Todd Shuster is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Following college at Yale (where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and law school at Northeastern University (where he subsequently taught on the adjunct faculty), Shuster practiced publishing and entertainment law at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Ropes & Gray.
As a literary agent, Shuster represents both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list includes current affairs, biography, true-crime, popular science, adventure, politics and civil rights, history, memoir, business, health, parenting, and psychology. His fiction list is comprised primarily of literary and “crossover” commercial novels, including mysteries and thrillers. In addition to representing books to publishers, Shuster places film and television rights on behalf of agency clients, dealing directly with producers, studios, and networks in New York and Los Angeles. He has sold projects set up at Paramount, Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, Participant, CBS, Showtime, Discovery Health, VH-1 and HBO.
Works that Shuster has recently sold to publishers include best-selling author and Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy's The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love, and Family (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster), esteemed cardiologist and New York Times contributor Sandeep Jauhar's second memoir Doctored: A Doctor's Initiation (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), legal correspondent and best-selling novelist Lis Wiehl's East Salem mystery series (Thomas Nelson), veteran TIME magazine religion reporter David van Biema's Speaking to God: The Triumphant Journey of the Psalms Across Faith and Time (Simon & Schuster), Douglas Brunt's first novel, a psychological thriller entitled Ghosts of Manhattan (Touchstone), Atlantic contributor and co-chair of Boston University's Program for Science and Medical Journalism Ellen Ruppel Shell's Love Made Visible: Reclaiming Work in Middle Class America (Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman's The Real Romney (HarperCollins).
Other authors he is particularly proud of representing include Benoit Denizet-Lewis, New York Times Magazine contributor and author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life (Simon & Schuster), James Hirsch, who wrote the New York Times best-selling Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter about the life of middle weight champion Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and penned the authorized biography of baseball icon Willie Mays (from Scribner's, and also a New York Times bestseller); New York Times columnist Dan Barry who wrote the widely-acclaimed narrative Bottom of the 33rd: Hope Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game, and Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, author of A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life (Crown) and the forthcoming Faith in the Dream (Hyperion).
In addition to working with authors to sell their own manuscripts, Shuster represents numerous collaborative editors and ghost writers. These clients have helped scores of major celebrities and national figures complete their books, including Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Ginger Rogers, Maureen Stapleton, former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, supermodel Petra Nemcova, and many others.