The Susan Rabiner Literary Agency, Inc.

About Us

Susan Rabiner co-founded Susan Rabiner Literary with Alfred Fortunato (with whom she co-wrote Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published) as a boutique agency dedicated to big idea books, the type of books she published as a senior editor at a number of major New York publishing houses and as editorial director of Basic Books, then a division of HarperCollins. Since then, the agency has won a slew of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes in biography (Hirohito by Professor Herbert Bix and The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate) as well as numerous other awards. She continues to look for well-researched, topical books written by fully credentialed academics, journalists, and recognized public intellectuals with the power to stimulate public debate on a broad range of issues including the state of our economy, political discourse, history, science, and the arts.

Sydelle Kramer joined the agency in 2005 and has over twenty years of experience as an agent. Her clients are a diverse group of academics, journalists, sportswriters, and memoirists. Among the books she has represented are Fun Home (Alison Bechdel); Liberty of Conscience (Martha Nussbaum); Madness: A Bipolar Life (Marya Hornbacher); The Republican War on Science (Chris Mooney); Nudge (Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein); Honky (Dalton Conley); The Great Risk Shift (Jacob Hacker); Baseball Between the Numbers (Baseball Prospectus); Asian-American Dreams (Helen Zia); Wasted (Marya Hornbacher); and Love My Rifle More Than You (Sgt. Kayla Williams).

Holly Bemiss joined the agency in 2007, bringing with her over a decade of book publishing experience. Her client roster includes graphic novelists, journalists, memoirists, comedians, crafters, and entertainment writers. Recent sales include New York Times bestseller Marbles by Ellen Forney (to Gotham/Penguin), How to Sew a Button by Erin Bried (to Random House), Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin (to Storey), New Kid by New York Times bestseller Lucy Knisley (to First Second Books), and Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges (to Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Twitter/BeMissH

Please send all queries by e-mail. Note: Because of the number of queries we receive, we cannot respond to every one. If your project fits the profile of the agency, we will be in touch within two weeks.