About The Agency
LIPPINCOTT MASSIE McQUILKIN is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and non-fiction of quality to the largest possible audience. We work closely with our clients at every stage of a project’s development, submission, and placement—staying involved in all issues of design, publicity and sales, long after the ink has dried on a contract, to ensure that the author’s needs are being met by his or her publisher.
In 2012, LMQ acquired the venerable literary agency Russell & Volkening,
Inc. Founded in 1940 by publishing legends Diarmuid Russell and Henry
Volkening, and later acquired by Timothy Seldes before its acquisition by
LMQ, Russell & Volkening joins LMQ intact as a corporate entity. With its
list have come the works of some of the most noted writers in the history of
American publishing, including Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, Anne Tyler,
George Plimpton, Barbara Tuchman, and South African Nobel Prize winner
Nadine Gordimer. These writers and others join LMQ's own growing list of acclaimed
fiction and nonfiction writers.
Since 2009, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin has been selling foreign rights on behalf of The Irene Skolnick Literary Agency. In 2014, the agencies entered a more formal affiliation in which LMQ handles all of The Irene Skonick Agency's back-office operations. The Irene Skolnick Agency, which was founded by Ms. Skolnick in 1994, represents award-winning and bestselling writers including: National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Joyce Johnson; frequent New Yorker contributor and recipient of a special citation by the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Peter Cameron; New York Times bestselling memoirist Susan Jane Gilman; winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award James Lasdun; and winner of the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Vikram Seth; as well as the estate of the late New York Times bestselling writer David Rakoff, a two-time winner of the LAMDA Literary Award. More information about Irene Skolnick and her list can be found on her website at www.skolnickagency.com.
After attending Duke University, MARIA MASSIE (agent) joined Kim Witherspoon in creating Witherspoon Associates, which grew rapidly during the 1990’s, representing many prize-winning and bestselling writers. Overseeing all foreign rights for the agency and managing its business affairs, Maria soon began to build her own client list as well. She now brings to LMQ nearly
a decade-and-a-half’s worth of experience in representing authors and helping to make sure that they can be read around the world. She specializes in literary fiction, memoir, and cultural history.
A graduate of Phillips Academy and Columbia University, ROB McQUILKIN (agent) started out in publishing at Warner Books, where he acquired the paperback rights to books including Primary Colors, by Anonymous (Joe Klein). He left Warner Books for Anchor Books/Doubleday, where, as Editor, he acquired books by and/or worked closely with writers including Anita Hill (Speaking Truth to Power), Phillip Lopate (Totally, Tenderly, Tragically), and Lois Gould (Mommy Dressing), also acquiring the paperback rights to bestsellers such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Rob cut his teeth as an agent while working with Ike Williams and Jill Kneerim at The Palmer & Dodge Agency (later known as The Hill & Barlow Agency and then Kneerim & Williams at Fish & Richardson), before leaving to start his own agency. He specializes in fiction, memoir, history, sociology, psychology, and graphic works.
JASON ANTHONY (agent) is a former film executive who joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin after a three-year affiliation with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. As a film executive, Anthony worked for the Disney, MGM and Sony Pictures studios and ran the New York offices of Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin and Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. In his ten-year career in film, Anthony specialized in developing film and TV properties from books. Before becoming a literary agent in 2004, he worked in London as a film consultant for the TBWA/Chiat-Day advertising agency and originated the popular "Hollywood Reader" column for Publishers Weekly, the industry's most influential trade magazine. Anthony graduated from Columbia University in 1993 with a B.A. in film and is the co-author of five published books. He specializes in young adult and commercial fiction and most areas of non-fiction, including pop culture, memoir, true crime, and general psychology.
ETHAN BASSOFF (agent) attended Emerson College and managed Brookline Booksmith, a prominent Boston bookstore where he also hosted reading events. He then joined InkWell Management, where for six years he worked with award-winning authors including recipients of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Man Booker Prize, and finalists for the Story Prize. At LMQ he continues to represent both emerging and established writers of literary and crime fiction and narrative nonfiction including history, science, humor, and sports writing. His clients include winners of the Whiting Award and PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction as well as many other honors. He keeps store browsers in mind when signing new authors and brings a strong editorial approach to all proposals and manuscripts, understanding that great ideas must also tell compelling stories.
LANEY KATZ BECKER (agent) was an agent at Markson Thoma Literary Agency and Folio before joining LMQ. Prior to becoming an agent, Laney was an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, as well as an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. Laney's debut authors have made the New York Times, national and International bestsellers' lists. They have also been selected by the B & N Discover Great New Writers program and Target Book Club. A graduate of Northwestern University, and a native Ohioan, Laney is married and the mother of two grown children. She enjoys reading, writing, playing tennis, (watching) baseball, sewing and snuggling with her pooch. Laney gravitates toward "book club fiction," (i.e. novels with substance that you're eager to talk about); novels with a great voice; character-driven stories; and smart, psychological thrillers and novels of suspense. She is open to practical nonfiction and memoir, but only if the author has a strong platform. She's always on the prowl for narrative nonfiction (especially from journalists or experts). She does NOT represent romance, cozy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or dystopian fiction, nor does she handle young adult, children's, middle grade or poetry.
Rayhané Sanders (agent) attended NYU and began her publishing career at Newsweek Magazine. She then moved to book publishing, working first for Penguin's Dutton and Gotham Books and then for William Morris Endeavor, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and recipients of such honors as the PEN/Hemingway Award, PEN/New England Award, Guggenheim and Wallace Stegner Fellowships, and National Endowment for the Arts grants, among others. Rayhané began to represent authors at WSK Management, where she worked with a slew of bestselling authors and added a New York Times bestseller and winners of, among others, the Hopwood Award, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, Oregon Book Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and Foreword IndieFab Award to her client list. She represents and is on the lookout for literary and historical fiction, upmarket women's fiction, narrative nonfiction, and select memoir. She likes projects that are voice-centered, include specific cultural settings or cross-cultural themes, and illuminate a corner of our world or society too often neglected. She also loves lyrical writing and has a soft spot for literary fabulist fiction.
STÉPHANIE ABOU (agent) hails from France, where she worked for fashion magazines while finishing her degree in comparative literature from the Sorbonne, thinking she would pursue a career in journalism. Upon arriving in NYC in the late 1990's she landed an internship at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which convinced her to make a career out of her passion for literature. Starting at The Joy Harris Literary Agency, and most recently at Foundry Literary + Media, she has developed a dual career as a foreign rights director and a domestic agent. Multi-lingual and multi-cultured, she particularly enjoys works that celebrate the resilience of the human spirit while also depicting the experience of "the other." She specializes in character-driven fiction, memoirs, crime fiction, and narrative nonfiction. She enjoys a close editorial rapport with her authors, and believes that strong writing must be put in the service of great storytelling to birth a successful book.
Renée Zuckerbrot (agent) became an agent after working as an editor at Doubleday. She is a member of the AAR and Authors Guild. She serves on PEN's Membership Committee, and is a Board member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Slice Magazine. You can read an interview with Renée and her colleagues at Poets & Writers and see her top ten list of short stories at Storyville. Authors represented by Renée have won or been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the PEN Jacqueline Bograd Weld Prize for Biography, the National Magazine Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, B&N's Discover Great New Writers Award, the Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Locus, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Pushcart, and others.
Julie Stevenson (agent) was an agent at Sobel Weber Associates and Waxman Leavell Literary before joining Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. She received her bachelor's degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She also worked in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly. She is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She loves outsiders, weirdos, and innovators. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. Julie loves editing and contemplating craft and storytelling with clients. She takes pride in connecting writers with editors and ultimately with readers. She's agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, YA and children's books.
LEXI WANGLER (agency assistant) will receive her dual MFA in Fiction and Writing for Children from The New School in May 2017. Coming to LMQ from PEN American Center and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, she graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2013.
CLARE MAO (agency assistant) graduated from Grinnell College in 2014 and has interned at Sterling Lord Literistic, W.W. Norton, and the Ayesha Pande Literary Agency.