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Steve Ross
Steve Ross Agency, LLC

Steve Ross launched the Steve Ross Agency, LLC, as the next step in a long career in books. A literary agent and Director of the Book Division at Abrams Artists Agency for eight years, Steve also has more than two decades’ experience in the publishing industry, starting as an Editor and eventually becoming a Publisher, including running high-visibility and profitable divisions at major publishing companies. Steve was instrumental in publishing Barack Obama's Dreams from my Father and Audacity of Hope, and many other best-selling books of quality commercial non-fiction.

Named one of seven “Influentials” in Books by New York Magazine and profiled on the front page of Crain’s as “a superb general nonfiction publisher”, Ross was Sr. VP and Publisher of Random House’s Crown Division, his professional home for twelve years, where he conceived and launched several content-specific imprints that remain category leaders today. At Random House he worked with such authors as Arianna Huffington, Spike Lee, Suze Orman, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Suzanne Somers, Erik Larson, The Onion, Jillian Michaels, Charles Schwab, and Max Brooks.

Ross was also President & Group Publisher of the $100 million Collins Division at HarperCollins, where he oversaw the operations and growth of four distinct publishing programs. There he worked with such authors as Jack Welch, Russell Brand, Sir Roger Moore, Jessica Seinfeld, and Rick Pitino.


years experience: 30-plus
LEADING CLIENTS
FBI Agent & Body Language Guru Joe Navarro, former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss (author of NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE), Pulitzer Prize Winner (Commentary) John Archibald, TED Prize and Guggenheim Award winning Satellite Archaeologist Sarah Parcak, Actress and Immigration Rights Advocate Diane Guerrero, Creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Dr. Marsha Linehan, Playwright and Actor John Cariani, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Vocal Coach to the Stars Denise Woods, Epstein/Maxwell Survivor Sarah Ransome, Finalist for the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction Anita Gail Jones, Award-winning journalist and novelist Dawn Turner (Three Girls from Bronzeville), National Autism Advocate John Elder Robison, Bennet Omalu, MD, Discoverer of CTE, Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for Mystery Andrew Hunt, Author of The Good Negress A.J. Verdelle, Neurologist Sara Manning Peskin, Journalist Ruth Whippman, Humor Writer Jenny Allen, Creators of Come From Away Irene Sankoff and David Hein, with NYU Theater Professor and Prodigious Author Laurence Maslon
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
ALL THE WHITE FRIENDS I COULDN'T KEEP by Activist/Musician Andre Henry; MISS CHLOE: A Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison, by A.J. Verdelle; A MOLECULE AWAY FROM MADNESS: Tales of the Hijacked Brain, by Sara Manning Peskin, MD, PEACH SEED MONKEY by Anita Gail Jones
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Steve's client list features a wide range of global thought leaders, innovators, and people of substantial accomplishment in such fields as sports, medicine, and the arts, all of whom have unique and important stories to tell, and Steve helps his clients to shape those stories. Finding the best publishing home for them has returned him to the mission and passion that drove him to become a book editor earlier in this career. He has also developed a global network of sub-agents who represent his clients in their specific territories.

A former President of the Publishers Lunch Club and recipient of the James Thurber Award for editing and publishing the #1 Bestseller Our Dumb Century by The Onion, Ross earned a Master's Degree from New York University, is an avid motorcycle rider and tennis player, and lives with his family in Westchester County.