Michael Hoogland joined Dystel & Goderich after completing a foreign rights internship at Sterling Lord Literistic. Before pursuing a career in publishing, Mike studied at Colgate University and graduated with a degree in political science and the intention to work in government. He interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but soon realized his interests and passions were better suited to a career in the publishing industry. After Colgate, Mike went on to gain a valuable education at the Columbia Publishing Course and discovered his passion for the agenting side of the business.
He is currently looking for: Thrillers (especially domestic), sci-fi/fantasy, and some children’s books (picture books, MG, and YA), and upmarket women’s fiction as well as a wide variety of narrative nonfiction, including science, history, and politics. He is particularly interested in seeing thought-provoking, realistic speculative fiction.
How to contact: E-query mhoogland [at] dystel.com. “Synopses, outlines or sample chapters (say, one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either be included below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. We won’t open attachments if they come with a blank email, by the way. We will respond to most query letters within a six to eight week period. If you don’t hear from us within that time frame, chances are we did not receive yours. Feel free to resend it.”
Please double space your samples for reading that’s easy on the eyes!
If computers are not your forte, we do still accept queries via snail mail (sent to the appropriate agent’s attention at:
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
One Union Square West, Suite 904
New York, NY 10003.
Please enclose the requisite letter and sample with a self-addressed stamped envelope for our response. Do type all of your correspondence and, again, double space everything other than the cover letter. Please be sure to query only one agent at this agency. We will not review queries sent to more than one of us.
Be patient with us. Remember, we get a great many queries every day and we do read them all. This takes time. We will respond to most query letters within a six to eight week period. If you don’t hear from us within that time frame, chances are we did not receive yours. Feel free to resend it.
Michael’s personal Journey:
I was one of those rare children who had to be told to put the book away at the dinner table. In fact, my love of books became a source of great frustration to my family in my formative years. It would take my parents a great deal of effort to tear my eyes off the pages—so much so that on a family trip to the Grand Canyon I was more absorbed in the latest Harry Potter novel than on one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In the end, the only way to get me to properly appreciate the stunning vista before me—and prevent me from wandering off the edge of the canyon—was to take the book away from me.
In spite of these inappropriate, and sometimes dangerous, reading habits, my parents have always fostered my passion for the written word. I grew up in New Jersey and attended Hackley School, a preparatory high school in New York with a reputable English Literature program. In college, I continued to read anything I could get my hands on, and when I took a couple English courses my senior year, I finally realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life: work with books.
“In retrospect, it is hard to believe that the literary inclinations I harbored since childhood did not open me up to the possibility of a publishing career sooner. After graduating from Colgate University, I was fortunate enough to attend the Columbia Publishing Course, where I learned about a profession previously unknown to me: the multi-faceted job of literary agent. It has not been easy to get here, but being a literary agent at DGLM has been an immensely satisfying experience so far, and I look forward to what lies ahead!