Andy Ross


I opened  my literary agency in January, 2008.  Prior to that, I was the owner for 30 years of the legendary  Cody's Books in Berkeley. The agency represents books in a  wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, religion,  children's books, young adult,  middle grade, literary and commercial  fiction, and cooking.

 I am eager to represent projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will  appeal to a wide readership. In  narrative non-fiction I look for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc. I like history, science, journalism, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. I am also seeking projects in all areas by scholars who are at the top of their field and who are committed to writing in style and content for a general audience.

For literary, commercial, and children's fiction, I have only one requirement --  simple, but ineffable --  that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast  and unexplored country, the human heart.

Andy Ross

SiWC Workshops

Friday 10:30am

Pitching your book this weekend? Not sure what approach to take? Come learn from those who sit on the other side of the pitch table what works and what doesn't and what they're really thinking when you're sitting across from them. Bring your written pitches for possible anonymous assessment by our panel.

Sunday 9:30am

In this class, we will teach the basics of how to write effective non-fiction book proposals and query letters. A good query letter can be critical in getting the attention of a literary agent. A good book proposal is essential for finding a publisher for your book. We will teach the basics of each. A book proposal is a business plan. In order to understand how to write a good proposal, you need to know what acquisition editors are looking for. We will discuss the elements of the book proposal: overview, audience, competitive analysis, marketing,  author bio, the outline, and the sample chapter from the perspective of answering the critical questions that the publisher will be asking. Writing a good book proposal should not be intimidating, if you have a good book project. This class will help you through the process.