Advocates for books that matter.

The Strothman Agency, LLC is a highly selective literary agency operating out of New York and Nashville, TN dedicated to advocating for authors of significant books through the entire publishing cycle.

Wendy Strothman is widely respected in the publishing industry for her editorial eye, her business acumen, her indefatigable championing of writers and her turnaround of two storied publishing houses: Beacon Press and Houghton Mifflin where she edited Philip Roth and John Kenneth Galbraith.


The Strothman Agency seeks out scholars, journalists, and other acknowledged and emerging experts in their fields.

To submit a query, please read our submission guidelines.

Featured Books

  • 5 to 1
    Holly Bodger

    “5 to 1 is a visual and intriguing masterpiece that opens the imagination and never leaves even after the book is closed.” – USA Today “An...

  • Eulogy
    Ken Murray

    The controlled and calm life of William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car accident. A reclusive paper conservator at...

  • Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest (Kaufman Field Guides)
    Kenn Kaufman

    The only field guide to bring along to identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders,...

  • Old Heart: A Novel
    Peter Ferry

    “Old Heart manages to weave together an astonishing array of themes and layers—the perils and freedoms of old age, the complexity of family...

  • The Pope and Mussolini:The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
    David I. Kertzer

    PULITZER PRIZE WINNER From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations...

We offer our clients extensive inside experience and knowledge of both the editorial and business aspects of publishing. We understand:

  • how to create winning proposals
  • how editors and publishers make decisions
  • the economics of publishing
  • the nuances of contracts
  • the importance of focused and strategic marketing and publicity

Publishers place an increased value on our properties due to our selectivity.

Our list includes Pulitzer Prize winners David Brion Davis and Anthony Lewis, New York Times Bestselling author James K. Galbraith, former Poet Laureate Donald Hall, The Estate of double-Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, The Estate of famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith, preeminent historian Martha A. Sandweiss, and physicist Walter Lewin.

We stay involved throughout the entire publishing process.

We work closely  with the publisher to assure that our authors have a voice in critical design, publicity, and marketing decisions.

We help clients think long term, to shape successful careers.

Submission Guidelines

Detailed instructions for writers interested in submitting a query to us.

Proposal Writing Suggestions

Our author's guide to writing  Non-Fiction proposals.