The internet's largest free database of literary agents









QUICK AGENT SEARCH


FULL SEARCH

SEARCH TIPS





BLOG ROLL

FORMATTING TIPS

GENRE DESCRIPTIONS

AGENT LIST


QUERY SUCCESS STORIES

JOIN AGENTQUERY CONNECT


ABOUT AGENT QUERY

MISSION STATEMENT

CONTACT AQ

HOME


Full Agent Profile: Betsy Amster



NAME

Betsy Amster

AGENCY
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises
6312 SW Capitol Highway #503
Portland, OR 97239
AAR MEMBER
Yes
AGENCY PHONE
503-496-4007
AGENCY FAX
503-496-4008
EMAIL
b.amster.assistant@gmail.com (adult titles); b.amster.kidsbooks@gmail.com (children's & YA)
AGENCY WEB SITE
http://www.amsterlit.com/



FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | Chick Lit | Crime | Mystery | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Children's | Multi-Cultural | Offbeat/Quirky | Middle Grade
NONFICTION GENRES

History | Food & Lifestyle | Medical | Science | Parenting | Self-Help | Cookbooks | Memoirs | Travel | Art | Adventure/True Story | Business | Women's Issues | Pop Culture | Narrative | Psychology | Health & Fitness | Gardening | Photography | Cultural/Social Issues | Technology | Journalism | Home/Design | Gift Books

CURRENT STATUS
  • This agent accepts queries
  • MORE INFORMATION

    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    • Works with both first-time and established writers
    • The agency's areas of interest include: Literary fiction, quirky mysteries and thrillers, upscale commercial women's fiction, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, travelogues, social issues, current affairs, psychology, self-help, popular culture, Judaica, women's issues, history, biography, art & design, business, health and medicine, science and technology, parenting, cooking and nutrition, and gardening
    DOES NOT REPRESENT
    • No poetry, romance, westerns, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, action adventure, techno thrillers, spy capers, terrorist plots, or apocalypic scenarios.
    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    • http://amsterlit.com/site/submission-guidelines/
    • Email submissions for adult titles: b.amster.assistant@gmail.com (For fiction or memoirs, please embed the first three pages in the body of your e-mail; for nonfiction, please embed your proposal.)
    • Email submissions for children's and teen titles: b.amster.kidsbooks@gmail.com (Please embed the text of your picture book or the first six pages of your novel in the e-mail. No illustrations, please.)
    • Because the volume of e-mail submissions is so high, please note that the agency responds only to e-mail queries of interest. Please also note that we are no longer accepting snail mail queries.
    MANUSCRIPT FONT FACE PREFERENCE

    MANUSCRIPT FONT SIZE PREFERENCE


    FACTS/TIDBITS
    • Former editor at Pantheon and Vintage, and editorial director at Globe Pequot
    EDUCATION



    For a complete list of this agent's most recent deals, we recommend a subscription to Publishers Marketplace or click here to login to your existing PM account.

    NEW DEALS
    PAST/PRESENT CLIENTS
    The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
    Author:   Wendy Mogel
    Genres:   Religion | Parenting
    Publisher:   Scribner; (January 4, 2001)
    Clinical psychologist Mogel turns to her religious heritage for ways to help her clients and her own family
    View book at Amazon

    The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
    Author:   Elaine N. Aron
    Genres:   Parenting
    Publisher:   Harpercollins Pub Ltd (July 31, 2003)
    As a highly sensitive person (HSP) herself and a psychotherapist, Aron is in a strong position to provide guidance to parents who are raising highly sensitive children (HSCs), and provides here a wealth of useful suggestions and case studies
    View book at Amazon

    Wild Indigo
    Author:   Sandi Ault
    Genres:   Mystery
    Publisher:   Berkley Hardcover (January 2, 2007)
    The high desert of New Mexico becomes the backdrop for this debut novel of ancient rituals, restless spirits, a desperate female Fed, and a crime that could destroy an entire culture
    View book at Amazon

    Famous Writers School: A Novel
    Author:   Steven Carter
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Humor/Satire
    Publisher:   Counterpoint Press (October 30, 2006)
    A witty send-up of aspiring authors on the make--and a hard-boiled mystery involving sex, drugs, and real estate
    View book at Amazon

    Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up
    Author:   Christopher Noxon
    Genres:   Cultural/Social Issues | Humor
    Publisher:   Crown (June 20, 2006)
    Christopher Noxon brilliantly charts the continual turning of the Boomers, X’ers and Y’ers away from the brittle authority of work-obsessed adulthood
    View book at Amazon

    The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance
    Author:   R. J. Smith
    Genres:   History | Multi-Cultural
    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (June 12, 2006)
    Drawing primarily on interviews with black Angelenos who lived through the period, Smith offers an illuminating portrait of Central Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the emerging cultural awakening that was happening in the black community of Los Angeles during the 1940s
    View book at Amazon

    What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You and the Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know: The Truth About Alternative Treatments and What Works
    Author:   Edward Schneider, M.D., and Leigh Ann Hirschman
    Genres:   Health & Fitness
    Publisher:   Avery; 1st edition (June 1, 2006)
    A discerning guide to alternative therapies for common health problems
    View book at Amazon

    I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society
    Author:   Amy Alkon
    Genres:   How-To | Pop Culture
    Publisher:   McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 27, 2009)
    In I See Rude People, Alkon--a popular blogger whose syndicated column appears in more than 100 papers around the country--goes to extreme lengths to force ill-behaved people to improve their manners, and inspires you to do the same.
    View book at Amazon

    Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (With Recipes)
    Author:   Nancy Spiller
    Genres:   Women's Fiction
    Publisher:   Counterpoint (January 6, 2009)
    The unnamed heroine of Spillers debut is an L.A. epicurean who's made a career writing about her perfect dinner parties. The only problem? She hasn't thrown one in years. In fact, she dislikes socializing at all. But when a well-placed magazine editor asks for an invite, our heroine is forced to reproduce her fantasy life for a do-or-die dinner.
    View book at Amazon

    The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use
    Author:   Karen Burns
    Genres:   Business | Women's Issues | Humor
    Publisher:   Running Press (March 30, 2009)
    A useful and fun book for any woman who has ever wanted, needed, lost, quit, hated, or loved a job. “Working Girl” (a.k.a. Karen Burns) has held a total of 59 jobs (so far), including housekeeper, cigarette girl, paper “boy”, model, ditch-digger, bank teller, editor, brochure writer, artist, and corporate drone. She made mistakes along the way, but extracted one important lesson from each job she has held. Working Girl now shares her hard-earned wisdom for the modern working woman with this series of 59 humorous yet practical vignettes
    View book at Amazon




    LINKS
    This is Betsy Amster's webpage at PublishersMarketplace
    http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/BetsyAmster
    This is Betsy Amster's interview on webdelsol.com
    http://webdelsol.com/Algonkian/interview-bamster.htm
    Interview with Betsy Amster on the ASJA monthly newletter
    http://www.asja.org/newspub/x0502b.php
    This is an interview with Betsy Amster on WomenonWriting.com
    http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/3-betsyamster.php
    PREVIOUS AGENCIES & ADDRESSES