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agent :
Janis Donnaud
Janis A. Donnaud & Associates, Inc.
77 Bleecker Street - Suite C1-25, New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-2664

JANIS A. DONNAUD & ASSOCIATES, INC. was founded over 25 years ago by Janis Donnaud, who had previously been Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Random House Adult Trade Group.

The agency develops and represents a wide range of commercially successful properties. It negotiates publishing agreements with the top trade houses in the U.S., licenses all subsidiary rights, including UK and translation rights, and film and performance rights. The agency’s varied list is concentrated mainly on nonfiction for the general reader, with an emphasis on culinary writing, narrative non-fiction, health/wellness and medical books, cultural and contemporary social issues. Does NOT represent fiction and/or children’s books.

years experience: over 25 years as an agent
Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, African-American, Science, Food Writing, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Cultural Subjects, Animal Books, Contemporary Social Issues, “Big Think” Books, Women’s Issues
My agency has a strong and varied list of best-selling, award winning non-fiction authors active in the fields of food writing, health/wellness, memoirs, cultural subjects and social issues including Melissa Clark, weekly New York Times culinary columnist and author of the IACP Best Book Winner DINNER: Changing the Game, and most recently, DINNER IN AN INSTANT and COMFORT IN AN INSTANT(all Clarkson Potter/Crown); Gina Homolka, creator of the mega-selling SKINNYTASTE cookbook brand, based on her popular blog, with over one million copies sold in the U.S. (four titles to date with a fifth to be published in 2019 (Clarkson Potter/Crown); internationally known endocrinologist Robert H. Lustig, M.D., author of the New York Times Bestseller FAT CHANCE: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease (Avery/Penguin); Susan Blum, M.D., Director of the Blum Center for Health, for her groundbreaking books THE IMMUNE SYSTEM RECOVERY PLAN and HEALING ARTHRITIS (Scribner); renowned Cornell University gerontologist and founder of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Dr. Karl Pillemer for his books 30 LESSONS FOR LIVING, an international bestseller, and 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING, (both Avery/Penguin)and the forthcoming FAULT LINES: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them (also Avery/Penguin).

I also have an extensive list of high-profile, best-selling culinary books by prominent master chefs and TV food stars, including co-host of “The Chew” Carla Hall; James Beard Chef Of the Year winners Los Angeles chefs Suzanne Goin, of Lucques and A.O.C and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza, Amy Thielen, for THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE, which won a James Beard book award and was selected as one of the best cookbooks of the year by NPR, and her culinary memoir, GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE (both published by Clarkson Potter/Crown); Donald Link, chef/owner of Herbsaint and Cochon in New Orleans and James Beard Award winning author of REAL CAJUN and DOWN SOUTH; chef Jody Williams, author of BUVETTE: The Pleasures of Good Food; Jim Lahey, author of the ground-breaking books, MY BREAD and MY PIZZA; Kerala born Atlanta chef Asha Gomez for her Piglet Award winning debut, MY TWO SOUTHS: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen (Running Press/Hachette); Chicago's Paul Kahan for his James Beard Award finalist debut, CHEERS TO THE PUBLICAN!, based on the food at his award-winning restaurant (Ten Speed Press) and Maine's Erin French, who was shortlisted for the James Beard Award for THE LOST KITCHEN (Clarkson Potter/Crown) and whose memoir, FINDING FREEDOM will be published by Celedon Press.

In addition, I represent hugely popular food bloggers and social media luminaries such as Gaby Dalkin (WHAT’S GABY COOKING?, published by Abrams); Maria Lichty (TWO PEAS IN THEIR POD, to be published by Grand Central); Erin Clarke (HEALTHY WELL PLATED, to be published by Avery/Penguin Random House); Amber Wilson (FOR THE LOVE OF THE SOUTH, published by HarperDesign) and YouTube phenomenon (over one million subscribers) Maangchi (REAL KOREAN COOKING, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

In addition, I represent numerous noted national culinary brands, such as Blue Apron, Forks Over Knives and Sur La Table.

In the category of illustrated books, I represent The New York Times Bestseller THE DOGIST and DOGIST PUPPIES by Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan).

COOK 90: The 30 Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meals by David Tamarkin and the editors of Epicurious (Little, Brown); THE JOYS OF BAKING by James Beard finalist for THE NEW SUGAR AND SPICE Samantha Seneviratne (Running Press); PLANT PLAY by the creator of the one million plus follower vegan community, From My Bowl, Caitlin Shoemaker (Abrams); THE NEW RULES FROM WHAT'S GABY COOKING? by Gaby Dalkin (Abrams); THE SKINNYTASTE AIR FRYER COOKBOOK by Gina Homolka (Clarkson Potter/Crown); THE NIMBLE COOK: New Strategies for Great Meals That Make the Most of Your Ingredients by Ronna Welsh (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and FAMILY, FAITH AND THE FEAST by Chopped Grill Master Kent Rollins and Shannon Rollins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
The agency is a member of both the Authors Guild and the Association of Authors Representatives. I was the V.P. Associate Publisher of the Random House Adult Trade Group, before starting my agency.
UK – Abner Stein Agency
(contact: Anna Carmichael

Germany – Liepman Agency
(contact: Hannah Fosh

France – Eliane Benisti Agency
(contact: Noemie Rollet

Italy – Berla & Griffini (contact: Erica

Scandinavia, Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Brazil - Lennart Sane Agency
(contact: Philip Sane

Netherlands –Sebes & Bisseling
(contact: Willem Bisseling -

Eastern Europe/Baltic – Graal Agency
(contact: Michal Landsberger

Japan – Tuttle-Mori Agency
(contact: Shoko Kobayashi

Chinese - Big Apple Agency
(contact: Vincent Lin (Taiwan) & Wendy King (PRC)

Korea – Shin Won Agency
(contact: Tae-Eun Kim

Turkey – Kalem Agency
(contact: Nazli Gurkas

Janis A. Donnaud, President
Teresa Cavanaugh, Rights Manager
Query letter by email – sample material only on request - no fiction, children's books, poetry, screenplays.