Full Agent Profile: Matt McGowan



NAME

Matt McGowan

AGENCY
Frances Goldin Literary Agency
AAR MEMBER
Yes
EMAIL
mm@goldinlit.com
AGENCY WEB SITE
http://www.goldinlit.com/



FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | Humor/Satire | Short Stories | Offbeat/Quirky
NONFICTION GENRES

History | Sports | Food & Lifestyle | Science | Drama/Music | Memoirs | Travel | Business | Pop Culture | Narrative | Cultural/Social Issues | Humor | Journalism

CURRENT STATUS
  • This agent accepts queries
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    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    • Innovative works of both fiction and non-fiction, and he is particularly interested in writers who believe nonfiction can be as artful as fiction
    • In terms of nonfiction, he is interested in narrative nonfiction, participatory journalism, memoir, unusual and/or humorous essays, travel, sports narratives (particularly soccer), popular culture, indie music/hip hop, peculiar histories, unique and accessible food, business, science or sociology
    • In terms of fiction, he is interested in "smart pop fiction" and distinctive literary fiction
    DOES NOT REPRESENT
    • This agency does not handle screenplays, children’s books, art books, cookbooks, business books, diet books, self-help, or genre fiction (mysteries, science fiction, romance, horror, etc.)
    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    FACTS/TIDBITS
    • Among his clients are John D’Agata, Brian Evenson, Brian Lennon, Ander Monson, and R. Clifton Spargo.
    EDUCATION
    • Graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute


    NEW DEALS
    PAST/PRESENT CLIENTS
    Ghostfires: A Novel
    Author:   Keith Dixon
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Family Saga
    Publisher:   St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (January 22, 2004)
    Warren and Ben's father & son relationship disintegrates after the medically-assisted suicide of Linda, wife and mother, and her memory haunts the men like a polarizing specter
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    The Open Curtain
    Author:   Brian Evenson
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense
    Publisher:   Coffee House Press (October 1, 2006)
    Controversial Mormon history is explored in this thoughtful thriller rooted in an actual century-old murder case
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    To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist
    Author:   Bjorn Turoque, Dan Crane
    Genres:   Pop Culture
    Publisher:   Riverhead Trade (August 1, 2006)
    Actual musician and New York Times writer Crane created his alter ego, Björn Türoque, as part of a heated but unsuccessful attempt to win the 2003 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland, a yearly competition—usually attended by thousands of fans—to see who can best mime the movements of guitar solos in songs by actual rock gods such as Led Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses
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    Bank: A Novel
    Author:   David Bledin
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense
    Publisher:   Back Bay Books (May 1, 2007)
    A tale about a twenty-something investment banker associate who discovers that high-paying jobs come at a high price
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    The Perfect Baby Handbook: A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents
    Author:   Dale Hrabi
    Genres:   Pop Culture | Humor
    Publisher:   Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (March 24, 2009)
    The Perfect Baby Handbook is a satirical look at raising kids and the perfect antidote to your anxiety (since heavy drinking is out).
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    My First Dictionary: Corrupting Young Minds One Word at a Time
    Author:   Ross Horsley
    Genres:   Pop Culture | Humor
    Publisher:   It Books; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
    A children's primer for adults, consisting of sunny children's book illustrations from the past paired with the author's irreverent and sometimes twisted definitions, based on the blog of the same name
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    The Boys from Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream
    Author:   Steve Wilson
    Genres:   Sports
    Publisher:   Beacon Press (June 1, 2010)
    The soccer team at Woodburn High holds a little-heralded record for most consecutive trips to the state playoffs. Drawing from a student body that is mostly poor, mostly Mexican, Woodburn competes but, year after year, fails to win it all. In this book, Wilson replays the team’s 2005 season, dramatizing their title hopes game by game while profiling the people—coaches, parents, competing players, civil servants—and places around the players whose problem, ultimately, isn’t a lack of ability, but lack of belief in their ability to succeed.
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    LINKS
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