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Elias Altman

An agent with Massie & McQuilkin (MMQLIT) (see other agents at this agency).

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ELIAS ALTMAN — agent (joined 2018) — was raised in Vermont, attended Concord Academy, interned at the Huffington Post in 2006, and graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in art history and English in 2007. Altman served as a senior editor at Lapham’s Quarterly for seven years, editing anthologized essays by writers like Anne Fadiman, Pico Iyer, Simon Winchester, and Michael Wood. In 2015 he became an agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (now Aevitas Creative Management) and three years later he joined Massie & McQuilkin. Altman has written criticism and personal essays for, among other publications, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation, the Georgia Review, and Vogue. As an agent Altman specializes in sharp, moving narratives featuring psychological insight, timeless themes, and strong characters, whether in reported non-fiction, popular history, memoir, or literary fiction. Clients whose books have published recently or are forthcoming include Maggie Doherty (The Equivalents; Knopf), Richard Kreitner (Break It Up; Little, Brown), Alexander Nemerov (Fierce Poise; Penguin Press), Jessica Donati (Eagle Down; PublicAffairs), David Coggins (The Optimist; Scribner), Cassandra Quave (The Plant Hunter; Viking), and Jerad Alexander (Volunteers, Algonquin). Altman also represents journalists, historians, essayists, and scientists like Victor Luckerson, Rosie Gray, Vanessa A. Bee, John Koblin, Prudence Peiffer, Sam Bloch, Noah Kulwin, Yi-Ling Liu, Sarah Esther Maslin, and Katy Walter Anthony.

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Country & Year Established

United States Agent since 2015

Fiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Novel Novel
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults.

Lengths:
Book Book
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Memoir.

Submissions:

Method: Email.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.


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AccuracyWe have received 5 reports from 5 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported4 min | 65.0 mean avg | 35.0 median | 182 max days (75.9 std dev)
Pending3 responses are pending (2 min | 51.7 mean avg | 46.0 median | 107 max days waiting | 52.7 std dev) from 3 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The agent will try to make a decision within 2 days. (100.0 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 2 days.)
This agent may not respond to all queries. After waiting the time indicated above, assume your submission will not be accepted.
Most recent response reported was received on 21 Dec 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 17 Dec 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 03 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 28 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 17 May 2018

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