About Harvey Klinger Literary Agents

Harvey Klinger

Harvey 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.



Submission Info


David joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 1996, after working in the editorial department at Simon & Schuster for seven years. He specializes in music-related nonfiction, biography, narrative nonfiction, and young adult & middle-grade fiction. His clients include New York Times-bestselling authors, musicians, journalists, collaborators, essayists, NPR contributors, and exceptional storytellers, and his clients’ books have been translated into many different languages. He is a graduate of Wesleyan, a musician, and lives in Volcano, HI with his wife and daughter.


A literary agent for over fifteen years, Andrea represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Her clients’ books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, as well as nominated for The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and have been chosen for ABA’s Indies Introduce Program. Andrea is a guest instructor for MediaBistro and Writers Digest. To learn more about her, please visit her website and her publishers marketplace page.


Wendy began her career on the editorial side of publishing, first at St. Martin’s Press, then at HarperCollins. After a time in the motion picture business, she joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency as an agent specializing in narrative nonfiction and literary fiction. She is a graduate of Amherst College, and a native New Yorker. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in Greenwich Village.

Rachel Ridout

Rachel is a graduate of New York University where she studied English and Creative Writing. She joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2009, after a brief stint in the travel guide industry. Rachel is currently building her own list and is interested in adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She is a fan of magical realism, contemporary westerns, science fiction and all stories that quicken the pulse and imagination.

cate hart

Cate joined Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2019 after 5 years with a New York agency where she represented Middle Grade to Adult fiction. She specializes in Historical, whether in Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to oft forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. She also loves high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, studying Theatre and History, Cate currently lives in Nashville with her children.