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LAUREN E. ABRAMO
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Lauren E. Abramo joined DGLM after earning an M.A. in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to attending NUIG, she completed a B.A. in English at New York University.
With two particularly impractical degrees under her belt, Lauren sought work in publishing, and DGLM has turned out to be a great fit. Now she’s the Subsidiary Rights Director for the agency and maintains a small client list. She is always on the lookout for commercial fiction, especially women’s fiction and paranormal; well-paced literary fiction with a unique voice; and a wide variety of nonfiction including pop culture, pop reference, politics, current affairs, cultural studies, science, media, history, and irreverent practical nonfiction. As Subsidiary Rights Director, she sells magazine pieces, audio books, and British and translation rights to the agency’s wide variety of titles.
Born in New York City and raised not far outside it, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.
Loretta A. Barrett is a literary agent and president of Loretta Barrett Books, Inc. in New York City, which she founded in 1990. Prior to establishing her own agency, Loretta was editor-in-chief of Anchor Books and vice president and executive editor at Doubleday. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and has representation in every major foreign market. She represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including bestselling authors Raymond Arroyo, Ray Kurzweil, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and Mariah Stewart. Other clients include Betty White, astronomer Phil Plait, minister and therapist Wayne Muller, and novelists Theresa Rebeck and Laura Van Wormer.
Loretta Barrett is a founding board member and acting secretary of Reading is Fundamental, the oldest and largest children’s and family non-profit organization in the United States. Also, she is an active member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as of Women’s Media Group, a New York based non-profit association of women who have achieved prominence in various fields of media.
Donald Maass Literary Agency
After a summer internship, Amy Boggs joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2009 as the assistant to Donald Maass. She was promoted to Contracts Manager in 2010.
She previously interned at the Beth Vesel Literary Agency and worked in a children’s bookstore while attending Vassar College.
She is looking for fiction with vivid stories and strong characters in unique, well-wrought settings.
Her focus is on fantasy and science fiction, especially urban fantasy, paranormal romance, steampunk, YA/children’s and middle-grade, and alternate history. Historical fiction, multi-cultural fiction, Westerns, historical romance, and works that challenge their genre are also welcome.
She is not looking for picture books or nonfiction.
Regina Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency, LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Prior to opening her own agency, Ms. Brooks held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill. She is the author of Essences Magazine’s quick pick children's book, Never Finished! Never Done! (Scholastic), Writing Great Books for Young Adults (Source Books) and the forthcoming title You (Really) Should Write a Book: Writing, Selling and Marketing Your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press). She is featured in books such as The Guide to Literary Agents and the NAACP-nominated Down to Business: 10 steps for Women Entrepreneurs and is a well-received blogger for the Huffington Post. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Harvard University publishing program. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Writers Digest Magazine, The Writer, and Sister2Sister Magazine.
Kimberly Cameron & Associates
Amy Burkhardt joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in the fall of 2007, and brings experience as a critical reader, an editor, and a writer herself. She represents both fiction and nonfiction projects for the adult market as well as select young adult fiction. In fiction, she looks for literary and commercial fiction, upmarket women's fiction, smart thrillers, mysteries with a twist or an unusual protagonist, historical fiction, and contemporary YA with crossover appeal. In nonfiction, she seeks narrative nonfiction and memoirs as well as prescriptive nonfiction written by experts in their field. She has a soft spot for lifestyle, humor, food, and current events topics. In any genre, she looks for accomplished writing, compelling characters, fresh voices, and timely themes. Amy has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a BA in English Literature from Bates College.
BookStop Literary Agency
Minju Chang is an agent with BookStop Literary Agency, one of the first agencies to focus exclusively on books for children and young adults. Since joining BookStop in 2006, Minju has worked closely with both authors and illustrators, including Kristyn Crow, Elizabeth Fixmer, Kristy Dempsey, Alicia Padrón, Roberta Angaramo, Marge Pellegrino, and Jill Wolfson.
Minju represents all categories of children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade to YA. She enjoys humorous—even wacky—picture books with heart, smart adventure or mystery novels, magical realism (but not high fantasy), intense and eye-opening literary fiction, re-imagined fairy tales, and rich, evocative historical fiction. Though she has a wider range of interests, she finds she is always drawn to funny, clever, and gutsy characters with big attitudes, strong relationships, unlikely heroes and misfits, and anything related to 19th-century British literature.
Curtis Brown LTD
Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown, LTD, since the fall of 2005. She represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, literary horror, young adult and middle grade fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also represents British rights for the agency’s children’s list. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a member of the Contracts Committee of the AAR. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Ginger is taking on new clients, and she prefers emailed queries. Please send just a query letter and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. She responds only if she’s interested in seeing material. She reviews emailed queries usually within two weeks of receiving them. If you prefer to mail her queries, please send just a letter and a SASE. Her response time is longer for those.
April Eberhardt Literary
After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, April Eberhardt joined the literary world as head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine, followed by five years as an agent with two San Francisco-based literary agencies. She holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She divides her time among San Francisco, New York and Paris.
Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
Lindsay Edgecombe represents a wide range of adult titles, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, lifestyle, and literary and commercial fiction. She is drawn to projects with strong narrators, obscure journeys, and political backbones, but she is an eclectic reader and will take on any project that she's passionate about. Lindsay represents journalists, debut novelists, Zen abbots, crafty sorts, sommeliers, and Japanophile bloggers, among many others. She loves to uncover new talent and to work with her clients to develop great proposals from the spark of an idea. Her authors have contributed to NPR's This American Life, written for the New York Times and The New Yorker, and have been on Oprah and The Daily Show.
Martin Literary Management
“After spending more than fifteen years in publishing in New York, I headed to Southern California and spent several years in the business there. I have recently moved to Seattle and am happy to be working as an Associate Literary Agent here at Martin Literary Management. Getting out of Manhattan gives a fresh perspective to publishing, and I love working from the West Coast. My publishing experience has encompassed working for Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harcourt Publishing, Abbeville Press and Harper. I’ve worked in marketing, sales, and special sales – doing everything from being a sales rep to handling national accounts like Borders and Barnes & Noble to marketing literary bestsellers to consumers. I’ve worked with almost every imaginable type of book – bestsellers, mysteries, journalism, foreign literature, children’s picture books, young adult literature, middle-grade novels, photography and art books – you name it. Having marketed and sold hundreds of books, nothing thrills me more than being involved in discovering new talent and working with writers to match their work with appropriate editors and publishing houses. It’s yet another dimension of helping books find the largest audience possible.”
The Cooke Agency
Sally Harding is a literary agent and co-owner of The Cooke Agency, which has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. She maintains an international perspective, representing clients from Canada, the US and further afield, and frequently travels to publishing centers, conventions and book fairs in North America and Europe to represent her clients’ interests. Omnivorous in her reading tastes, she is drawn to books that reveal a unique take on the story we think we already know. She is one of the very few Canadian agents representing genre fiction and children’s books, and is actively looking to add more of both to her list. She is on the board of the Vancouver International Writers & Readers ELI
ELIZABETH KRACHT (NEW)
Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency her experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. She thrives on working closely with authors.
Elizabeth’s life experience drives her interests, and she appreciates writing that has depth, a strong and introspective voice, and/or wisdom for contemporary living. Having lived in cities such as New York, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is compelled by urban and multicultural themes, and loves settings that are characters unto themselves.
In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries, and YA with crossover appeal. She is intrigued by untrustworthy narrators and tragic tales of class and circumstance, and she identifies with flawed and quirky yet sterling characters. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice- or adventure-driven memoir and other nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others, as well as niche projects that fill holes in the market, offer a fresh approach, or make her laugh.
Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency
Born and educated in New York City, Michael Larsen worked in promotion for Bantam, William Morrow, and Pyramid (later assimilated into Berkley). He and his wife Elizabeth Pomada started Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco in 1972. They are members of AAR and have sold books to more than 100 publishers.
Mike is eager to find nonfiction books that will excite big and midsize houses: how-to’s, self-help, business, personal finance, popular culture, biography, current affairs, history, health, medicine, spirituality, inspirational books, trends, technology, the future, and other books with practical, social, or literary value. He is the author of the third editions of How to Write a Book Proposal and How to Get a Literary Agent. With Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and David Hancock, he is co-author of the second edition of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons for Selling Your Work. Mike also has a consulting service for nonfiction writers.
KATE MCKEAN (NEW)
Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.
A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master's degree in Fiction Writing
from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career
as a literary agent. Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary
women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young
adult and middle grade fiction, narrative non-fiction, sports related
books, food writing, pop culture, and craft. She is not accepting any
epic fantasy, science fiction, or children's picture books.
Andrea Hurst Literary Agency
Vickie Motter joined Andrea Hurst Literary Agency as an agent in 2010. Vickie has a BA in English Literature and a background in freelance editorial work. She welcomes first-time fiction and nonfiction authors serious about developing their craft as well as previously published authors with strong platforms. In adult fiction she is interested in paranormal, fantasy, dark fantasy, and cozy mysteries. In YA, she seeks contemporary, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, and steampunk. She loves unique plots, dark themes, strong characters, and witty humor. In nonfiction she is looking for narrative, humorous memoir, healthy living, cookbooks, and current events.
East West Literary
Rubin Pfeffer launched his career as a designer for Macmillan Publishing Company in 1974. Following that, Rubin joined Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, serving for more than twenty seven years (1974-2001) with responsibilities spanning from entry level designer to President of the Trade division. During his tenure, the company achieved Newbery and Caldecott distinctions in Children’s Books, National book awards in Children’s and Adult Books, and three authors published by the house were honored as Nobel Laureates in Literature. Rubin also coordinated cross-divisional product-development campaigns with HBJ School. In 2001, Rubin joined Pearson, Inc., as SVP and Chief Creative Officer of the Pearson Education companies. Here he coordinated cross-company product development, leveraging Pearson and Penguin/Dorling Kindersley content for print and online products. He also directed the design of major textbook programs for the K-12 companies (Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall) and college imprints. Most recently, Rubin served as SVP and Publisher for Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. Imprints reporting to Rubin included S&S Books for Young Readers, Atheneum, McElderry Books, and Aladdin Paperbacks. His imprints achieved prestigious industry awards including the Newbery Medal and Honor and the Caldecott Honor as well as a dramatic rise in the number of New York Times bestsellers. In 2008, he launched Beach Lane Books, a commercial children’s picture book imprint. Rubin joined the East West Literary Agency in December 2009 as a partner and established the Boston base of the agency. He works with such luminary talents as David Diaz, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Jesse Watson, Jesse Joshua Watson, Jeff Mack, and a host of other published and new talents. He serves as a judge of NAPPA’s (National Parenting Publications Awards) annual round-up of best children’s books of the year.
Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency
Elizabeth Pomada worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Michael Larsen - Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Since then, they have sold books from hundreds of authors to more than 100 publishers. Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, The Author's Guild, ASJA, WNBA and co-founder with Michael of the San Francisco Writers Conference and the Writing for Change conference. She travels extensively, speaking at conferences, universities and in front of other groups of writers. She represents narrative nonfiction (memoir), adult commercial and literary fiction, women's fiction, romance, thrillers and mysteries. She loves to find promising new writers who are writing books that will interest New York publishers.
Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency
Rita Rosenkranz, who founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990, represents a full range of nonfiction categories, including health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially.
RAYHANÉ SANDERS (NEW)
WSK Management, LLC
Rayhané Sanders is the latest addition to WSK Management, LLC. After graduating from New York University, she worked as a reporter and freelance writer for such magazines as Newsweek and Forbes, as well as a talent management firm founded by Wayne Kabak, former co-COO and chief executive of the William Morris Agency. Mainly representing the kind of nonfiction that time and again leads our national discourse, Kabak’s clients include CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lou Dobbs, celebrated newswoman Jane Pauley, acclaimed biographer Kitty Kelley, musician and educator Wynton Marsalis, CNBC host Larry Kudlow, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer, Fox Business Channel’s Charlie Gasparino, NPR’s Scott Simon, noted investor and world traveler Jim Rogers, and former Senator Byron Dorgan, just to name a few. email@example.com
Ken Sherman & Associates
Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, established in 1989. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, and the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference. Since graduating from the University of California-Berkeley, Ken has returned numerous times to the classroom to teach his course, “The Business of Writing for Screen, Television and the Publishing Worlds,” at both USC and UCLA. He also co-taught a screenwriting class for many years at the Eugene International Film Festival.
Christina Ward Literary Agency
A literary agent in the Boston area since 1992, Christina (Kit) Ward was previously an editor with Little, Brown and Company. After more than 18 years as sole proprietor of Christina Ward Literary Agency, Kit has joined forces with a longtime friend and colleague, Richard Balkin of The Balkin Agency, to become The Ward & Balkin Agency, Inc., effective January 1, 2011. Kit represents a diverse list that includes such nonfiction subjects as history and biography, psychology, travel and nature writing, creative nonfiction and memoir, and a variety of practical nonfiction. Her fiction list ranges from literary to suspense, with the emphasis on literary quality. Some of her recent and forthcoming projects include:
Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart, by Howard Mansfield (Down East
Books, September 2010); The Resilient Gardener: Gardening in Good Times and Bad, by Carol Deppe (Chelsea Green Publishing, Fall 2010); Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller, by Tracy Daugherty (St. Martin’s Press, Fall 2011); On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain, by Debra Monroe (SMU Press, 2010)
That I Have (Steerforth Press, 2009) by Castle Freeman, Jr; Elegies for the Brokenhearted, by Christie Hodgen (W. W. Norton, June 2010; paperback June 2011); The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C. M. Mayo (Unbridled Books,
2009; paperback 2010); Mrs. Somebody Somebody: Stories, by Tracy Winn (SMU Press, 2009; Ballantine paperback, June 2010)
Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management
Gordon Warnock, Senior Agent, combines industry knowledge with a sharp editorial eye and experience as a college-level tutor to provide friendly and respectful aid with polishing manuscripts and book proposals. From his start as an intern, he has since worked his way up to becoming a full agent and an integral part of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. He frequently participates in conferences and workshops and speaks throughout the community. He is an honors graduate with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. With a zest for fresh, new writing and a deep love of the classics, Gordon always has his eye out for works which will not only thrive in the current market but will also withstand the test of time, bringing joy to readers for years to come. In that spirit, he seeks to establish involved, long term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.
Cherry Weiner Literary Agency
Cherry Weiner has been an agent since 1977. She started out by handling science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She now handles all genres. Among the “all genres,” she handles a good number of fairly well-known authors in the fields of romance, mystery, westerns and Native American works. Some nonfiction has even crept into the mix, but no poetry. Her experience being more tentative in the field, she tries not to handle children's or young adult manuscripts, but a few of her authors are doing the YA run so she is trying to learn the genre and submit for them.