West Coast Literary Agents

Frahlingen at the west coast

Agent Smackdown: East-coast vs. West-coast. What's better? There is New York, there is California, and there is talk of districts and cities in between. In good times and bad, New York women were often described as aggresive, obtrusive and intransigent.

The New Yorkers are the ones who take your books with them, bring them to the right writers and put them into proof.

Unless you have a New York operative, you have nothing. Are the West Coast counterparts of an NYC operative mashy, emotional and sentimental? What about the operatives sitting in the centre of the land - are they only in the plains of the publishers? In order to find out if there is any ingredient in the drawer, all you have to do is ask the operatives themselves, who like to have their own words revealed, how they think about their rival in the States.

The Donald Maass Agency's New York agency and contracting director Stephen Barbara provided connection, not posture, as an East Coast advantage: "Most of the top agents are here, most of the big trading companies are here, not to speak of the great typing pool and a beautiful town with tonnes of cultural and a great cultural life that publishers associate on a regular basis at lunches, beverages, bookshows, awards and more.

This is not to denigrate outside the city, and the outside is of course shallow, but we think it's an advantage to be right in the middle of it." Barbora added that there are great West Coast and Boston and DC travel companies (although he said nothing about how good their lunch could be).

East-coast, West-coast, Mediterranean-coast.... we call up the supposed feude - and then we have dinner.

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