Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 23, 2016

Agency Looking for New Clients

Ethan-EllenbergEthan Ellenberg, President

Ethan Ellenberg opened his literary agency in late 1984 after holding jobs at both Bantam and Berkley/Jove. At Berkley/Jove he was manager of the Contracts Department. At Bantam he was Associate Contracts Manager. He represents a wide range of book authors, though his specialty is commercial fiction. He is very active in Romance publishing with a number of New York Times Bestselling authors represented. He also does some non-fiction and has a strong children’s list including the Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann.

He is an acknowledged expert on the practical aspects of publishing including the publishing agreement and royalty accounting, and a long time industry observer and author advocate. His opinion and educational pieces have appeared in the newsletter of Novelists, Inc., the Romance Writer’s Report, and a number of F&W guides to publishing.

Looking For:

Actively looking for established and new writers in a wide range of genres. We are looking for storytellers of all kinds and remain confident that books, in whatever format they are published, will continue to play a key role in our society to entertain and to instruct.

They’re interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction.

They are also interested in literary fiction as long as it has a strong narrative.

In nonfiction, they are interested in current affairs, history, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography and memoir. They are also open to reviewing other genres and topics, as long as the material is for a trade or general audience and not scholarly.

They accept unsolicited manuscripts and seriously consider all submissions, including those from first time writers. We also consider submissions for works that are self-published or previously published through other small or non-traditional outlets, though they ask that you follow our normal submission guidelines when sending submissions for these works.

We DO NOT represent poetry, short stories or screenplays.

How to Submit by Mail

Please mail submissions to the attention of ETHAN ELLENBERG at 155 SUFFOLK ST., #2R, NEW YORK, NY 10002. All submissions should be made on standard-sized paper, we will not review any materials stored on CD/DVD or any other electronic storage device.

For fiction, your submission should include:

  • a brief query letter
  • a synopsis (1-2 pages long)
  • the first 50 pages (approximately) of your manuscript
  • a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE)

For nonfiction, please include:

  • a brief query letter
  • a book proposal (outline of the material, sample chapters, author bio, etc.)
  • SASE

For picture books, please include:

  • a brief query letter
  • complete manuscript (text only)
  • if applicable, color copies of sample illustrations (4-5 examples)
  • SASE

Illustrators, please send:

  • a brief query letter
  • representative portfolio of your work
  • color copies only—no original artwork
  • SASE

SASE instructions
We will not respond to submissions that do not include an SASE. In order to conform to postal regulations and ensure that you receive our response, please follow these guidelines:

  • Use US postal stamps only, not metered mail or international reply coupons.
  • Envelopes must be addressed and should include our address as the return address in the top left corner of the envelope.

Also:

  • Please use self-sealing envelopes.
  • We prefer business-sized (#10) envelopes (and like sized envelopes) that will be used for our response only—all submission material will be discarded.

If you want your materials returned to you, large mailing envelopes with sufficient postage are acceptable. Please keep in mind that this is a courtesy; we do our best to make sure that you receive your manuscript/materials back but cannot guarantee it.

International submissions
They welcome international submissions but can only respond on a limited basis. We do not return any material outside of the United States regardless of what arrangements are made for its return.

  • If possible, please include a self-addressed envelope with correct, US postage for response. US stamps are available for purchase on the US Postal Service website (www.usps.com). We will not redeem international reply coupons.
  • Please include an email address. If a proper SASE is not included, we will respond to submissions by email if we are interested.

How to Submit by email

Please send submissions to agent@ethanellenberg.com to the attention of Ethan Ellenberg

For email submissions, we ask that you paste all materials into the body of the email in the order mentioned below. For example, if you were submitting fiction you would begin with a brief query letter, followed by your synopsis, followed by the first 50 pages of your manuscript. We will not open attachments.

For fiction, your submission should include:

  • a brief query letter
  • a synopsis (1-2 pages long)
  • the first 50 pages (approximately) of your manuscript

For nonfiction, please include:

  • a brief query letter
  • a book proposal (outline of the material, sample chapters, author bio, etc.)

For picture books, please include:

  • a brief query letter
  • complete manuscript (text only)
  • 4-5 images of sample illustrations pasted into the body of the email

Illustrators, please send:

  • a brief query letter
  • 4-5 images of sample illustrations pasted into the body of the email
  • Link to online portfolio (if applicable)

Because of the large volume of email we receive we will not respond to your email unless interested. If you do not hear back from us after two weeks from sending your submission, you can safely assume that we are not interested in that project. You may submit to us again if you have a new project you think might interest us, but please do not submit the same project to us multiple times, and please do not submit more than one project at a time.

Dos

  • Print or type your submission on regular Letter sized (8½ x 11 inch) paper in twelve point font
  • Double Space your synopsis and sample chapters
  • Send us detailed color copies of your illustrations on photo paper if possible
  • Enclose all your materials held together with a paper clip, binder clip, or large rubber band
  • Use self-sealing envelopes for your SASE
  • Send us brief and concise query letters
  • Provide your contact information on your query letter
  • Write “Query” followed by the title of your submission in your email subject line

Don’ts

    • Call or email to check on your submission status.
    • Send us handwritten submissions
    • Send us bound books, or complete manuscripts
    • Send us submissions in folders, binders, bubble wrap or any additional packaging aside from the envelope your submission is mailed in
    • Send us personal checks, money orders or cash
    • Send us disks, CD’s, or any other materials besides your paper submission
    • Attach materials to your emails
    • Include images in your emails that are larger than 1MB (one megabyte)
    • Send submissions via FedEx, UPS, or any other courier service
    • Send us more than one submission at a time
    • Send us the same submission multiple times
    • Send us only a query without sample materials or visa-versa

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great info.! Thanks Kathy! My self-published book made it onto the shelves of the BCCLS! And another school has inquired about a visit!


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