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Agency News

DSM Agency is currently not taking on new projects. After 20 years in business, with 90 clients, about 600 deals made (over 100 domestic, 450 translations, 50 subsidiary rights), and 20 interns, I have decided to concentrate on the business we currently have and take a break from adding new clients.  The industry is changing rapidly and I need time to rethink the literary agency business model.  Our family also continues to mourn the loss of my dear brother and his son:

All the best,

In Tribute to Marty & Denali Schmidt

DSM Agency is mourning the tragic loss of world-class climber Marty Schmidt  and his son Denali Schmidt (Doris’s beloved brother and nephew) in an avalanche on the mountain K2. Our hearts go out to their family, friends, and loved ones. We wish them much love and strength during this difficult time.


 Marty Schmidt’s Facebook page

Alaskan Adventures, Marty and Denali Schmidt

There have been and will be a number of memorial gatherings including the one described below on August 11th in Bear Valley and the one in the home town of Doris in California in October and the one later this year in New Zealand.

Summer Intern Testimonial

DSM Agency is extremely thankful to have had Alicia Ramirez as the 2013 summer intern. We wish her much success wherever her journey takes her.

My internship at DSM Agency taught me that working at a literary agency goes beyond reading submissions. I learned how to sell a book for the best possible terms and establish a great relationship with an author. Doris and Pauline were incredibly supportive and went beyond their way to provide me with resources so that I could make the most out of my experience. They invited me to events for agents, which have made me a well-rounded intern. Thanks to their mentorship, I now have a solid foundation that will help me blossom into a publishing professional in the near future.

– Alicia Ramirez

For more intern testimonials, click here.