Rick Richter brings a diverse range of publishing experience to Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. He served for over a decade on the Executive Committee of Simon & Schuster in the roles of President, Children’s Publishing, President, Sales and Distribution and he was one of the founding employees of the children’s publisher Candlewick Press. Most recently, Richter co-founded the digital media startup, Ruckus Media.
Richter has overseen and participated in the editorial, marketing, sales and publicity efforts supporting some 6,000 books over the course his career. As a literary and entertainment agent, Mr. Richter has a keen interest in Adult Non-Fiction in the areas of History, Military History, Memoir, Business and Self- Help as well as Men's Fiction and Comedy. Richter is also interested in (and has deep familiarity with) Picture Books with strong central characters capable of being sustained over several books, Middle Grade titles humorous or literary in nature, Young Adult in all forms, and New Adult topical fiction and non-fiction.
Rick Richter holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore and serves as a Board Trustee of Connecticut Public Broadcasting and The Letterform Archive. He has served as an advisor to Inscribe Digital and the literacy initiative First Book.