The Directory of Literary Agents
7 Insider Secrets to Get a Top Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal (65 minutes)
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Literary Agent Directory
Important: Visit each agent’s website (links in their listings below) to see if they’re open to submissions before querying.
Ike Williams Kneerim & Williams Literary DO NOT QUERY – THIS AGENT IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONSQuery method(s): Email *
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This literary agent represents:
NONFICTION: Biography * General Nonfiction * History * Nature * Politics * Science *
John Taylor “Ike” Williams is a literary agent with Kneerim & Williams Literary. Ike, a founder of Kneerim & Williams, specializes in biography, history, politics, natural science, and anthropology. He represents Howard Gardner, Joseph J. Ellis, E.O. Wilson, Tim Berners-Lee, Charles Ogletree, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, James MacGregor Burns, Lawrence Tribe, Frances Fitzgerald, Richard Wilbur, Michael Porter, Drew Gilpin Faust, and Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, among others. He was a member of the NEA Literary Panel, chair of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, co-chair of the Fine Arts Work Center, on the Advisory Board of The Biography Conference, and is a director of the Boston Book Festival. He also places dramatic rights, for such feature films as The Ice Bucket Challenge (Netflix) starring Casey Afflack, based on the life of Pete and Julie Frates, True American by Anand Giridharadas (Katherine Bigelow), Captain Phillips based on the book A Captain’s Duty by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephen Talty, Public Enemies, from Vendetta by Alston Purvis, and television series such as the History Channel series based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, and Death and the Civil War (American Experience) based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering, and a three part series based on E.O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth and a recent American Experience on the West Virginia mine wars based on the book by James Green, The Devil is Here in These Here Hills.
As a lawyer, Ike specializes in intellectual property and First Amendment litigation, particularly in publishing, film, television, and new media, and is co-author of the widely used Perle, Williams & Fischer on Publishing Law. His legal clients include Muhammad Yunnus, Jeff Kinney, and the Estates of John Hersey, Howard Zinn, and Norman Mailer. Ike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in every edition since 1991); the Top 100 Massachusetts Super lawyers from 2004 – 2018 for entertainment, First Amendment, and media law; Fortune Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (2010-2018); and was selected as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law” by American Lawyer Media in The Best Lawyers in America and the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for entertainment, First Amendment, and media law. He is the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s 2005 Judge Learned Hand Award and Middlesex School’s 2011 Henry Cabot Lodge Award for public service.
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