Harvey Klinger

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Harvey Klinger received his M.A. in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He began his publishing career at Doubleday where he expected to become the next Max Perkins among editors. Instead, he left and worked for a literary agent for eighteen months and began forming his first client list. A two-year stint followed in association with an independent publicist. Harvey created his own independent operation in October, 1977 and has never looked back. He personally loves great adult commercial and literary fiction; and in non-fiction, books with a strong narrative voice in all disciplines, but written by an author who already has an established professional platform in one's field of expertise.

He does not personally accept submissions for children's books and those submissions should not be sent directly to him.


David Dunton has been at Harvey Klinger, Inc. since 1996. Among the writers he represents are Tara Altebrando, Lou Beach, Katherine Catmull, Dan Charnas, Robert Gordon, NYT Bestselling author and Grammy winner Ashley Kahn, Steve Knopper, GregKot, Laurie McKay, Scott Mebus, Michelle Mercer, NYT Bestselling author Alan Paul, NYT Bestselling author Ken Sharp, James Beard Award winner Jason Sheehan, Brad Tolinski, and NPR's "Fresh Air" rock & roll historian Ed Ward. He specializes in music-related books and is looking for the following types of projects: pop culture, young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, narrative nonfiction, cooking, and literary fiction. See his listing on the client page of this website for links to some of his writers' webpages.

Past projects include S.J. Kincaid's Insignia series; Bob Mould's See A Little Light; Jeremy Jackson's Life at These Speeds and James Beard nominee The Cornbread Book; Mark Kemp's Dixie Lullaby; Alex McAulay's Bad Girls; Shawn McBride's Green Grass Grace; Richard Meltzer's Autumn Rhythm; Blake Nelson's User; Mac Randall's Exit Music: The Radiohead Story; Karen Schoemer's Great Pretenders; Mark Weingarten's Station to Station; and many more.

Prior to becoming an agent, David was an editor in Simon & Schuster's trade paperback group until 1995, where he acquired and edited Donald Passman's bestselling All You Need to Know About the Music Business and other titles, before leaving to tour for a year in support of the critically acclaimed Kevin Salem album Soma City. He grew up in Portland, CT and Milton, MA, graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1988, can be contacted at david@harveyklinger.com and answers email queries many months before hard copy ones.



Sara represents children's fiction and adult fiction. Her clients include NYT Bestselling authors Jonathan Maberry and Dan Wells, USA Today Bestselling author Jeff Hirsch, as well as Megan Frazer Blakemore, Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Varian Johnson, Nina LaCour, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder, Robison Wells, and Kristen Tracy. Her authors have been nominated for Edgars and the Morris Award and have been on the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and in the Top Ten.

After attending the Radcliffe Publishing Course, she started her career at The Wylie Agency in New York, and after two years, moved to their London office as a foreign rights agent. At Trident Media Group in New York, she was a Foreign rights manager and represented rights for Louis Sachar, Michael Ondaatje and Russell Banks. She joined Harvey Klinger in 2005 to build her own list and to develop a children's list for the agency. She attends the Bologna Book Fair, and utilizes her seven-plus years as a foreign rights agent to hand sell her clients' work abroad. There are many debuts still among her recent deals, and she loves finding new talent, but she also develops and nurtures careers and is most proud of selling her author's 5th and even 15th books

She is open to queries and read and respond to all of them. She does not respond to queries sent by regular mail. She prefers queries by email to sara@harveyklinger.com or sent with the form on the agency website: www.harveyklinger.com  Please send the first five pages below the query, pasted in as plain text in the body of your email. No attachments, please.

Though it changes often, her wish list currently includes contemporary realistic graphic novel that would appeal to fans of ROLLER GIRL and SISTERS, and a YA version of WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE with mystery and heart and humor. She is always looking for new YA and MG voices,and hoping to add more diverse stories and authors to her list. She is looking to be surprised by a story she has not heard before, and familiar stories and retellings told in a new way.

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A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005. Her clients' books have been NYTimes and USA Bestsellers, as well as nominated for The Governor General's Award, the Lambda Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Andrea also teaches courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest on topics such as nonfiction, memoir, mystery and thrillers, fantasy and sf. Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories: Fiction: literary, commercial, book club fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science, pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design,crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, diet, health & fitness.

For more information about Andrea and her clients, please visit: http://www.andreasomberg.com

She can be queried directly at andrea@harveyklinger.com



Wendy Silbert Levinson recently re-joined Harvey Klinger, Inc. after a period of time raising her two children. Wendy had worked as an agent at Harvey Klinger representing such clients as: Deborah Davis (Strapless); George Taber (Judgment of Paris); Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (Apartment Therapy); Gary Berntsen (Jawbreaker); Reed Farrel Coleman (The Moe Prager series); Anthony Dias Blue (Bon Appetit magazine, Complete Book of Mixed Drinks), among others, working across the food & wine, fiction and non-fiction genres. In her role of Director of Development at Harvey Klinger, Wendy is actively seeking new clients for the agency focusing on adult fiction and non-fiction with the occasional YA or Middle Grade. New clients will then be distributed among the agency’s agents for procuring publishing and ancillary rights deals. Prior to agenting, Wendy worked in the motion picture business as VP of Development for Stanley Jaffe, and got her start in book publishing in the paperback division of St. Martin’s Press, and HarperCollins Publishers where she assisted the Editor-in-Chief of the Adult Trade Division. She is a graduate of Amherst College, and a native New Yorker.

She can be queried directly at wendy@harveyklinger.com


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