Gail Hochman developed her career by representing what she loves most to read: works of literary fiction, idea-driven non-fiction, literary memoir and children’s books. Her authors’ works have become bestselling novels, successful films and television series, and international publishing phenomena, and have earned their authors prizes ranging from the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and PEN/Faulkner Award to the Guggenheim Fellowship, Lambda Literary Award, and the Caldecott and Newbery Medals. Gail has taught a class in the role of the literary agent at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and she is active in numerous charities and foundations which support the needs of women and children in New York City and the writing community. Throughout her tenure as President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, she has helped the organization to develop more effective educational programs for its member agents and to serve as an advocate for authors’ rights. Query by regular mail preferred.


Marianne Merola co-ordinates a global network of foreign co-agents charged with licensing the work of the agency’s authors to a worldwide audience. She values strong and unique narrative voices and domestically represents bestselling and award-winning writers of compelling fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Query by email preferred.


Bill Contardi has expanded upon a long career as an editor and dramatic rights agent to include literary representation. His areas of interest are voice-driven young adult and middle grade fiction, commercial thrillers and general fiction, psychological suspense, spirituality and memoir. Query by email only.


Emily Forland represents voice-driven literary fiction and non-fiction, among them bestsellers and prize winners, and has a special place in her heart for original writing that jumps off the page. Equally drawn to a traditional domestic novel as she is to more idiosyncratic work, she seeks out beautifully crafted writing, characters that come fully alive on the page, and stories rooted strongly in their setting. Humor is always welcome. In addition to literary fiction, she represents memoir, narrative nonfiction, history, biography, food writing, cultural criticism, graphic novels, and young adult fiction. Query by email only.


Emma Patterson represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels to historical and upmarket fiction; narrative non-fiction that includes memoir, investigative journalism, and popular history; and young adult fiction along similar lines.  She is drawn to both domestic and far-flung settings (while remaining on Earth) that are original and transporting.  She is looking for fresh, lyrical, and voice-driven writing, suspenseful plots, emotional narratives, and unforgettable characters. Query by email only.


Jody represents both literary and upmarket fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction; across all categories she enjoys books that are beautifully written while also containing a rich storyline, and she’s especially looking for deeply drawn characters and voice-driven narratives. Dark and edgy is always a plus, as is humor. She’s also interested in untold stories and misunderstood populations. In nonfiction, she’s seeking narrative related to sports, food, history, science, pop-culture, literary memoir and journalism. Above all, she wants to be gripped by what she’s reading, and taken into a new and riveting world, one that touches her with layers of complexity and does not easily let go. Query by email preferred.


Henry Thayer represents non-fiction on a wide variety of subjects and fiction that inclines toward the literary. He is looking for new, engaging voices and compelling narratives. His wide-ranging interests include American history, popular music, and sports, among others. Query by email preferred.


Carl D. Brandt’s young aspirations as a journalist served him well when in 1957 he joined his mother Carol Brandt in representing authors in the firm his father had founded. He has represented over his long career towering talents in nature writing, geopolitics, military history, lifestyle philosophy, American history, biography, sociology, education as well as in adult and children’s fiction. His clients have won the Nobel Prize, Cervantes Prize in Fiction, Pulitzer Prize, Newbery Award and National Book Award, among others. Carl D. Brandt passed away in August 2013.


Charles Schlessiger was the institutional memory of Brandt & Hochman, having joined the agency as an assistant in 1956 and worked his way up to agent. He retired at the end of 2014.

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