Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. (SLL)

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Last Updated: Fri, 09/11/2009 - 11:39am
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Postal Submissions Allowed
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"One of the most dynamic independent agencies in New York, Sterling Lord Literistic combines a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list unparalleled in the industry. The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children's literature. The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.

Sterling Lord Literistic has deep roots in the world of publishing. In 1952, Sterling Lord founded his distinguished agency and counted such literary icons as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson established his firm in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving. In 1987, the two joined forces, creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today."

Contact Information

65 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: (212) 780-6050
Fax: (212) 780-6095

Submission Guidelines

Fiction - Query With:
Query Letter
First 3 Chapters
Non-Fiction - Query With:
Query Letter
First 3 Chapters
"Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. is highly selective in offering representation to writers, and many of our new clients are referred to us by authors or publishing professionals. We receive an extraordinarily large number of unsolicited submissions and can seriously consider only those with merit. Please submit a query letter, a synopsis of the work, a brief proposal or the first three chapters of the manuscript, a brief bio or resume, and a stamped self-addressed envelope for reply. Original artwork is not accepted. Enclose sufficient postage if you wish to have your materials returned to you. We do not respond to unsolicited e-mail inquiries."
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Response Data


Initial Follow -up Overall
Offers 0 1 1
Requests 13 0 13
Rejected 71 8 71
Withdrawn 0 0 0

Response Times

Responses Fastest Slowest Average
Overall 93 39 days 446 days 45 days
Email 40 8 days 446 days 45 days
Postal Mail 49 39 days 244 days 39 days
Other/ Unspecified 4 0 days 407 days 114 days

There are 77 submissions currently awaiting response.