JCA LITERARY AGENCY

 

 

174 Sullivan St.

New York  NY  10012

Phone: (212)807-0888

E-Mail: tom@jcalit.com

Website: www.jcalit.com

 

Contact: Tom Cushman

 

Member Agents: Tom Cushman, Melanie Meyers Cushman, Tony Outhwaite.

 

About JCA LITERARY AGENCY:

 

Established: 1978

Member of AAR

 

Represents 100 clients.

10% of clients are new/unpublished writers.

 

Currently Handles:

20% nonfiction books

75% novels

5% scholarly books

Represents:

 

Nonfiction Books

Novels

Nonfiction:

 

Biography/Autobiography

Business/Economics

Current Affairs

Government/Politics/Law

History

Language/Literature/Criticism

Memoirs

Military/War

Money/Finance

Nature/Environment

Popular Culture

Science/Technology

Sociology

Sports

Theater/film

Translation

True Crime/Investigative

Fiction:

 

Action/Adventure

Contemporary Issues

Detective/Police/Crime

Family Saga

Historical

Literary

Mainstream/Contemporary

Mystery/Suspense

Sports

Thriller

How To Contact:

 

Query with SASE

 

No e-mail or fax queries

Accepts simultaneous submissions

Responds in 2 weeks to queries.

Responds in 10 weeks to manuscripts.

Returns materials only with SASE

 

Obtains new clients through:

Recommendations from others

Submissions

Writer's conferences

Needs:

 

Does not want: Does not want to receive screenplays, poetry, children's books,

science fiction/fantasy, genre romance.

Recent Sales:

 

Jury of One, by David Ellis (Putnam)

The Heaven of Mercury, by Brad Watson (Norton)

The Rope Eater, by Ben Jones; The Circus in Winter, by Cathy Dial.

 

Other clients: Ernest J. Gaines, Gwen Hunter.

Terms:

 

Agent receives 15% commission on domestic sales

Agent receives 20% commission on foreign sales

 

"We work with our clients on a handshake basis." Charges for postage on overseas

submissions, photocopying, mss for submission, books purchased for subrights

submission, and bank charges, where applicable. "We deduct the cost from

payments received from publishers."

Tips:

 

"We do not ourselves provide legal, accounting, or public relations services for

our clients, although some of the advice we give falls somewhat into these

realms. In cases where it seems necessary we will recommend obtaining outside

advice or assistance in these areas from professionals who are not in any way

connected to the agency."