About Us

Wendy Strothman

Wendy Strothman has long been an advocate for authors and freedom of expression. Before starting the Strothman Agency, Wendy was the Publisher of Trade & Reference books at Houghton Mifflin (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the Publisher at Beacon Press.

At Houghton Mifflin, Wendy acquired and edited books by key authors, including Philip Roth, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Paul Theroux, and James Carroll. She also vigorously pursued the defense in the lawsuit brought by the Margaret Mitchell estate to block publication of Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone, a parody of Gone with the Wind.

Wendy’s efforts to publish books at the highest standards led the company to receive more literary awards than at any time in its history--two Pulitzer Prizes, one National Book Award, three Caldecott Medals, and two Newbery Medals, among many other honors- and led to the company’s greatest period of growth and recognition.

From 1983 to 1995, Wendy headed Beacon Press, a Boston publisher founded in 1854. She published two New York Times bestsellers (Cornel West’s Race Matters and Marian Wright Edelman’s The Measure of Our Success) and one National Book Award winner.

Wendy began her career in 1972 at the University of Chicago Press where she launched the Critical Edition of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi.

Agent Member of the Association of Authors' Representatives.

Awards and Recognition: Publisher of the Year Award (New England Booksellers Association); Person of the Year Award for “permanent and significant contributions to the book industry” (Literary Market Place); “Friend to Writers” Award (PEN New England-never before given to a publisher); and two Doctor of Humane Letters (one from Brown University, and one from Meadville Lombard Theological School, affiliated with the University of Chicago).

Boards: Wendy currently serves on the board the Copyright Clearance Center and the Board of the Association of Authors Representatives where she is also a member of the Contracts Committee. Wendy has served on the Board of Governors of Yale University Press, as a Trustee at Deerfield Academy and 826 Boston, and as a Trustee and Senior Fellow of the Brown University Corporation where she was Secretary of the Corporation for ten years.

Wendy has also consulted for a number of small publishers and non-profits on publishing business strategy and has served as a publishing experts in legal matters.

Looking for: Books that matter, books that change the way we think about things we take for granted, that tell stories that readers can’t forget, and advance scholarship and knowledge. History, narrative nonfiction, narrative journalism, science and nature, and current affairs.

Photo by Nancy Crampton, used with permission.

Lauren E. MacLeod

Lauren MacLeod joined the Strothman Agency after graduating cum laude from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She lives in Nashville, TN and tweets under @Lauren_MacLeod.

Lauren’s primary interests are young adult fiction and nonfiction, middle grade novels, as well as highly polished literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Some of her favorite (non-client) YA authors are Melina Marchetta, Meg Rosoff, and Maureen Johnson.

Agent Member of the Association of Authors' Representatives.

Click here for Lauren's interview on GalleyCat.

Looking for: Looking for: Young adult & middle grade in every subgenre. She loves books for and about lost people, and well-drawn, complex, flawed characters. She is always looking for projects with strong voices and diverse casts. She is drawn towards multifaceted female characters, underrepresented protagonists, and books that explore interesting questions.

On the MG side, she loves manuscripts with funny characters or humorous situations. On the YA side, she will never stop looking for the next Perks of Being a Wallflower or Jellicoe Road.

On the nonfiction side, Lauren looks for all captivating narrative nonfiction, and is particularly interested in food writing, science, pop culture and history. Her dream nonfiction project would be a feminist history of the United States.

Lauren is not accepting queries for picture books or chapter books for early readers at this time. She does not represent adult romance, sci-fi or chick lit.

Upcoming Conferences and Events: ALA Midwinter, 2016 Alabama Writers Conference, 2016 NE-SCBWI, 2016 Midwest Writers Workshop.


Junior Agents:

Elvis Rocco MacLeod-Bua

Elvis Rocco occasionally reads manuscripts for The Strothman Agency. His interests include the dog park, sunbathing, early morning yipping and shopping for sufficiently commanding dog outfits. He writes Snoopy fan fiction in his spare time.




Farley Doodle


Farley's taste in books is universal -- he eats them all right up! He's named after another furry goof, Farley Mowat who stopped at nothing to get a good story.





Grace (Part-time)

GraceGrace, who hails from Greece, is bilingual and we defer to her on international fiction despite her strong anti-cat bias.


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.