Get to Know an Agent and Instructor in Attendance: Damian McNicholl of Jennifer De Chiara Literary

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Damian McNicholl is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary. At the 2018 Philly workshop, he is taking pitches from attendees, and also teaching how to write a nonfiction book proposal.

Damian grew up in Northern Ireland and moved to the US in the early nineties. A former attorney, he’s the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel A SON CALLED GABRIEL (CDS Books/Perseus Books Group). Tremendously interested in the business side of publishing as well as the creative, he attended the initial meeting with the publisher armed with a marketing plan that helped convince the publisher to add his novel to their list. The novel was a Lambda Literary Awards debut fiction finalist and an American Booksellers Association Booksense Pick (now known as Indie Next List). Sold in the UK to independent publisher Legend Press, he negotiated the sale of a second novel, Twisted Agendas, to them. A screenplay he wrote of his debut novel was a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Damian has appeared on television and radio in the US and UK to discuss his work. His latest novel, The Moment Of Truth from Pegasus Books, was a Houston Chronicle summer read selection when it first released in hardcover. A new version of A Son Called Gabriel with an Author Afterword, republished by Pegasus Books, was well-reviewed by the New York Times Book Review. Damian is now keen to utilize his experience to help talented published and unpublished writers achieve their goals.

He is seeking: great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh and sob. “In fiction, my interests are novels that hit the sweet spot between literary and commercial and select offbeat/quirky. Nonfiction interests are memoir, biography, history, investigative journalism and current events especially cultural, legal and LGBTQ issues that can help lead to meaningful change in society. No genre fiction at this time. As a guide, examples of novels I’ve enjoyed include The Kitchen House, The Help, Water for Elephants, My Year of Meats, Watership Down, Cold Mountain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atonement. Admired nonfiction authors include David McCollough, Tim Pat Coogan, Eric Schlosser, Augusten Burroughs, and David Sedaris.”

Please do not pitch him genre fiction. That means no mystery, thriller, romance, science fiction, or fantasy.


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