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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.

Richard Miller
age of magical overthinking
good company
book of days
starry messenger
our fragile moment
white wall
CATCH cover
visual thinking
good bad boy
it will onl hurt for a moment
good bright wolf
DIVINES - cover
The light inside
anarchist cover
time's mouth
the parliament
watch us shine
what she missed cover
I hate reading
Saint X
boney hand
Saturnalia cover
fort on the moon
David Joy cover art
milchman MOTHER
Hampton cover
Good Man
Teen Killers Club cover
wanting life
Oksana Behave
Renegade Women
eyes on the sky
Ways to Hide
walter the fartng dog
Best Bad Things
feels like home
Cloud in the Shape
LushAndSeethingHell cover
Lovely Bones
Wrong Heaven
Line that held us
Calling All Minds
Bang Bang cover
Pie for Chuck
Damnation Island
Monster Hands
Paul and Artie
Hit So Hard
Missing Presumed
Game Changers
The Nest
Lady Killers_PB cover
Little Nothing
Ada Twist
Autistic Brain
Extra Life
Replacement Life
Rebel Yell
Pants for Chuck
Book of Polly
Tru and Nelle
Half Wild
Best Boy
M Train
True Crime Addict
Edgar Sawtelle
Just Kids


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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 not currently looking for new picture books or YA fantasy.

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

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. *Closed to queries.

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. 

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 the Markson Thomas Literary Agency. She primarily works on fiction and has a soft spot for dark, literary suspense. She is on the lookout for writing that immediately draws her in, bold voices, "unlikeable" narrators, and stories that linger. (Please note, she very rarely takes on YA or MG.) She grew up on an island and lives with her family 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.

Nicki Richesin began her agenting career at Wendy Sherman Associates in 2017, after editing nonfiction for fifteen years. She is the editor of four anthologies (The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush) featuring personal essays by many acclaimed authors. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, and contemporary Young Adult fiction. She also focuses on nonfiction including investigative journalism, pop culture, biography, cooking/food writing, and memoir that makes an impact and becomes part of the larger cultural conversation. She is invested in discovering underrepresented voices. She lives in the San Francisco bay area.


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. 

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.





UK: David Higham Associates or Abner Stein

Europe, South America, Russia, Eastern Europe: Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Greece: JLM Literary Agency

Japan: Tuttle-Mori

Korea: Eric Yang Agency

Israel: The Deborah Harris Agency

Turkey: Akcali Copyright Agency 

China & Taiwan: Grayhawk Agency

Foreign Rights


Please email query letters to, and paste the first ten pages of your manuscript below your letter. We encourage you to address your email to a specific agent who you think might be the right fit. Submitting to more than one agent at a time is permitted, but please indicate in your letter which agents you are querying.


Emails with attachments will not be opened. Due to the high volume of submissions the agency receives, we are unable to respond to all queries. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience .

Although we prefer email, query letters can be sent by mail to the address below. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with adequate postage, should you like your materials returned.


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Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
27 W. 20th St., Suite 1103
New York, NY 10011

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