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ZSH Literary

Inside ZSH

A full-service literary and entertainment agency

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is a full-service literary agency with a reputation for working with high quality authors who create deeply intelligent, beautifully crafted works intended for a wide audience. We represent literary, commercial and inspirational fiction, memoirs, biography, history, science, narrative non-fiction and prescriptive books in the areas of business, health, relationships, religion/spirituality, food and wine, fitness, parenting and general psychology.

World-class agents

ZSH agents bring years of global professional experience to all their relationships.

An eye for talent

We have a proven track record of finding and cultivating talented, visionary creatives.

Strong editorial

We place strong emphasis on quality in writing and expressing compelling ideas.

Skilled negotiators

We place projects with major publishers in the US and throughout the world.

Our work

The agents at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth are respected across the industry for our eye for talent, our strong editorial skills, our negotiating ability, the success of our books and our strong relationships with clients, publishers, film and television producers and other media firms.

In addition to placing projects with all the major publishers in the United States—Random House, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Hachette, Macmillan—we sell our authors' works directly in the United Kingdom and, through a network of first-rate sub-agents, in territories throughout the World.

A full-service entertainment agency, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, has built a sterling reputation in the film and television industries. Each year, we place projects with large film studios such as Warner Bros., Universal, and Fox, major television networks such as CBS, ABC, and NBC and cable networks such as FX, Lifetime, and HBO.

We are also skilled at placing our clients' work in magazines and selling audio and internet rights to books.

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Our clients

We are known throughout the industry for our dedication to our clients, offering them close and meaningful editorial guidance and serving as their advocate throughout the publishing process, ensuring that they receive the best possible compensation for their work. We are highly selective in deciding which projects to take on which allows us to serve clients thoughtfully and consistently.

We represent first-time novelists as well as established writers of fiction such as Ha Jin, author of Waiting, the New York Times bestselling novel and winner of the 2000 National Book Award, and Donna VanLiere, multiple-bestselling author of The Christmas Shoes and other novels in the Christmas Hope series. We represent many noted writers of memoir, including Cheryl Strayed, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Mira Bartok, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography for The Memory Palace.

In the area of narrative and investigative non-fiction, we represent journalists writing for a broad range of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, Talk, TIME, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the LA Times, and many others. We have many clients in the academy, including professors at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Michigan, Boston University, Stanford, the University of Chicago, UCLA, and at other colleges and universities across the country. We also represent authors who are well-known personalities in the music, entertainment and broadcasting fields.

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