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Ricia Mainhardt

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Ricia Mainhardt

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Full Name: Ricia Mainhardt
Occupation: Agent, editor


Ricia Mainhardt has represented authors from her offices in New York for more than twenty years.

Originally from Wisconsin, Ricia has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in auditory electrophysiology. After spending time in her chosen specialty as well as peddling rags as a sales representative for the clothing industry, Ricia discovered a field that synthesized her love for the written word and for people.

A student, fan, and friend of greats in the science fiction field such as Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Harlan Ellison, she achieved quick success in that publishing field and opened her agency in 1987. Soon afterwards, she branched out into other areas, most notably romance and new age, and has developed numerous writers in other genres.

Ricia jointly edited two anthologies, a collection of superhero stories with John Varley and a tribute book to Robert Bloch with Richard Matheson.

Her client list has included Ray Garton (Simon and Schuster, among others) in horror, children's fiction, and novelizations, Michael A. Stackpole (Bantam, HarperCollins) in science fiction and fantasy, Richard Lee Byers (Minstrel [S&S]) in fantasy, Jim Butcher (Roc) in "gumshoe fantasy," and Janeen O'Kerry (Dorchester) in historical and time-travel romance.

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