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The Incidental Agent: How Former Gossip Columnist Doug Dechert Became a Can’t-Miss Literary Agent

Doug Dechert is a force of nature. His personality is as loud and bombastic as his blazers. After spending a decade writing for the famed Page Six gossip column of the New York Post, along with other publications such as the Daily Mail, the Star, and the National Enquirer, his personality and devil-may-care attitude are tailored perfectly for what he has candidly termed his “successful side hustle.”
Dechert has been representing literary talent of the conservative persuasion, who would otherwise go unnoticed … or at least unpublished. He makes his home in New York—not the most welcoming of places for conservatives, especially those in the media. But the political climate within the publishing houses and media conglomerates of the Big Apple has been of little deterrence and hasn’t altered his success rate….

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