Henry Dunow, Jennifer Carlson, and Betsy Lerner formed Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency in 2005. The agency represents literary and commercial fiction, a wide range of nonfiction, and children's literature for all ages. The agency works with established networks of co-agents to represent translation rights in all foreign territories in addition to film, television, and audio rights.
Henry Dunow began his career as a literary agent in the early 1980s, with stints at Curtis Brown Ltd. and Harold Ober Associates before founding his own agency in 1997, which has since evolved into Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. He works primarily with quality fiction – literary, historical, strongly written commercial – and with voice-driven nonfiction across a range of areas – narrative history, biography, memoir, current affairs, cultural trends and criticism, science, sports, etc. Over the years he’s discovered and introduced a number of new, younger writers who’ve gone on to become established literary voices – and is particularly proud of that. He is the author of The Way Home, a memoir about fatherhood.
Jennifer Carlson has been agenting since 1997. Previously, she worked at Henry Dunow Literary Agency and Harold Ober Associates. She works with narrative nonfiction writers and journalists covering current events and ideas and cultural history, as well as literary and upmarket commercial novelists. On the children’s side, her clients are primarily young adult and middle grade fiction writers. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis. *She is no longer accepting picture book queries.
Betsy Lerner worked as an editor for 16 years before becoming an agent. She mostly works with non-fiction writers in the areas of science, psychology, history, cultural studies, biography, current events, and memoir. Lerner was the recipient of the Tony Godwin Publishing Prize. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and is the author of Food & Loathing, The Bridge Ladies, and The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers. Her blog on publishing and writing can be found on www.betsylerner.com.
Arielle Datz started as an intern at Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner in 2011. She then worked in the foreign rights department at WME, followed by 2 years at the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. She returned to DCLA full-time in 2015. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction (mostly adult, some YA), featuring unusual stories and voices. In nonfiction, she is looking for essays, unconventional memoir, pop culture, and sociology, with a focus on underrepresented voices.
Stacia Decker has been agenting since 2009. Previously, she worked at the Donald Maass Literary Agency and, as an editor, at Harcourt. She began her career as an intern and then editorial assistant at Farrar, Straus & Giroux after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and an AB in Government and English from Georgetown University. She represents high-concept suspense, literary, and speculative fiction. She is partial to strong voices, fast-paced plotting, and near-future or cross-genre elements.
Erin Hosier has been agenting since 2001, formerly at The Gernert Company before moving to DCL in 2007. She primarily works with nonfiction authors and has a special interest in popular culture, music biography, humor,women's issues and memoir. In general, novels with happy endings put her in a bad mood. She grew up in rural Ohio, and lives in Brooklyn.
Amy Hughes began a career in publishing in 1998; previously an agent with McCormick & Williams, she started her career as a publicist at Simon & Schuster, and as an editor at Penguin. She specializes in non-fiction in the areas of history, cultural studies, memoir, current events, wellness, health, food, pop-culture and biography as well as literary fiction. She grew up in Tennessee and is a graduate of Sewanee, The University of the South.
Eleanor Jackson has been agenting since 2002. Previously, she was an agent at Markson Thoma and at InkWell Management. She is a graduate of Colby College and the Columbia Publishing course. Her list includes
authors of fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of categories, including literary, commercial, memoir, art, food, science and history. She looks for books with deeply imagined worlds, and for writers who take risks with their work. She lives in Brooklyn NY.
Julia Kenny began her career in publishing as an intern at the Wendy Weil Agency, while studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. For nearly 10 years, she worked as the director of foreign rights and as an agent at Markson Thoma. She primarily works on fiction and is especially interested in dark, literary thrillers and suspense. She is on the lookout for writing that immediately draws her in, and stories that stick with her long after she's finished reading. She was born and raised on Nantucket Island and lives in Brooklyn.
Edward Necarsulmer IV began his career in book publishing as an intern at Random House Books for Young Readers. He went on to assist Marilyn E. Marlow at Curtis Brown Ltd. and then joined McIntosh & Otis, Inc. in 2004 to oversee their children's literature business. He is known for cultivating strong new voices in teen & middle grade as well as picture books. He represents New York Times Bestselling, Newbery, and Caldecott winning authors, illustrators, and estates. He is keen to continue to team up with authors and artists who wish to look beyond the obvious and strive for the exceptional.
Chris Rogers began his publishing life as a college sales rep in 1978 with Random House after completing his doctorate in English Literature. His editorial career started in 1984 as the college history editor at Alfred A. Knopf/Random House where he was fortunate enough to work as a rookie with history greats John Hope Franklin, R.R. Palmer, Frank Freidel, Aland Brinkley, James McPherson, James West Davidson, and many other talents. In 2016, Chris retired, after a forty year career in the editorial vineyards, from Yale University Press where he was the Editorial Director and Executive History Editor. As an agent, he is seeking exclusively nonfiction, including promising, eloquent, scholarly authors with general readership cross-over potential in all fields of history: American, European, Indigenous, Asian, African, etc. as well as psychology, the environment, and biography.
Yishai Seidman joined Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner in 2009 after stints at Artists & Artisans and Writers House. He grew up in Philadelphia and has since moved to New York City, where he earned his degree from Yeshiva University. His list focuses on distinctive fiction where literary and genre often intersect, and creative nonfiction on history, sports, music, humor, and pop culture. He is a sucker for unconventional narratives that aim to do something unique and inventive.
Rachel Vogel began her career in publishing in 2004, with stints as a production editor at Henry Holt and as a book scout at Maria B. Campbell Associates. She went on to agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin, Mary Evans, Inc. (where she was also the director of foreign rights), and Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. She represents nonfiction of all kinds, including photography, humor, pop culture, history, memoir, investigative journalism/current events, science, and more. On the fiction side, she seeks out novels that pay equal attention to voice and plot. A graduate of UMass Amherst's Commonwealth College, she lives in Brooklyn.
Susan Scarf Merrell
William Lee Miller Estate
Joseph Mitchell Estate
David W. Brown
Deborah Joy Corey
Alice Elliott Dark
Jan Jarboe Russell
Donald J. Sobol Estate
Sarah St. Vincent
Mark Van de Walle
Jan Merete Weiss
Frank Wheeler, Jr.
UK: David Higham Associates or Abner Stein
Europe, South America, Russia, Eastern Europe: Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Greece: JLM Literary Agency
Korea: Eric Yang Agency
Israel: The Deborah Harris Agency
Turkey: Akcali Copyright Agency
China & Taiwan: Grayhawk Agency
Query letters preferred via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Below your query letter, please paste the first ten pages of your manuscript. Please do not send attachments. Due to the volume of inquiries the agency receives, we are unable to respond to all emailed queries. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience .
Query letters are also welcome by mail to the address below. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Should you like your materials returned, please include adequate postage.
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
27 W. 20th St., Suite 1107
New York, NY 10011