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WORD: Agents on the move -- Barbara, Stampfel switch NYC firms

Two literary agents in New York City today started the New Year with a bang by changing firms and expressing their interest in signing new authors -- which is good news for budding novelists in search of representation. Stephen Barbara joins Foundry Literary + Media while across town Joanna Stampfel is at Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation, with both moves effective January 5, 2009.

Literary agent Stephen Barbara said today that he's now with Foundry Literary + Media. Barbara spent the last three years as an agent and contracts director at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Barbara, who represents authors for both the adult and children's markets, brings his full client list to Foundry, according to Galley Cat.

Some of his clients include young adult author Todd Strasser ("Give a Boy a Gun"), novelist Lynne Jonell ("Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat"), debut novelist Lauren Oliver ("If I Should Fall") and Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz. Adult clients include leading fat loss expert Tom Venuto ("The Body Fat Solution") and Paul Tremblay ("The Little Sleep"), who was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.

Barbara said he's always looking for great new clients, adding that the best way for authors to contact him is by pitching via email with a brief query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript if it's fiction. Potential clients can contact him at his new email address: sbarbara (at) foundrymedia (dot) com.

Separately, Joanna Stampfel of FinePrint Literary Management moved to Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation as a full-time agent, effective today. Her email is now literarynancy2 (at) gmail (dot) com. A standard email query letter is recommended, or if you prefer snail mail send it to her attention at:

Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation
240 West 35th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001


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