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Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency

Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency

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What is the best way to contact you? By email:
Partial Client List Fabienne Josaphat – novelist – Dancing in the Baron’s ShadowSusie Landau Finch – screenwriter – writing treatment for Intimate Strangers

Anne Strick – novelist – Intimate Strangers

David Shields – screenwriter , nonfiction books and novels – I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel with Caleb Powell (film adapted and directed by James Franco)

Saul Williams-writer-poet-performance/artist-musician – US(a.)  + three other books.

Peruvian Admiral and former Vice President

Luis Giampietri With American Journalist Bill Salisbury

and Peruvian Journalist Lorena Ausejo – Nonfiction Book-41 Seconds to Freedom

Rena Pederson – Nonfiction Book – The Burma Spring

Mark Dawidziak – Mark Twain for Cat Lovers

Kent Rasmussen – Mark Twain for Dog Lovers

Mark Dawidziak – Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone

Miriam Marx Allen – Love, Groucho: Letters from Groucho Marx to His Daughter Miriam

David Thibodeau with Leon Whiteson – Nonfiction Book and Book to Film – A Place Called Waco

Anthony Russell – Memoir – Outrageous Fortune: Growing Up at Leeds Castle

Mark St. Pierre & Tilda Long Soldier – Nonfiction – Walking in the Sacred Manner

Jack Mendelsohn, comic writer/cartoonist – Jacky’s Diary

Christina Oxenberg – Nonfiction writer – Dynasty: An Insiders Biography of the Serbian Royal Family

Randy Michael Signor – literary writer and journalist

Neel Muller – Graphic Artist / Illustrator /-  Going to the Dogs: Charming drawings

Russ Giguere – Along Comes The Association – Memoir  of the beloved rock group

 

How many writers do you represent? 30+
What is your percentage? 80% Books / 20% Books-to-Film and Screenplays
How much promotion do you do for your clients? How much do you expect them to do? Typically we get the book sold and cooperate with the publisher to assist in promoting the book.. We expect the author to do their fair share and work with the publisher and make themselves available for promotional events.
What do you look for in the writers you choose to represent? What should they look for when trying to choose an agent? We look for mastery in language and story telling. The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency is focused on excellence in craftsmanship and story. 

What authors should be thinking about when choosing an agent: Do you trust the agent to present you well and do you think they are excited enough to sell your story.

 

What type of material are you looking for? We are looking for great stories and good writing. The sad news is last year we had the most fascinating pitch but when we got the manuscript it never got to the story, so we ended up passing. But, if your story is about a CIA agent and you start talking about fishing, unless you are a compelling writer and can make that make sense, we will be confused. 

We want relevant material, relevant socially, relevant emotionally, relevant in terms of story. And by relevant we mean, we want stories that are engaging and well-written, that have impact on the reader and deal with the universal as well as the specific. We have great luck with nonfiction and keep an open mind on just about every subject, so please don’t be intimidated, just come tell us what you have.

 

How long are the terms of signing on with you? Our first agreement is for the duration of one year. Then we decide if we should go further.
Are you looking for interns? Yes. We always accept applications to come to our agency and work. The compensation is in experience–they would be reading submissions and considering if Charlotte would be interested, then they would be reading the submissions and providing coverage. Weekly we have an editorial meeting, where the interns pitch their manuscripts to Ms. Gusay. We offer a small honorarium for a completed internship of four months.   See our website for some of the experiences our interns have had.  Many have gone on to work at production companies and publishing houses.
Do you only represent screenwriters, or do you rep other types of writers? We represent authors of fiction and nonfiction as well as screenwriters.  However, we represent mostly books.  Charlotte’s previous business was the beloved George Sand, Books in West Hollywood where she learned the book business in the trenches.
Do you represent other types of talent? (Directors, Actors, etc.) No. It’s only writers at this point although some of our authors have had their books turned into movies and mini-series.  We do represent professional editors, proposal writers and ghostwriters.
Have you had success at pitching events before? Yes…At a writers conference some time ago, I loved the story of the sweet little lady (of a certain age) – an English professor – who sat down at my table (after I had listened to what seemed like 900 pitches.)  She began by saying she had a novel about William Blake and his wife.  Bingo…Tell me about your novel?  Well, she said, I’m a Blake scholar and I’ve written this novel about Blake and his wife and free love and their life together and their circle of famous friends and I was thinking of using Blake’s drawings in the novel.  Whoa!  My heart was beating.  Suffice it to say, I signed the wonderful professor. We went through a great number of drafts of her novel (with a professional editor), got the rights to use the Blake drawings, and the book was published by St. Martins Press.  It is still in print and it is called Other Sorrows, Other Joys: The Marriage of Catherine Sophia Boucher and William Blake, A Novel. By Janet Warner. It was Janet’s first novel and she was 75 years old.  The book received rave reviews.
Do you have any GAPF success stories you can share with us from previous years? I do!  One of your clients came to work for us as an intern – one who we met at ScriptFest – and we ended up signing her after reading her hilarious coverage. We found out she had written a book – a novel – and kept asking for it. It turns out the writer had won a few awards for her fiction and screenplays and we simply insisted on signing the client to the Agency.
Is there any advice you would like to offer the writers who are pitching you? About Pitching at ScriptFest:  In the writing portion of the pitch, keep it short. In the in person part, don’t be nervous, just tell the story and if there is a hook get to it so we can see if it is something we can sell and help get made.