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Shawn Coyne, Literary Agent, Interview (Pt. 1)

Jan 30, 2010

   Shawn Coyne, Literary Agent

Shawn Coyne is the founder of Genre Management Inc., a boutique literary management company based in New York. Coyne began his publishing career as an assistant to the editorial director at Delacorte Press in 1990. He was promoted to editor of Dell publishing's paperback crime imprint in 1992 and ran Dell's nonfiction Expedition line devoted to first person nonfiction accounts of man in and against nature. Coyne left Dell publishing to become Senior Editor at St. Martin's Press. He founded St. Martin's paperback mystery line and published works across many genres. In 1996, Coyne was hired by Doubleday as Senior Editor, responsible for all major acquisitions for thriller fiction and sports nonfiction. He spent four years at Doubleday and acquired a wide range of bestselling fiction and nonfiction including Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE and Bill Murray's CINDERELLA STORY.

 

In 2001, Coyne left Doubleday to form his own publishing company, Rugged Land Books. In Rugged Land's six years, seven of the 40 books published were New York Times Bestsellers, a remarkable run for an independent publishing company in an era of conglomerate publishing. In 2007, Coyne shuttered Rugged Land to become an agent at the Endeavor Agency in New York. When Endeavor merged with William Morris Agency in 2009, Coyne went back to his entrepreneurial roots and founded Genre Management. Coyne's twenty years of experience as an editor, publisher, and literary agent gives him a unique command of every aspect of the business.

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Writercarol: Lightbulb moment
at Apr 02, 2011 - 6:48 PM
My favorite part here is when Mr. Coyne asks himself, when reviewing a query letter, "Is there a hole in the marketplace that this writer can fill?" I've gotten some great rejection letters from agents as I market my memoir, statements like "best writing I've seem come across my desk in years," but they've all said the same thing: seen the story before, in one version or another. I stepped back & realized that I did have a very unique angle to my story but an angle that was too buried in the manuscript. Mr. Coyne's question was a lightbulb moment for me & verified what I had just learned: bring my unique angle to the surface so that it can fill that hole in the marketplace. Thanks!

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