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Initial post: Oct 20, 2008 7:41:47 PM PDT
I am looking to contact potential book agents who handle sports novels. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008 8:16:36 AM PDT
L. A. Kane says:
Depends on your situation. In many cases, particularly for non-fiction, an agent is not necessary. Make of list of publishers who carry books similar to what you've written. Go to a few of their web sites and see what their submission rules are. In the case of martial arts, which is what I write, none of the major publishers (e.g., Turtle, Paladin, YMAA, etc.) requires an agent. Saves you time and money to cut out the middleman and do it yourself. Many of the big fiction publishing houses, however, only take submissions through an agent as they want that extra vetting process. In cases where an agent is required, find quality books of the type you've written and look at the acknowlegements page. Most authors give a shout out to their agent there, so you can get a list of names to contact. You can also try getting a hold of the authors directly for references. Not everyone is approachable, but many of us remember struggling to get our first book published and are happy to help up-and-coming new writers. Best luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2008 4:57:03 PM PDT
Golden Oldie says:

Good luck placing your novel. I hope it works out for you. I myself am currently writing a boxing novel.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2009 5:19:30 AM PST
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I have found Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2009 to be very helpful. The agent profiles are long and detailed. It is available here at Good luck in your quest!

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 6:24:21 AM PST
Hello All, this seems like the place to be if you're an author or reader of sports related books.

When your boxing novel is ready make sure you post it because I would like to read it. I have a boxing story I have been working on myself. But my book, Swarm, sounds like it will be something that you might want to check out if you're a sports fan. In my book, Swarm, NFL hopeful Rodney Morgan was on the verge of having it all until he refused to do the bidding of a dangerous mob boss named, Genco Giuseppe. Bent on making an example of Rodney his henchmen cause a deadly accident that robs him of his future in professional sports and claims the lives of his wife and unborn child. Broken and running for his life Rodney is contemplating suicide until he meets a football coach in Sunbury Georgia that changes his life.

What is Swarm?
The Swarm is an original idea that came to me one day on the way to work while I was in Saudi Arabia. It was a vision of a football team coming out of a tunnel and entering a very harsh environment that's all I saw. With no previous writing experience I taught myself how to formulate my idea into what it is today.
What is it about?
Swarm is about a lot of things. Being considered an underdog is one of them. You have a Football team, who in their own rights, are dominate but are considered underdogs when matched up against teams that have national recognition. A second chance is another great way to describe it. The main character named Rodney Morgan, named after a good friend of mine but no true relation, is put in a situation where the world could be at his finger tips. And in an instant, it's all gone which leaves him broken to the point where suicide feels like the only option left in his life that makes sense. This story is about redemption and hard work. That's what it takes for our main character to prove to others and more importantly himself that his life matters and that he has a purpose to strive for again.

It's a real engaging book that will give you the ability to feel a lot of different emotions and put sports and life into a real prospective.

For more info you can go to
you can peek inside the book here at amazon and barnes and noble.

Norman E Harris Jr

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 8:39:19 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 25, 2009 12:40:37 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 19, 2010 2:42:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2010 2:44:48 PM PDT
I am currently looking for an Agent to handle "The Knuckleballer." A life story of an artist who could make the ball dance. A pitch that has become more scarce than a $4 grandstand ticket. A pitch you don't grab it! Some catchers say; "Handling a knuckleball is easy, just wait til it stops rolling and pick it up"...

R. McNeal, Sr.
Author: "Sleeper Cell"
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