There’s no doubt about it.
If you’re an author who wants your book to published by a large publisher in the United States, you’re most likely going to need a literary agent. Most large publishing houses won’t accept submissions directly from authors.
Therefore, if you’re an author in New York or California, you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to locating literary agents – many of them can be found in these two states.
But what if you’re an author based in Colorado and need an agent based in the state?
Below are 3 top literary agents in Colorado Springs for you to take a look at.
Rick Christian is founder and CEO of Alive Literary Agency, which is based in Colorado Springs. Rick initially started this organization in 1989 in Los Angeles and subsequently moved the agency to Colorado Springs in 1991. He was brought up in San Diego and graduated from Stanford University in 1977 with a degree in Communications and Creative Writing. He is also a former student at Capernwray Bible School in the county of Lancashire in England and at the University of Southern California.
Rick has extensive experience of working in the publishing industry, which began with newspaper reporting and as a columnist, followed by magazine publishing. A published author himself, his work as a literary agent has seen him represent 15 number 1 New York Times best sellers. Examples of works he has represented include The Left Behind Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye that sold 70 million copies in nearly 30 languages and Let’s Roll! Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer, which sold 1.5 million copies, among many others. You can find out more about Rick and his experience at this page.
If you would like to query Rick, you need to be referred by an existing Alive Literary Agency client, or by a close contact of Alive, as unsolicited manuscripts are currently not being accepted. If you’ve referred by an Alive author, or by a contact of the agency, you can email your submission. Your email needs to include the referrer’s name in the email subject line, and a description of how you’re connected to the individual. You also need to provide a short author bio, a synopsis of your book including an analysis of the market, and the first three chapters of your book. Do read the submission guidelines to ensure you’re submitting exactly what is required by Alive Literary Agency. The email address to send your submission to is Submissions@aliveliterary.com.
Blythe Daniel has two decades worth of experience in publishing and media, and is president of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., which she founded in 2005. A highly experienced book publicist with a strong background in promoting authors of inspirational, self-help, lifestyle and home books, and assisting them to get featured across large media organizations, as a literary agent, she negotiates deals on behalf of authors with book publishers. In addition, she helps authors develop or enhance their platforms and help them in differentiating themselves from other writers.
Author clients that Blythe represents are those that work at organizations such as Proverbs 31 Ministries, Dollar General, The Houston Chronicle, JP Morgan Chase, Today’s Christian Woman, among many others. If you’re interested in the possibility of being represented by Blythe, she and her agency represent fiction and nonfiction books that are of the kind which target the adult trade book sector; young adult books are also considered. If your book is for interest, you can expect to receive a response within 2 months. Your submission needs to include a book proposal and the first three chapters of your manuscript. The email address to send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do take a look at this page for more details.
Andrea Heinecke is a literary agent at Alive Literary Agency. Her background in publishing has involved Andrea taking on various roles such a publicist, editor, and a literary agent. As a literary agent, she has negotiated contracts with major publishing houses for more than 100 books.
Andrea has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors who have written across different genres including fiction and nonfiction books for adults, youth and children. Take a look here to find out more about Andrea. A graduate in English from Seattle Pacific University, and a former Acquisitions Editor a David C. Cook, the not-for-profit Christian publisher, if you would like to query Andrea, just like Rick Christian above, you need to either be referred by an existing client of Alive Literary Agency, or a close client of this organization. Take a look at this page for more details.
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