The Argosy was the first pulp magazine. It begun as a weekly “story paper” titled The Golden Argosy, consisting of youth-oriented fiction and “rags to riches” tales by the likes of Horatio Alger, Jr. and Edward S. Ellis. It was the brainchild of Frank Andrew Munsey, a Western Union telegraph manager who dreamed “great dreams to the tune of the printing-press.”Munsey moved to New York City in September 1882. Following several months of financial hardships and entrepreneurial uncertainty, he published the first issue of The Golden Argosy (December 9, 1882). After several years, the drawbacks of producing a paper specifically for juvenile readers led Munsey to rethink his targeted audience. Juvenile audiences continuously outgrew the medium, and they lacked disposable incomes of their own that would attract advertisers. Following this reasoning, the all-new Argosy appeared in October 1896; the magazine was now intended for an adult audience, and was produced on less-expensive pulpwood paper, allowing for a substantial increase in page numbers and content. This new type of periodical, the pulp magazine, was a runaway success, and within ten years Argosy‘s circulation had surpassed 500,000 a month. Argosy was a showcase for popular fiction of every genre imaginable. Western, romance, adventure, war, crime, and science-fiction stories all found their home in Argosy. Argosy published the works of popular pulp authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Max Brand, Malcolm Wheeler Nicholson, H. Bedford Jones, Fred MacIssac, and scores of others. In the years and months preceding Pearl Harbor, Argosy shed its all-fiction persona, and began to incorporate “real-life” articles, such as those predicting German attacks on New York or detailing Japanese atrocities in occupied China. In 1942, Argosy was sold to Popular Publications, which also owned Argosy‘s chief rival, Adventure; an action that resulted in further editorial augmentations. Over the course of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Argosy became a “men’s” magazine, and the quality of its fiction diminished. The title continued as a general interest periodical through the 1960s and 70s, with special “annual” issues dedicated to topics such as Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, and UFOs. Argosy finally ceased publication in 1979, ninety-seven years after its inception.
Argos Panoptes, a hundred-eyed giant who guarded Io
Argus (King of Argos), the son of Zeus and Niobe; Zeus’ first child by a mortal
Argos (Arestor’s son) the shipwright who built the Argo, the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed
Argosy Foreign Rights Agency, founded in 2012, manages foreign rights for all titles or for specific authors on behalf of international publishers and literary agents, and attend all major book fairs (Frankfurt, Guadalajara, London, Salone del Libro, Bologna, Paraty Festival).
Our focus is on Portuguese, Brazilian, Catalan, Latin American and Francophone literary and upmarket fiction.
We sell rights worldwide with a core in the following territories: English speaking countries, France, Italy, Spain and Latin America. In some countries, we work with co-agents.
Vergílio Ferreira (Portugal)
Aquilino Ribeiro (Portugal)
Fernando Sobral (Portugal)
Manuel Jorge Marmelo (Portugal)
Cristina Zabalaga (Portugal, Bolivia)
Godofredo De Oliveira Neto (Brazil)
Daniel Krupa (Argentina)
Claudia Apablaza (Chile)
Maori Pérez (Chile)
Ileana Elordi (Chile)
Marc Romera (Catalonia)
Max Besora (Catalonia)
Raúl Portero (Catalonia)
Guy Vaes (Belgium)
Dominic Iannuzzi (Quebec)
Bryan Perro (Quebec)
Portugal & Brazil: Bertrand
Catalonia: Males Herbes, La Breu, H2o
Quebec/Canada: Coup de Tête, Héliotrope, Acacia House Publishing (Italy only)
Chile: Editorial Cuneta, Libros La Calabaza del diablo
Argentina: FCE, Eduvim
Caterina da Lisca (Barcelona, Spain). Caterina focuses on fiction books from Catalonia, Latin America and Francophone countries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel.: (+34) 93 01 02 245
Sarah Katooki (Lisbon, Portugal). Sarah mainly works with Portuguese, Brazilian and Latin American fiction authors. Email: email@example.com
Arantxa Martínez (Valparaíso, Chile). Arantxa is our fantastic literary scout for Chilean and Latin American literature. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
José Antonio Vila Sánchez (Barcelona, Spain). José Antonio works on professional manuscript evaluation, advises on necessary editing and project viability. Email: email@example.com
Brazil: Valeria Martins
Japan: Japan UNI Agency
Czech Republic: Kristin Olson Literary Agency
Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia: Katai & Bolza Literary Agents
Turkey: AnatoliaLit Agency
Greece: Ceska Agency
We are currently accepting submissions for Spanish, Catalan and Italian fiction. We are open to to reviewing unpublished material from both first-time authors and publishing veterans. We look for quality adult fiction in a wide spectrum of genres but we are NOT accepting:
• Screen Plays
• Short stories
• Film Treatments
• Picture Books (although graphic novels will be accepted)
• Children’s Books (although young adult and middle grade titles will be accepted)
Authors should submit an initial proposal stating the genre of the novel and including: a synopsis, some biographical info and a sample. We will reply within two-three weeks to let you know if we are interested in reading the full manuscript (electronic files only).
We do not charge a reading fee to review manuscripts.