Writers House a Literary Agency

Updated November 16, 2009

Writers House was founded in 1973 with a vision for a new kind of literary agency, one that would combine a passion for managing a writer’s career with an integrated understanding of how storytelling works. With this two-pronged philosophy, Writers House has played a critical role in developing the careers of hundreds of novelists and non-fiction authors. We believe in offering our clients not only our expertise in negotiating contracts, but in contributing to all phases of the editorial and publishing processes. Our goal is to maximize the value of our clients’ work by providing hands-on editorial and marketing advice, as well as leading the way in branding, licensing, and selling film/TV, foreign, audio, dramatic and serial rights.Al Zuckerman, a former novelist, TV writer, and teacher of playwriting at Yale, is the founder of Writers House. One of the largest literary agencies in the world, Writers House prides itself on providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments as well as a four person accounting and royalty staff. Home to 12 agents and several rising junior agents, we work individually as well as collectively and take full advantage of the unparalleled depth of experience we embody. Some of our agents started here as assistants, while others have joined us from other parts of the business, bringing editorial, book selling, writing, and legal experience. We also pride ourselves on the stability of our firm. Many of our agents have been here together for more than 20 years, as have many of our clients. Writers House is a name which reflects our vision for our authors and ourselves. Our goals are long term and the environment we strive to create is one that invites authors and agents to stay with us for the duration of their careers.

 

 

We represent:

     Writers House represents fiction and non-fiction, for both adult and juvenile books. Our agents work with literary and commercial fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative non-fiction, history, memoirs, biographies, books on psychology, science, parenting, cookbooks, how-to, self-help, business, finance, young adult and juvenile fiction/non-fiction and picture books. 

     

We do not represent:

Submission Guidelines

 Please send us a query letter of no more than two pages, which includes your credentials, an explanation of what makes your book unique and special, and a synopsis. Also, please include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope for our reply, which generally takes six to eight weeks.
We receive hundreds of submissions a month, all of which receive careful consideration. This takes time, so we encourage your patience. If we request your manuscript, we prefer that you send it to us on an exclusive basis.
Please do not query two agents within our agency simultaneously.
All queries may be addressed to:Submissions
Writers House
21 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

If you wish to submit to Steve Malk in our San Diego office, queries may be addressed to:

Writers House
3368 Governor Drive, #224F
San Diego, CA 92122
We cannot guarantee a response to queries submitted electronically. Policies vary for each individual agent.

 

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