Full Agent Profile: Vicky Bijur


Vicky Bijur

Vicky Bijur Literary Agency

Literary Fiction | Mystery | Thrillers/Suspense | Graphic Novels

History | Biography | Food & Lifestyle | Politics | Medical | Science | Parenting | Self-Help | Cookbooks | Memoirs | Current Affairs | Women's Issues | Narrative | Psychology | Health & Fitness | Nature/Ecology | Cultural/Social Issues | Journalism

  • This agent accepts queries

    • In terms of nonfiction, she is most interested in narrative nonfiction, science journalism, cookbooks, food writing, graphic nonfiction, biography, memoir, history, journalism, women's issues, environmental subjects, and most other forms of nonfiction; she wants a nonfiction author's writing credits to show that you're dedicated to your field
    • In terms of fiction, she is interested in literary fiction, literary mystery, and mystery; she looks for good writing that catches her by surprise, whether it's a turn of phrase or a really fleshed out character or dialogue that sparkles in some way
    • She does NOT represent romance, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, screenplays, sports, diet and fitness, crafts.
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    • Ms. Bijur accepts email and snail mail queries through her assistant, Claire Dunnington; please send email queries with first chapter pasted in the body to: assistant@vickybijuragency.com. Expect to hear back in four to six weeks. If you have not heard back in six weeks, contact Bijur via email.
    • Fiction: query and first chapter (if emailed, please paste chapter into body of email as she doesn't open attachments from unfamiliar senders)
    • Nonfiction: query only (if she is interested, she will request the proposal)
    • If you query by hard copy, please include an SASE for her response. If you want your material returned, include an SASE large enough to contain pages
    • No phone or fax queries

    • Vicky Bijur started her agency in 1988 after working at Oxford University Press and with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. She represents fiction and non-fiction. Books she represents have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year, the Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times Best Fiction of the Year, Washington Post Book World Rave Reviews of the Year, and been nominated for the L.A. Times Book Award as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award.
    • Three of her mystery writers have won the Edgar Award.
    • Vicky has served as president of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives), the only organization of literary and dramatic agents in North America. She is currently Chair of its Ethics Committee.
    • Vicky has been profiled in Poets & Writers and in Literary Agents: A Writer’s Introduction by John Baker (Macmillan).
    • She has been quoted on the subject of agenting in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly.
    • For two years she taught “The Role of the Literary Agent” at NYU.
    • New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman (NY Times Notable Book list); Larry Gonick; Margaret Maron, winner of Edgar, Anthony, Agatha awards for best novel; James Sallis (on NY Times Notable Book list and Entertainment Weekly list of top ten novels); New York Times Labor and Workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse; Julie Smith, winner of Edgar for best novel; Herbert Benson, M.D.; Robert Kanigel (NY Times Notable Book list); Jack Gorman, M.D.; Alan Greene, M.D.; Ed Levine, frequent contributor to New York Times; Dave Pasternack; Edgar nominee Anne Argula; Darryl Ponicsan; Julia Fox Garrison (in Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program); Paul Miskovitz, M.D.
    • Larry Gonick's CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE, volumes 1-3 (Doubleday and Norton), CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD (HarperCollins); Laura Lippman's twelve books (Harper); Margaret Maron's twenty-five books (Warner Books, Bantam Books); THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY by Robert Kanigel (Scribner); CHESTER HIMES: A LIFE by James Sallis (Walker) and DRIVE by James Sallis (Poisoned Pen and Harcourt); New YORK EATS by Ed Levine; THE BREAK-OUT PRINCIPLE by Herbert Benson, M.D., and William Proctor (Scribner); SIMPLE ITALIAN SANDWICHES (Wm. Morrow); THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS by Jack Gorman, M.D. (St. Martin's); WATER by Alice Outwater (Basic Books); over fifteen books by Julie Smith (St. Martin's, Ballantine, Tor)
    • THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA by David Pasternak and Ed Levine (Artisan, 2007); WALLA WALLA SUITE by Anne Argula (Ballantine, 2007); HARD ROW by Margaret Maron (Warner Books, 2007); NEW ORLEANS NOIR by Julie Smith (Akashic Books, 2007); SALT RIVER by James Sallis (Walker, 2007); ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS, 4th Edition, by Jack Gorman, M.D. (St. Martin's, 2007) RAISING BABY GREEN by Alan Greene, M.D. (Jossey-Bass, 2007); VEGAS NERVE by Susan Rogers Cooper (St. Martin's, 2007); SHELL GAME by Sarah Shaber (St. Martin's, 2007); THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WORKER by Steven Greenhouse (Knopf, 2008); next book by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins, 2008); SIMPLE ITALIAN SNACKS by Jason Denton and Kathryn Kellinger (William Morrow, 2008); DAVID MAMET: A LIFE IN THE THEATER by Ira Nadel (Palgrave, 2008); KRAPP'S LAST CASSETTE by Anne Argula (Ballantine, 2008); next books by Sujata Massey, Marcia Talley, and Susan Rogers Cooper (Severn House, 2008); next book by Betsy Thornton (St. Martin's 2008); PAINT THE TOWN DEAD by Nancy Bell (St. Martin's, 2008); CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD, Part 2 by Larry Gonick (HarperCollins, 2009)
    • Film rights to EVERY SECRET THING by Laura Lippman optioned by Frances McDormand; film rights to DRIVE by James Sallis optioned for Hugh Jackman at Universal Studios by Marc Jaffe Productions; film rights to James Sallis's six Lew Griffin novel sold to producer J/P. Williams in six-ficgure buyout of the entire franchise; film rights to THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY optioned by Matt Brown and Ed Pressman; UK rights to WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman to Orion; audio rights to HARD ROW by Margaret Maron to Recorded Books; recent sales to Sweden, Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Holland,Taiwan, Finland, UK, Thailand, Czech Republic, Poland
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    The Ninth Step: A Jack Leightner Crime Novel
    Author:   Gabriel Cohen
    Genres:   Thrillers/Suspense
    Publisher:   Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
    A family tragedy comes back to haunt Jack Leightner in Cohen's fourth crime novel featuring the Brooklyn homicide detective (after 2009's Neptune Avenue).
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    I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel
    Author:   Laura Lippman
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense
    Publisher:   William Morrow (August 17, 2010)
    Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old married mother of two living in suburban Maryland, receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her the summer she was 15 and is now on death row. Walter wants something specific from her, but she has no idea what, and she's not sure that she wants to know.
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    Left Neglected
    Author:   Lisa Genova
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   Gallery (January 4, 2011)
    Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.
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    Death at the Alma Mater (A St. Just Mystery)
    Author:   G.M. Malliet
    Genres:   Mystery
    Publisher:   MIDNIGHT INK; 1 edition (January 8, 2010)
    When on of the wealthy alums attending a fund-raising weekend reunion is found murdered near the college boathouse, and the suspects seem to include every other alum in attendance--plus the college staff and students--Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and his assistant, Sergeant Fear, are called in to solve the crime.
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