To Initiate Contact: You may E-Mail a query to Agency E-Address as below. No more than a paragraph or two. No downloads please. After which, you will receive specific instructions should we specifically request to see your material: Comply with the guidelines when you receive them. For example: If fiction, send approximately first 50 pages and a one-page synopsis. For nonfiction, send a proposal consisting of an overview, chapter outline, author biography, first three sample chapters and survey of the competition. (Note: Material will not be returned without a Self Addressed Stamped Envelop - SASE)
We discourage queries by phone and by fax.
Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program
Charlotte Gusay is an independent literary agent. With the exception of a few freelance readers and part-time assistants, she works alone and loves it. However, in an effort to perpetuate knowledge and professionalism in the field of publishing – in particular - the Agency oversees a Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program for people wishing to learn how to be a literary agent in the publishing business. The agency hires and trains - on a regular basis - interns who are genuinely seeking experience as a literary agent in publishing or film.
An internship is a preliminary learning period for which there is an honorarium. If an interested party wishes to experience a true taste of how the publishing world works and understands the realities of this business – that nothing happens by magic - an intern may wish to explore how to become involved in the workings of The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency. In developing and selling books here at the agency - to the publishing trade and books to film - all the skills an intern has accumulated in various work/business/life experiences may be applied to the work carried out by the agency, and the intern will accumulate many more specific to the agenting business, such as proposal writing, line editing, literary critiquing, manuscript evaluation, and screenplay coverage, as well as the intricacies of client relations, book development and packaging, marketing, editor/ publishers relations, producer/film development relations and more. Many of the agency interns have gone on to various positions in the business world in general including the publishing business and the film trade. Agency interns have achieved positions at book publicists, literary agencies and major publishing houses -- such as Little Brown Children’s Books and Oxford University Press, to name two.
Please contact the agency for further information on the Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Literary Agency/Publishing Mentoring Program in the subject line.