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Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, and upmarket women’s fiction, and YA and middle-grade fiction. For non-fiction, Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes character- and voice-driven stories about real people in the real world. Andy has participated and taught classes in numerous writers conferences including San Francisco Writers Conference, Kauai Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, Nebraska Writers Conference, and more. He has organized and conducted writing-intensive workshops with Linda Watanabe McFerrin in Santa Fe and in Scotland. Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. His popular blog, “Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts About Books and Publishing”, has received over 500,000 unique views. Authors Andy represents include Daniel Ellsberg, Fritjof Capra, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan Griffin, Gwen Strauss, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan. Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).
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