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WORD: Marsal Lyon Literary Agency opens shop, reps genre fiction and NF

In the latest case in which literary agents departed from an established house to form a new venture, Kevan Lyon and Jill Marsal have left Sandra Dijkstra Agency to start up Marsal Lyon Literary Agency LLC. Authors will be interested to know they've also put out a call for submisions.

Jennifer Haupt, author of "The Valley of Ten Thousand Hills" and a Lyon client, made the announcement at Backspace and said the new agency just launched their website this week. Here are the genres Marsal Lyon Literary Agency represents as well as submission guidelines:

Commercial Women's Fiction & Chick Lit
Mainstream Romance (all genres)
Multicultural Young Adult
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Biography Pets/Animals
Business/Economics/Investing/Finance Pop Culture & Music
Diet, Fitness & Health Psychology
History/Politics/Current Events Relationships/Advice
Investigative Journalism Science & Nature
Lifestyle Sports
Memoirs Self-Help
Narrative Non-fiction Women's Issues

For electronic submissions, please send a query letter to query (at) marsallyonliteraryagency.com and write “QUERY” in the subject line of the email.
For hard copy submissions, please send the following:
Fiction Query: please include a cover letter, 1 page synopsis of your work, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript.
Non-fiction Query: please include either (a) the cover letter or (b) the cover letter and your complete proposal.

Our address is:
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency LLC
PMB 121
665 San Rodolfo Dr. 124
Solana Beach, CA 92075

In all submissions, please include a contact phone number as well as your email address. If we are interested in your work, we will call or email you. If not, we will respond via email. (Accordingly, please do not send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) and do not send any pages or materials you want returned to you). Our response time is generally 4-8 weeks. We welcome unsolicited materials and look forward to reading your work.


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