THE AGENTS

esmond harmsworth

Esmond Harmsworth is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Born in London, he was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.

As a literary agent, Harmsworth represents fiction and nonfiction. He is one of the leading U.S. agents for business books, and regularly places major titles on management, leadership, finance, innovation, marketing and entrepreneurship with the most prominent publishers. His bestselling titles include the #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller and New York Times bestseller Breakthrough: Secrets of America's Fastest Growing Companies by Keith McFarland; the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System To Drive Breakthrough Creativity by Josh Linkner; and the New York Times and national bestseller Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky. Other business titles include Erin Arvedlund's Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff, Niraj Dawar's Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers and Ron Adner's The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation.

Harmsworth's nonfiction list includes serious nonfiction books on topics such as politics, psychology, culture and society. His science and psychology list includes authors such as Robert Emmons, author of Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier; R. Keith Sawyer, author of Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration; Dario Maestripieri, author of Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships; and Dr. Robert Martin, author of How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction. He also represents Amanda Ripley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Smartest Kids in the World—And How They Got That Way; David Rothkopf, author of Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead; and Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Harmsworth represents many leading authors and experts in education as well as books on popular culture, health, food, religion, spirituality, parenting, fitness and media.

For fiction, Harmsworth represents literary fiction, mystery and crime, popular (mainstream) fiction and young adult and middle grade fiction. Many of his clients write literary fiction, such as PEN/Faulkner winner Sabina Murray, author of The Caprices, A Carnivore's Inquiry and Tales of the New World; Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening; Dan S. Pope, author of Housebreaking; and Lisa Borders, author of The Fifty-First State. He also represents (and likes) "crossover" literary suspense and novels that inform genre with a serious, literary sensibility: examples include the work of Elisabeth Elo, author of North of Boston; George Harrar, author of The Spinning Man; and Jedediah Berry, winner of the Crawford Award for The Manual of Detection. Children's authors he represents include Alisa Libby, Pratima Cranse and S. S. Taylor (who writes excellent mysteries as well for adults).

A frequent speaker, Harmsworth has been a featured panelist or speaker at, among others, the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, the national conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Breadloaf Writer's Conference, the Wesleyan Writer's Conference, Bouchercon, the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is an advisor to organizations including Grub Street, the Boston Book Festival, the literary magazine The Common and the Southern New Hampshire MFA Program, as well as a former lecturer at the Boston University Publishing Program (now closed), and the former Treasurer of PEN/New England. Harmsworth is always interested in nonfiction books filled with rich ideas or based on strong narrative stories or provocative arguments. He is looking hard for literary food writing, for interesting science writing, for serious new writing on religion and spirituality, and for quirky narrative stories and biographies. As far as fiction goes, he is first and foremost searching for beautifully written prose, rich, descriptive writing and good characters. He does not represent any poetry.