CATEGORIES WE REPRESENT (if you're not sure, please do go ahead and send us a query!):
NONFICTION: The agency represents authors of narrative nonfiction across a wide range of categories, including but not limited to history, immersive journalism, and current events.
FICTION: In fiction we represent romance and women's fiction, thrillers and mysteries, and literary fiction.
WHAT WE DON'T HANDLE: We don't normally handle children's books, westerns, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, or screenplays.
PLEASE QUERY VIA EMAIL using the email address on the bottom of this page. Be sure to include the word "query" in the subject line, and specify whether the query is addressed to John Talbot or Gail Fortune. Below your query letter PLEASE PASTE IN THE FIRST FIVE PAGES of your manuscript (but do not attach those pages as a separate file). While queries are important, sample text is the best way for us to get to know your writing and to evaluate your work.
TIPS & REMINDERS: If you have been referred by someone please note this by including the word "referral" in the subject line of your email. Please remember to include your daytime phone number and return email address as well as your physical mailing address. Also remember to include the title of your book and the approximate word count. Note any previous publications you have had, plus any relevant writing experience.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS TO CONTACT US, AND WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO RESPOND TO EVERY QUERY WE RECEIVE.
IF WE REQUEST YOUR MATERIAL:
Please send proposals, partials, or complete manuscripts as email file attachments in Microsoft Word to the return address of the email you receive. We do acknowledge receipt of proposal and manuscript submissions, so if you don't hear from us within a few days please do send a follow-up email (without attachments) to confirm receipt.
Thank you and good luck.
John Talbot and Gail Fortune
The Talbot Fortune Agency LLC