Agent and former publisher of NAL Elaine Koster died on Tuesday in New York, at age 69. In the second phase of her career Koster founded an eponymous literary agency in 1998, where she represented Khaled Hosseini among others. While publisher at NAL, she famously acquired paperback reprint rights to Stephen King’s CARRIE from Doubleday for $400,000 at the beginning of his career
Chandler Crawford at the Chandler Crawford Agency, who represented translation rights for the Koster Agency’s books, said: “I am heartbroken that Elaine has died, though I take comfort in knowing how much she did for the publishing industry as a champion and friend to so many exceptional authors.”
A formal statement is expected later today.