Full Agent Profile: Dorian Karchmar


Dorian Karchmar

William Morris Endeavor

Literary Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Short Stories | Offbeat/Quirky

History | Biography | Food & Lifestyle | Science | Memoirs | Women's Issues | Narrative | Psychology

  • This agent accepts queries

    • Specializes in literary fiction with mainstream potential or an eccentric edge
    • She has a solid track-record of working with debut novelists

    • Email: query only
    • Snail Mail: query with SASE

    • She left Lowenstein-Yost in May 2005 to become an agent with WMA
    • MFA degree from the University of Iowa

    Fiction | Women's Fiction | Historical Fiction
    Alexandra Curry's THE CONCUBINE'S CHILD, pitched as inspired by the life of the legendary Qing Dynasty courtesan Sai Jin Hua, traversing continents and political regimes as a woman bound by tradition and servitude braves the dangerous nineteenth-century years between the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion, witnessing explosive changes in the world as she finds her true place in it, to Denise Roy at Dutton, at auction, to be simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, by Dorian Karchmar at William Morris Endeavor (NA).

    Fiction | Literary Fiction | Historical Fiction
    American reporter, foreign correspondent, and current book and arts critic for the Economist, Alix Christie's GUTENBERG'S APPRENTICE, a novel about the first media revolution -- the invention of printing in medieval Germany -- told through the lives of three men who made it possible: the visionary genius Johann Gutenberg; his financial backer Johann Fust; and the reluctant scribe-turned-apprentice Peter Schoeffler, future printer, publisher, and the teller of the tale, to Terry Karten at Harper, in a pre-empt, by Dorian Karchmar at William Morris Endeavor (NA).

    Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
    Author:   Marc Estrin
    Genres:   Offbeat/Quirky
    Publisher:   Blue Hen; (February 14, 2002)
    Gregor, metamorphosed into a man-sized roach, canters picaresquely through some of the key historical events of the first half of the Twentieth Century as if they were real
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    Mrs. Kimble: A Novel
    Author:   Jennifer Haigh
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   William Morrow; 1st ed edition (February 1, 2003)
    Three women who successively marry Ken Kimble all believe they've found the perfect partner, and all are proven wrong
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    This is Not Civilization: A Novel
    Author:   Robert Rosenberg
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Offbeat/Quirky
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin; (June 16, 2004)
    The lives of people from vastly different backgrounds--a Soviet cheese factory manager, an American Peace Corps volunteer, and an Apache Native American--all converge in Istanbul during the destruction of the 1999 earthquake
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    Summer In The Land Of Skin
    Author:   Jody Gehrman
    Genres:   Commercial Fiction | Offbeat/Quirky
    Publisher:   Red Dress Ink; (August 1, 2004) paperback
    Anna Medina, 25, is feeling suicidal when she impulsively leaves her San Francisco home for Seattle to track down her dead father's old guitar-making partner with ambitions to become a luthier herself
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    Author:   Patricia Wood
    Genres:   Commercial Fiction
    Publisher:   Berkley Trade (June 3, 2008)
    Winning a $12-million lottery jackpot complicates the life of 32-year-old Perry L. Crandall, the dedicated employee of a marine supply store in the harbor city of Everett, WAm, who also happens to only have an IQ of 76, and emphatically proclaims that he is slow, not retarded.
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    Gardens of Water: A Novel
    Author:   Alan Drew
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 10, 2009)
    The tale of a teenaged Kurdish girl and an American boy who fall in love over the objection of the girl's father, a Muslim Kurd living in Istanbul.
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    Knit Two
    Author:   Kate Jacobs
    Genres:   Women's Fiction
    Publisher:   Putnam Adult (November 25, 2008)
    The sequel to the number-one New York Times bestseller, The Friday Night Knitting Club, this book returns to the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker and her young daughter, Dakota. Dakota is now an eighteen-year-old freshman at NYU, running the little yarn shop part-time with help from the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club.
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    Everything Beautiful in the World
    Author:   Lisa Levchuk
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (October 28, 2008)
    A teenage girl grapples with isolation, grief over her mother's cancer, and a burgeoning affair with her art teacher in 1980s New Jersey
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    The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel
    Author:   Elle Newmark
    Genres:   Commercial Fiction | Historical Fiction
    Publisher:   Atria (December 30, 2008)
    A penniless orphan living in Venice at the dawn of the Renaissance is taken in as apprentice to the chef at the doge's palace and while learning the alchemy of cooking, finds himself entangled in the search for an ancient tome rumored to contain secrets of immeasurable power
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    Dream House
    Author:   Valerie Laken
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers (February 2009)
    Pushcart Prize and Missouri Review Editor's Prize winner Valerie Laken's DREAM HOUSE, a tale of race, class and the power of home, telling the story of a fixer-upper house -- once the site of a domestic homicide -- that unites a recently paroled murderer, a young couple with a crumbling relationship, and a man still grappling with events of a night long ago
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