Literary Group

Finding and representing the next generation of authors

The Rebecca Pratt

Please note that all initial queries must be submitted using the instructions contained here.  If your query is accepted it may be assigned to Dick for review and with the idea he will be the agent with whom you will work directly.  Bypassing our system will not improve your chance of having your manuscript accepted.

Contact Dick

by email:

Do not send queries direct. 
Follow the instructions here.

by phone: 847 455-9181

by fax:  717 625-3754

by mail:  Richard Baran, Agent

              Seven Mile House

              5 Keener Road

              Lititz, PA 17543

Richard Baran

Associate Agent

Dick was both a teacher and a football coach for forty years at the secondary and collegiate levels.  He has nine completed novels to his credit and has taught adult continuing education classes in Creative

Writing and How to Market Your Writing.  His

varied “likes” include two of the three R’s—and

‘Rithmetic ain’t one of ‘em.   Fishing, hiking and

golf, all accompanied by his ubiquitous camera,

expand his eclectic  list of likes.

Dick further likes Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Bob

Newhart and any comic whose humor does not

live or die on the misuse of the profane.  Also Jazz,

Swing, Blues, pre-New York money influenced

Country, Bluegrass and 50s and 60s Rock--devoid

of pyrotechnics, all tempt his musical taste buds. 

A Chorus Line is his favorite play, followed closely by Jersey Boys and most Neil Simon works.  Favorite books and authors could well be his next writing project.  Recent likes are “Water for Elephants,” “The Help” and “Devil in the White City.”  Any novels written by Clive Cussler, as a solo, and Vince Flynn entertain him along with historical novels.

This cicerone will work his tail feathers off for any storyteller who knows how to structure an English sentence and has a thick hide.  His nose does not take kindly to Sci-Fi, wordsmiths beating a drum for a cause or those who attempt to remodel best sellers in their own image and likeness.