MARIA CARVAINIS AGENCY, INC.
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10019
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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.
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.:
Member of AAR
Authors Guild, WomenÕs Media Group, ABA, MWA, RWA
Signatory of WGA
Represents 75 clients.
10%% of clients are new/unpublished writers.
34% nonfiction books
Science/Technology (pop science)
middle grade and young adult
How To Contact:
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.
Does not want: Does not want to receive science fiction or childrenÕs picture books.
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.
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.