Okay so I struck out trying to cyber-stalk Armistead Maupin’s literary agent only to find out that she’s not currently taking unsolicited queries (read: Don’t Even THINK Of Bugging Me) but I wasn’t ready to give up on the concept entirely. So I did some more searching on Amazon for novels set during the golden years of Hollywood. I’ve searched before and came up with precious little but today I did some more searching and came up with…a whole lot more precious little.
But then I thought about a new(ish) novel called “Roses” by Leila Meacham. Bob’s mother read it recently and l.o.v.e.d. it. It’s a multi-generational saga of a family from East Texas – the sort of thing the Edna Ferber used to write so successfully (“Giant”, “Showboat”, “Cimmaron”). In Meacham’s acknowledgments, she gives thanks to her literary agent.
Okay so my book isn’t set in Texas, and it’s not about successive generations of the one family, but in general terms, there are similarities and so I’ve tracked down this agent. Interesting he’s not listed in the Jeff Herman guide but he is in New York (which is good news) and is accepting queries. He is the first agent I’ve come across who doesn’t accept email queries–it’s paper only for this guy–as long I include a stamped self addressed envelope. After all this emailing to agents, writing an actual letter seems sweet and quaint. We’re off to Egypt on Wednesday so I’ll get this letter out to him before we go and maybe I’ll have a reply by the time we get back.
And for those of you who are keeping track, this is Agent #12