MARIA CARVAINIS AGENCY, INC.

 

 

1350 Avenue of the Americas

Suite 2905

New York  NY  10019

 

 

Phone: (212)245-6365

Fax: (212)245-7196

E-Mail: mca@mariacarvainisagency.com

 

 

This market entry

has recently changed.

Date of change: 12/29/2004

Nature of change: Information updated and verified.

 

Contact: Maria Carvainis, president; Donna Bagdasarian, literary agent.

Member Agents: Moira Sullivan, literary associate; Daniel Listwa, literary associate; Anna Parrinello, contracts manager.

Seeking New and established writers

Prior to opening her agency, Ms. Carvainis spent more than 10 years in the publishing industry as a senior editor with Macmillan Publishing, Basic Books, Avon Books, and Crown Publishers. Ms. Carvainis has served as a member of the AAR Board of Directors and AAR Treasurer, as well as serving as chair of the AAR Contracts Committee. She presently serves on the AAR Royalty Committee. Donna Bagdasarian began her career as an academic at Boston University, then spent 5 years with Addison Wesley Longman as an acquisitions editor before joining the William Morris Agency in 1998. She has represented a breadth of projects, ranging from literary fiction to celebrity memoir.

About MARIA CARVAINIS AGENCY, INC.:

Established: 1977

Member of AAR

Authors Guild, WomenÕs Media Group, ABA, MWA, RWA

Signatory of WGA

 

Represents 75 clients.

10%% of clients are new/unpublished writers.

 

Currently Handles:

34% nonfiction books

65% novels

1% poetry

Represents:

Nonfiction Books

Novels

Nonfiction:

Biography/Autobiography

Business/Economics

History

Memoirs

Science/Technology (pop science)

WomenÕs Issues/Studies

Fiction:

Historical

Literary

Mainstream/Contemporary

Mystery/Suspense

Thriller

WomenÕs

middle grade and young adult

How To Contact:

Query with SASE

Responds in 1 week to queries.

Responds in 3 months to manuscripts.

 

Obtains new clients through:

Obtains 60% of new clients through recommendations from others and conferences; 40% from query letters.

Needs:

Does not want: Does not want to receive science fiction or childrenÕs picture books.

Recent Sales:

Simply Unforgettable, by Mary Balogh (Delacorte); The Mourning Sexton, by Michael Baron (Doubleday); In the Shadow of Fame, by Sue Erikson Bloland (Viking); Chill Factor, by Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster); An Unexpected Pleasure, by Candace Camp (MIRA); The Grail Bird, by Tim Gallagher (Houghton Mifflin); The Edge & The Limit, by Cindy Gerard (St. MartinÕs Press); The Perfect Hero, by Samantha Jones (Avon); A Killing Rain, by P.J. Parrish (Kensington); To Kingdom Come, by Will Thomas (Touchstone Fireside).

Other clients: Elisabeth Brink, Greg Chandler, Pam Conrad, Tim Cummings, S.V. Date, Michael G. Downs, Phillip DePoy, Carlos Dews, Tyler Dilts, John Faunce, Stan Goldberg, Kristan Higgins, Dorothy Love, Staton Rabin, Kristine Rolofson, Christine Sneed.

Terms:

Agent receives 15% commission on domestic sales

Agent receives 20% commission on foreign sales

Offers written contract

Binding time: 2 years on a book-by-book basis

 

Charges clients for foreign postage, bulk copying.