Margret McBride

The Margret McBride Literary Agency

Margret McBride began a career that served her love of books in New York, working at Random House in New York. Her office was next door to the editor of the Doctor Seuss books. As postcards and missives from the author came to the editor, the editor would share them with her. The picture over his desk, the view of La Jolla from Ted Geisel’s studio was a clue to her future. In 1980, she was living in La Jolla, and opening her literary agency and having fun times with Ted and his wife Audrey. In her “New York Years” in publishing she worked in the marketing departments of Random House and Ballantine Books, and as the Director of Publicity at Warner Books, and Director of Publicity, Promotions and Advertising for Pinnacle Books. Knowing what the media wants and readers love to read set the stage for her immediate success as an agent. In 1981, year later, she sold a small book to William Morrow (Harper Collins) by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson MD, called THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER. Thirty years and millions of copies later, the 30th Anniversary Edition THE NEW ONE MINUTE MANAGER was published. Two other bestselling parables followed years later: Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (Hachette Books) will next year celebrate their the 20th Anniversary of FISH! A Remarkable Way To Boost Morale and Improve Results. Bob Burg and John Mann have just passed their tenth anniversary with Portfolio, their hugely successful, GO-GIVER A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea. She is a proud member of the American Association of Literary Agents and the Author’s Guild. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The La Jolla Playhouse, located on the campus of the University of California at San Diego. Margret previously served on the Library Board of the University of California at San Diego and under her five-year direction, the UCSD Writers Conference attracted a distinguished faculty of publishers, editors and agents, as well as international participants. Margret is interested in a wide range of commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, medical suspense, legal thrillers, and stories featuring strong female protagonists. Her nonfiction interests include biographies and memoirs, history, psychology, health, self-improvement and business, especially entrepreneurship, management, and finance. She also has had a weakness for perfectly executed, mind-blowing business parables.

PO Box 9128,

La Jolla, CA, 92038

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Fiction: Thriller
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
NF: Biography
NF: Business/Investing/Finance
NF: Cooking
NF: Diet
NF: Health
NF: History/Politics/Current Affairs
NF: How-To
NF: Lifestyle
NF: Memoir
NF: Narrative
NF: Pop Culture
NF: Science
NF: True Crime
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction: Advice/Relationships



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How to successfully present your work

Our Agency Welcomes the opportunity to review your work. As of July 20, 2020, we are no longer accepting email queries. Please submit your query or proposal via QueryManager. Please note, for works of nonfiction, we require a complete, polished book proposal. Your book proposal should include a 1-2 page overview of the book (think of it as your elevator pitch), information regarding your author platform, a promotion/marketing plan, a comparative works section, chapter summaries, and at least two sample chapters. We have included general proposal guidelines below. For more detailed information and guidance about writing book proposals, we recommend the books Write the Perfect Book Proposal by Jeff Herman and Deborah Levine-Herman, How To Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen, and this excellent post about book proposals on Jane Friedman’s website: Due to the volume of queries we receive, we ask that you allow six to eight weeks for a response. In the meantime, please inform us if you receive interest from other agents, or if you have contracted with another agent.