Lane Zachary, a founding partner of The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency, received her B.A. magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in English Literature from Boston University. One of the top agents in the country for the representation of writers of serious literary fiction and nonfiction, Zachary is known for her devotion to her authors, providing them with extensive editorial guidance, and helping them to create a body of work that spans a long and successful writing career.
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.
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.
Jennifer Gates is a partner with The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked previously as an editor at a division of HarperCollins.
Janet Silver, the Literary Director of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, brings more than thirty years of experience as an editor and publishing executive to her work as an agent. She joined ZSH after 25 years at the former Houghton Mifflin Company, where she was Vice President and Publisher.
bridget wagner matzie
Bridget Wagner Matzie represents non-fiction and commercial fiction as a ZSH agent based in Washington, DC. Books she has represented include: Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters by James Zogby of Zogby Polling (Palgrave, 2010); the New York Times bestseller Daemon by Daniel Suarez (Dutton, 2009); the LA Times bestseller Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Wake Forest English professor Eric Wilson (FSG, 2009); and the New York Times bestseller The Party Is Over by Mike Lofgren (Viking, 2012).
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.
Rick Richter brings 30 years of diverse publishing experience to ZSH. He served for over a decade on the Executive Committee of Simon & Schuster in the roles of President, Children's Publishing, and President, Sales and Distribution and he co-founded the prestigious children's publisher Candlewick Press. Most recently, Richter co-founded the digital media startup, Ruckus Media.
Nan Thornton brings more than a dozen years' experience to Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. A former subsidiary rights assistant at Knopf, Nan has practiced copyright law for the last 12 years, representing authors and their estates as well as Pearson Education, where she was in house counsel for the most recent eight years.
other team members
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Mary Beth Chappell received a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from Emory School of Law. Chappell attended New York University's Summer Publishing Institute and then joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2004.
Recently named one of Boston's 50 most powerful women by Boston Magazine, Eve Bridburg is an at-large agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and the founder and Executive Director of Grub Street, Inc., Boston's premier literary arts center.
A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Jacob Moore was the recipient of the 2008 Aiken Taylor Internship with the Sewanee Review, America's oldest continuously published literary quarterly. He joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2012 as an agent in the New York office, where he brings his previous experience as a freelance journalist, editorial director for a PR firm, and in-house editor at ZSH to serve a broad range of projects for a variety of clients.