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The Book Group
The Book Group
20 West 20th Street, Suite 601, New York, NY 10011
212 803-3360

Welcome to The Book Group, a full service literary agency located in the heart of Manhattan. Launched in 2015 by publishing industry veterans Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed, The Book Group shares a singular passion: to seek out and cultivate writers, and to serve as their champions throughout their careers.

We represent a wide range of distinguished authors, including critically acclaimed and bestselling novelists, celebrated writers of children's literature, and award-winning historians, food writers, memoirists and journalists.

With our hands-on approach at every stage of the publication process, our exceptional subsidiary rights team, and our commitment to helping each client reach his or her fullest potential, we provide the benefits of a larger agency alongside the personalized attention and collegial spirit offered by a boutique group.

years experience: 20
Forthcoming Titles:
TWO SUMMERS by Aimee Freedman (Scholastic)
THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (Washington Sq. Press)
DELIVER HER by Patricia Perry Donovan (Lake Union)
BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley (Riverhead)
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips (Henry Holt)
PEN & PALATE by Lucy Madison & Tram Nguyen (Grand Central)
RICH & PRETTY by Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
For film, audio, and all other general inquiries, please contact us at

For any foreign inquiries regarding Julie Barer, Elisabeth Weed, Brettne Bloom, or Faye Bender's adult and non-fiction titles, please contact Jenny at

Faye Bender works with co-agents around the world for international rights to her children's books. The co-agents include:
Lora Fountain in France, UK, Spain, Italy, Holland, Israel, Brazil
Mohrbooks in Germany
Ia Atterholm Agency in Scandinavia
Prava i Prevodi in Eastern Europe
The English Agency in Japan
Grayhawk Agency in China and Taiwan
KCC in Korea
Maxima Creative Agency in Indonesia

Julie Barer, Partner
Faye Bender, Partner
Brettne Bloom, Partner
Elisabeth Weed, Partner
Rebecca Stead, Agent
Nicole Cunningham, Assistant to Julie Barer
Dana Murphy, Assistant to Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed
Please send a query letter and ten sample pages to, with the first and last name of the agent you are querying in the subject line.
All material must be in the body of the email, as we do not open attachments. While we represent a broad range of fiction and nonfiction at The Book Group, we do not represent poetry or screenplays. At this time, we only accept electronic queries sent to the email address above.
We do not accept paper queries or queries by phone.