Jane von Mehren
Jane von Mehren joined ZSH after more than 25 years as an editor and publishing executive at Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, and Random House, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Publisher at the Random House Publishing Group. She brings to her work as an agent a deep understanding of the entire publishing process as well as decades of hands-on editorial work on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction.
Among the writers whose careers she launched are Jamie Ford, bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and John Phillip Santos, a National Book Award finalist for his memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation. She has edited such award-winning authors as Douglas Brinkley, Jessica Hagedorn, Dava Sobel, and Susan Vreeland. In addition, she helped build the careers of numerous franchise authors including chef Rocco DiSpirito, personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, parenting expert Sal Severe, and Doug Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen of the Harvard Negotiation Project.
She is particularly interested in representing nonfiction in the areas of business, cooking, health, memoir, parenting, psychology, and science as well as fiction including YA and Middle Grade literature, thrillers, and women's fiction.
Jane von Mehren holds a B.A. with honors in English from Vassar College. She has received numerous honors over the course of her career including a Tony Godwin Fellowship, Jerusalem Editorial Fellowship, and Frankfurt Fellowship. She has taught at New York University's publishing program as well as at writers' workshops throughout the country.