Writing Books/"boutique"


Hello Mark.

Exactly what is a "boutique" literary agency? My guess, the term is a cover for "one desk in the corner of a Diningroom, somewhere".Do you know?

Dan O'Hanlon

Dear Dan,

It's not as bad as that. It's actually a smaller agency that, perhaps, specializes in just a few genres and has one or a handful of agents. If you were to compare it to a publisher, a boutique agency is to a small, independent publisher, as a large agency (a la William Morris) is to a mega-publisher (like Random House). One is not better than the other; it just serves a different purpose. You may be more likely to get individual attention from a boutique publisher/agency, for example.

Hope this helps.

Mark David,
author, The MoonQuest

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Mark David Gerson


Happy to answer questions about writing, writer's block, publishing/self-publishing. Can answer general questions, but not available to critique work.


Published author; have taught writing for 15 years at colleges, universities and community centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Author of the fantasy adventure, The MoonQuest, and the book of writing inspiration and practice, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write. Freelanced full-time as a writer, journalist and editor for more than a decade. Published in a wide range of publications. Free inspirational e-newsletter has 1200 subscribers in more than a dozen countries.

Published Author. Published Freelance Writer. More than 15 years of teaching/coaching/consulting.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Discovery Award 2006; Award-Winning Finalist in Visionary Fiction, the National Best Books 2007 Awards

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