Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Ahead!

Although mid-March in New York City is still wintry, the daylight hours are growing longer, and spring, like change, is inevitable.
So let's look forward, to more good books!

For How To Query Me through this site, please scroll down to the next page.

Querying through my site is the preferred method, as we see new queries this way within 12 hours of submission.

Please scroll down further  for a post on my agenting philosophy, if you would like to read that before querying.

And you can catch me this spring at two writers conferences:
Unicorn Writers Conference, March 24-25
Books Alive! Washington Writers Conference April 29

Diana Finch
Diana Finch Literary Agency
116 West 23rd Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10011
917-544-4470 (no query calls please)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Harvest

    We are deep into summer, and deep into a bounty crop of new proposals and manuscripts, putting the final touches on projects for submission and new books due out in fall and winter, starting with Loretta Napoleoni's eye-opening MERCHANTS OF MEN, about the connections among ISIS, jihadists, kidnappings and refugee-smuggling that are transforming the world, due out in September from Seven Stories Press, and a dozen other foreign publishers, and in January 2017 from Atlantic Books UK, Rizzoli in Italy and Allen and Unwin in Australia.
     Congratulations to:
         Antonia Juhasz, on the inclusion of her June 2015 Harper's article "30 Million Gallons Under the Sea" on the deep-sea impact of the BP Gulf disaster in the 2016 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the fall.
          Jonathan Slaght, on the debut of his blog East of Siberia with on the Scientific American website.
        Please scroll down to the bottom for instructions on how to submit through this site - which is the preferred method.   Below that, find a post on What An Agent Does if you would like to read about my approach to agenting.
       The agency is closed to both adult and YA fiction submissions while we prioritize submissions from the Writers Digest Conference, held here in NYC August 12th-13th.  We plan to reopen to fiction submissions after Labor Day please check back with us then.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Heading into the Holidays

    Time to tie up loose ends, assess and appreciate the year's developments, give thanks, attend some holiday gatherings and raise a cup of cheer.  So grateful to have had 3 clients working hard at COP21 in Paris: Mark Schapiro, Antonia Juhasz, Keya Chatterjee. Congratulations on reporting, advocating, protesting and negotiating for a better world!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hailing this week's useful, inspiring new release

It's always a good week when it's publication week.  And this week, after almost twenty years (!) in print, a useful, inspiring classic has a new second life in digital: FINDING YOUR WRITER'S VOICE by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall, published by St. Martin's Press, and available on and ebook stores everywhere

Friday, June 19, 2015

Welcome Summer!

     BEA is behind us, where we visited with publishers in town from New Hampshire, the Bay Area -- and China. (Wouldn't it be nice if we got to visit them all instead of the other way around?).  My first big deal of the summer - very topical nonfiction, to be announced at a later date - is done, and a slew of proposals are nearing submission perfection.  And finally it is warm enough for the beach, where I'll be for a long 4th of July weekend, with much to do beforehand.

     I'm thrilled that Joanna Russ, author of the classic and ever-timely THE FEMALE MAN, received The Solstice Award at the SWFA Nebula Awards in Chicago and will be the Memorial Guest of Honor at ReaderCon next month.  Would that she was still with us!

If you're here to query me, please scroll down. I’m interested in nonfiction of course  - and am also actively looking for new fiction to balance out the list.
                What I'm looking for:
      Fiction with strong storytelling, including YA, although I am very selective.   I have a wonderful genre-bending first novel readying for submission now.
     Nonfiction: narrative, history, science (I love math!), politics - especially the progressive kind, environmental books of all kinds, business, memoir.  Most of my clients, writing all of the above, are journalists.
      See my post below on what it's like to work with an agent.
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     A tip:  What day of the week do I (like most agents) receive the most queries on?  Tuesday.  Every week, without fail.  So you could consider querying me on another day.    Thanks!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Forward

It's really spring now, finally, and I am looking forward to going south: April 25th for the Books Alive 2015/Washington Writers Conference. And I'm looking ahead to the Writers Digest Conference in NYC on August 2nd - which seems very far off at the moment (summer?  hot weather? what's that?)  Then in the fall it's the Ridgefield Writers Conference in Connecticut, September 26th.

    My clients who chose the cold winter months for their book tours are now home and thawing out:
          * Veteran environmental journalist Mark Schapiro came east to discuss Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy (Chelsea Green) at Columbia, Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook and snowy Boston University Law School
           * Loretta Napoleoni, whose book Islamic Phoenix, on the stunning rise of ISIS and why it is unlike any previous terrorist organization, sold to 18 foreign language publishers, toured throughout Europe: Rome, Milan Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Budapest, Zagreb and Stockholm   (Seven Stories Press, Feltrinelli)
* And world news sparked sales too on Julia Cooke's fascinating book on young Cubans, The Other Side Of Paradise (Seal Press).    

And May is for magazines:  
* Jonathan Rosenblum in Tikkun on the SeaTac wage fight and new paradigm of union organizing for an economy of inequality
* Scott Porch in Politico on Teddy White's seminal The Making of the President 1960  
*  Antonia Juhasz in Harper’s on the deep-sea damage from the BP 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A gift from the holidays.

A Poem for Your Holiday Reading Pleasure

by Chris Morrow, co-owner of the Northshire Bookstore with stores in Manchester Center, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Can we pause,
come back to our hearts
offer up a moment
of gratitude.

Beyond the bounds
of hope and fear,
beyond the ring of
the register, and the
call from the bank.
Can we abandon
the habit
to struggle
and, instead, rejoice?

Rejoice in gratitude,
for this breath, and the
for the sun, and snow
for the smiles of
friends and strangers.

for creating an oasis
    of elegance, of humanity
    of culture, of service
in the desert of

for the beautiful books
arriving every day.

for the ceaseless flow
through receiving to shelf

for the patter of
as kids lead parents
to the land of magic
on floor two.

for the embodied
energy of service
to each other,
to our guests,
to the larger vision.

for excellent co-workers
and the everyday
co-creating of Northshire Bookstore,

We live, it is said,
in the slime and muck
of the dark age.

But we can light a
of love.
We can pause and appreciate
what it means
what it means
what it truly means
to put the right book
in the right hands
at the right time!