Andy Ross Agency

Agent info

I opened my literary agency in January, 2008. Prior to that, I was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley, California for 30 years. The agency represents books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children's books, commercial and literary fiction, and cooking.

I am eager to work with projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will appeal to a wide readership. In narrative non-fiction I look for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc. I like books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. I am also seeking projects in all areas by scholars who are at the top of their field and who are committed to writing in style and content for a general audience.

For literary, commercial, and children's fiction, I have only one requirement -- a simple one -- that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart.

I am a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).

Visit Andy's Blog: "Ask The Agent" at:

http://www.andyrossagency.wordpress.com

Please send queries and materials only by email to andyrossagency@hotmail.com

Where to find Andy Ross Agency online


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The Literary Agent's Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,910. Language: American English. Published: June 19, 2016 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
In order to get your non-fiction book published, you will need to write a book proposal. In this book, literary agent Andy Ross leads you through the steps to write a book proposal that will address the concerns of the book publisher and make a compelling case for publication.
The Oxford Tribe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,160. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
The city of dreaming spires. Eden meets academia. The stuffiest place in Britain, and the silliest too. Oxford is many things to many people, but for Peter Rudiak-Gould, newly arrived as a student of anthropology, it was the most exotic tribe he could hope to study (and join). Part memoir, part field guide, The Oxford Tribe will entertain the seasoned traveler and the armchair philosopher alike.
Getting Real
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,210. Language: American English. Published: September 8, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Paul, kidnaps Jeremy, a 5 year old boy. Jeremy’s babysitter, Essie, runs away in despair after being blamed for the kidnapping. The police search for Jeremy and Essie. Paul works for the Police department and follows the investigation. As Essie’s return becomes likely, Paul prepares to intercept her.
The Best Sort of Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,030. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The near future. The country is in turmoil, and abortion is illegal. 16 year old Kelsey appeals to police sergeant Joy Banta for help. A bungled abortion procedure leaves Kelsey with a dangerous infection. Kelsey's father, a police captain, gradually figures out what is going on. Together, they risk imprisonment in order to protect Kelsey.
Our Guy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,710. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A serial rapist is at work in a college town. As his patterns and methods become clear, the police develop and interception strategy, but they need luck as well as method.
The Luckiest Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,900. Language: American English. Published: July 7, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Nicole (the luckiest girl), desperate to save her struggling business, is inveigled into investing in the cocaine trade. She doesn’t know what she’s doing, and flounders. Meanwhile, Nicole’s dealer, Halfnose, pressures a teenager, Alec, into making a drug run to L.A.. Cass, his girlfriend, insists on going with him. Following their own train of thought.
The American War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,920. Language: American English. Published: June 24, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Literature » War
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When a high school student, Eddie, is caught demonstrating against the Viet Nam War, he is drafted and whisked off to 'Nam. He is posted to a firebase overlooking a small village whose inhabitants harbor mixed sympathies. Eddie and his company proceed to play out the inevitable and tragic absurdity of the conflict.
Van Gogh Only Sold One Painting in His Life--Did You Know That?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,160. Language: American English. Published: May 12, 2015 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nate Ritzo, an ardent young painter of the purist persuasion, and Egg Donner, whose art goes for splash, contend for success in the tumultious and often preposterous New York art scene. But art is as susceptible to the whims of fashion as restaurants or handbags, and neither Nate nor Egg has an easy time of it.
The Man Who Wrote the Book
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,300. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A hilarious, ingeniously conceived, sexy romp of a novel. Ezra Gordon, underpaid literature professor at a small Baptist college, writes a dirty book under a pseudonym for a little extra cash. Little does he know that his book, Every Inch a Lady, will radically change his life, and throw the campus into chaos.
Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 72,190. Language: American English. Published: September 22, 2013 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Educational policy & reform / charter schools, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Testing & measurement
Todd Farley's instructive and often hilarious memoir of his years working in the standardized testing industry raises questions about the validity of large-scale educational assessments.
Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts on Writing and Book Publishing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Anthology of the best writings from literary agent, Andy Ross' blog: "Ask the Agent". Includes advice on getting published, finding an agent, writing book proposals and query letters. Also essays about writing, book publishing, and recollections of his 30 years as owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley, California. The writing is opinionated, irreverent, and often hysterically funny.
Surviving Paradise: One Year On A Disappearing Island
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,790. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
peter rudiak-gould has written a memoir of his year living on a small atoll in the marshall islands, one of the most remote places on earth. It is a story that is often hilarious but with serious and fascinating digressions on the language and politics of the island and the threat that global warming poses to its precarious existence.
The Second Story Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,180. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set in the bars and hang-outs of New York's East Village in the late 1950s, just before the rise of the pop-drug culture, it's the story of a man who feeds off the lives of others, and of the women who participate in their desgruction in order to sustain him.
Skirts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,460. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Skirts is a novel about three highly intelligent young women in New York City, coming of age in the early 1960s, when the drug culture is just taking hold. A kind of “Sex in the City” for the early 1960s.
Face-Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,410. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012 and represented by Andy Ross Agency. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Face-Time is a political novel about a Washington speechwriter whose girlfriend just happens to be sleeping with the president.


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