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.
WILL LIPPINCOTT (agent) started out at the Johns Hopkins University Press, later moving to the Village Voice Literary Supplement and then The New Yorker, where he was head of book publishing, overseeing all publishing ad-sales and organizing publishing-related events. He was subsequently named publisher of The New Republic, where he spent three years before moving to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as publisher of the magazine strategy+business. Will returned to the book side of publishing in 2003 as a literary agent. Still immersed in the culture of Washington D.C. since his days at The New Republic, he focuses on politics, current events, narrative non-fiction and history. He sits on the boards of Media Matters for America, Words Without Borders, and BOMB Magazine, among other organizations.
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.
KENT WOLF (agent) began his publishing career in 1997 at Dalkey Archive Press. He then moved to Harcourt Trade Publishers where he headed the Subsidiary Rights Department, handling rights sales for many acclaimed authors, including Nobel Prize winners Octavio Paz, Günter Grass, and Jose Saramago and novelists Umberto Eco, Yann Martel, and Michel Faber. Kent represents a number of New York Times bestselling authors and is on the lookout for literary fiction, upmarket women's fiction, memoir, pop culture, all types of narrative nonfiction, and select YA. He is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and PEN.
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.
PATRICIA BURKE (Director of Dramatic Rights) began her long career at the intersection between the Hollywood film industry and the New York publishing world at Columbia Pictures, where she was Staff Story Analyst. Two years later she moved on to Twentieth Century Fox, where she was Executive Story Editor and Director of Literary Affairs. Later she joined Jaffe/Lansing Productions, where she was involved in bringing to the screen the blockbuster hit Fatal Attraction. From 1991 to 2008, she was Vice President, Creative Executive and Head of New York Literary, where she played a role in book-to-film adaptations including Forrest Gump, Nobody's Fool, No Country For Old Men, Hugo, Into the Wild, Mystic River, Kiss the Girls, and the Twilight series. Most recently she was Director of Dramatic Rights at Inkwell Management, where she helped to place the option for The Night Circus. At LMQ she is responsible for scouring both the frontlist and the backlist for properties whose film potential warrants adaptation, and then finding the right film industry partners to help realize that potential.
AMANDA PANITCH (associate agent) interned at Writers House and attended The George Washington University and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute before joining LMQ as an assistant in 2012. A writer herself, her first novel, Damage Done, will be released in July from Random House Books for Young Readers. Amanda is seeking young adult and middle grade fiction only at this time. Follow her on Twitter: @AmandaPanitch
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.