The Directory of Literary Agents
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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.
Wendy Strothman The Strothman Agency AAR/AALA MemberQuery method(s): Online Form *Work P.O. Box 255 Newcastle ME 04553 USAwork
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This literary agent represents:
NONFICTION: Biography * Environment * History * Narrative * Nature *
Wendy Strothman is a literary agent with the Strothman Agency, where she has long been an advocate for authors and freedom of expression. Before starting the Strothman Agency, Wendy was the Publisher of Trade & Reference books at Houghton Mifflin (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the Publisher at Beacon Press.
At Houghton Mifflin, Wendy acquired and edited books by key authors, including Philip Roth, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Paul Theroux, and James Carroll. She also vigorously pursued the defense in the lawsuit brought by the Margaret Mitchell estate to block publication of Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone, a parody of Gone with the Wind.
Wendy’s efforts to publish books at the highest standards led the company to receive more literary awards than at any time in its history—two Pulitzer Prizes, one National Book Award, three Caldecott Medals, and two Newbery Medals, among many other honors—and led to the company’s greatest period of growth and recognition. From 1983 to 1995, Wendy headed Beacon Press, a Boston publisher founded in 1854. She published two New York Times bestsellers (Cornel West’s Race Matters and Marian Wright Edelman’s The Measure of Our Success) and one National Book Award winner. Wendy began her career in 1972 at the University of Chicago Press where she launched the Critical Edition of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi.
Awards and Recognition: Publisher of the Year Award (New England Booksellers Association); Person of the Year Award for “permanent and significant contributions to the book industry” (Literary Market Place); “Friend to Writers” Award (PEN New England-never before given to a publisher); and two Doctor of Humane Letters (one from Brown University, and one from Meadville Lombard Theological School, affiliated with the University of Chicago).
Boards: Wendy currently serves on the board of 826 Boston, a branch of 826 Valencia, the nonprofit organization founded by Dave Eggers and dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, on the board of the Copyright Clearance Center, and is a trustee at Deerfield Academy. Wendy has also served on the Board of Governors of Yale University Press and as a Trustee and Fellow of the Brown University Corporation where she was Secretary of the Corporation for ten years.
Looking for: Books that matter, books that change the way we think about things we take for granted, that tell stories that readers can’t forget, and advance scholarship and knowledge. High quality fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, particularly history, science and nature, and current affairs.
P.O. Box 255 Newcastle ME 04553 USA
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