Jennifer Gates is a partner with The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked previously as an editor at a division of HarperCollins.
As an agent, Gates represents a range of nonfiction, as well as literary and commercial fiction and children's. Her nonfiction list includes literary and inspirational memoir, narrative nonfiction, current affairs, history, pop culture, business, science, and psychology.
Recent New York Times bestsellers Gates has represented include The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography (Free Press/Simon & Schuster); Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng, PhD (Candlewick Press), a picture book inspired by her mother Ann Dunham's life of service; actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria's acclaimed cookbook, Eva's Kitchen (Clarkson Potter/Random House); Dr. Dale Archer's You Are Who You Are: Eight Key Traits of Human Behavior (Crown); SQuire Rushnell's Divine Alignment (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster); The Pentagon's New Map by military strategist and Esquire contributor Thomas P. M. Barnett #1 New York Times bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness, a memoir by Chris Gardner with award-winning writer Quincy Troupe (Amistad/HarperCollins) whose life story was also the basis of an Academy Award nominated motion picture of the same name starring Will Smith.
Among the nonfiction titles Gates has represented are former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete's Not My Boy, a memoir about raising an autistic son (Hyperion); Our Mother's War: American Women at Home and at the Front During WWII, by award-winning journalist Emily Yellin (The Free Press); The Foreigner's Gift (The Free Press), by noted Middle Eastern scholar, CBS consultant and recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, Fouad Ajami, as well as Public Radio's Marketplace Tech Report and Wits host, John Moe's Conservatize Me (William Morrow).
Her list also includes a range of fiction such as the critically acclaimed I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff (5 Spot/Grand Central); debut novel Silver: My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder, by Edward Chupack (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press) and Donna VanLiere's New York Times bestselling Christmas Hope series (St. Martin's Press) with over 2 million copies in print. The first two books in this series became highly-rated CBS television movies and the author's most recent title, The Christmas Note, is a New York Times bestseller.
Gates is most interested in strong, distinctive voices and narratives, and projects that either look at the world in a new way or shed new light on familiar topics.