford, CT 06460
ph: 203-876-4959
fax: 203-876-9517

Talk tomorrow,


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