Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Wednesday – Jane Rotrosen Agency. I popped in for coffee at the Jane Rotrosen literary agency to see my friend Meg Ruley who is a senior agent there. The offices are situated in the partially converted town house where Jane used to live. The double parlor has very high ceilings; it looks more like a bookstore or a boudoir than a meeting room and is a fabulous showcase for their impressive list of authors. The town house also has a garden where parties are held for authors to celebrate their best sellers or contracts.

Detail. On the marble fireplace, that really works is a row of their national and international bestselling authors. Among those, is the first novel by Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells, which is a New York Times bestseller and debuted at number seven on the list. The agency deals with, commercial and non commercial fiction, suspense and romance novelists. Meg Ruley told me “We work for the authors, we are their business partners.”

Contessanally tip: submit your manuscripts.

Detail. There is a bar hidden behind a door, just off the double parlor. The bar was installed when Jane Rotrosen lived in the town house with her husband and employed a butler.

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