One little mistake made years ago and if you were thinking of querying Miriam Goderich, don't expect an answer.
She's swamped right now, because of a little mistake made years ago.
She signed on a new client back in 1991, an up-and-coming Harvard Law grad who was biracial in a white-bread university. At least it was something positive from a marketing perspective.
The client's father was born in Kenya, but Ms. Goderich slipped up and wrote that her client himself was born in Kenya.
No problem until Barry Obama from Harvard became Barack Obama the President of the US of A, elected in a cloud of controversy over his birth. The old 1991 promotional catalog didn't come up at the time, but it has since resurfaced and the buzz on the Internet is enough to drown out your little query.
Rather than spend time reading letters from potential clients, such as you, Ms. Goderich is busy answering e-mails from every news organization out there, repeating her explanation that she made a mistake and no one ever noticed.
You can bet she's had it with the controversy. She's in a foul mood by this time, and no matter how well polished a query you might want to fire off to her, she can't possibly give it a fair perusal. All this "born in Kenya told you so he's not legally President" rhetoric has put her off her game, distracted her from seriously assessing your plot points.
The storm will blow over soon enough.
American voters are more worried about their jobs and the economy these days than to wonder if Barack Obama was born in Kenya or found in a reed basket along the Chicago River by the Daley clan.
Sit on that query to Miriam Goderich for a couple of weeks.
Don't rush into something that won't end well. You get one chance to ask Ms. Goderich to be your literary agent. Approach her when she's in the right frame of mind.