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Literary agent, Carrie Pestritto, shares her experiences and knowledge to help writers navigate the world of publishing.

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Carrie Pestritto is a Literary Agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She blogs about her experiences and shares ideas and tips to help authors land an agent and get published. She also talks about her favorite books, what it’s like living in New York, and a lot more.

As an agent, she says she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients.

From the About Me page

I am a literary agent and audio rights director at LDLA, who is particularly drawn in by unique voices, strong character development, high-concept plots, and transporting experiences.  I mostly represent commercial fiction, romance, MG, YA, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and narrative nonfiction.  I’m a sucker for anything about cults, witches, jewel heists, archaeology/ancient civilizations, royalty, psychology, or high-stakes revenge.  And I automatically get excited when I see a good smoldering romance, gripping mystery, clever prescriptive nonfiction, or anything set in a bakery (with lots of salivating descriptions!).

I have been passionate about books for as long as I can remember, but I first became interested in agenting after a friend encouraged me to apply for a summer internship at Writers House over our sophomore break.  I commuted from my home in Connecticut three days a week and knew that this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing…minus the hour-and-a-half train ride.

Now I live in Sunnyside, Queens, and when not immersed in a good book, love shopping at the city’s greenmarkets, exploring new neighborhoods, designing gloriously color-coded spreadsheets, tackling DIY apartment decorating, and snuggling with my cats.

Follow me on Twitter and pay a visit to my Publishers Marketplace page to learn more.

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