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Lisa Leshne
The Leshne Agency

THE LESHNE AGENCY is a full-service literary and talent management agency committed to the success of our clients over the course of their careers. We represent a select and growing number of writers, artists, and entertainers interested in building their brands, audience platforms, and developing long-term relationships via all forms of traditional and social media. We take a deeply personal approach by working closely with our clients to develop their best ideas for maximum impact and reach across print, digital and other formats, providing hands-on guidance and networking for lasting success.

years experience: 25
General fiction, Suspense/thriller, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Science, Parenting, Pop-Culture, Politics, Memoir, Middle Grade/Young Adult
"Here’s the difference between Lisa Leshne and every other agent out there: when you call, she answers; when you text or email, she responds; when all you have is a vague concept and a desire to see it through, she’ll turn that passion into a three book deal. She also shows up, with enthusiasm and a smile, to every meeting, and fights to make sure both the contract and the book are as good as they can be. Scrupulously honest and direct but also open-hearted and kind, artistically brilliant but also possessing a killer instinct for business, Lisa is the woman you want in your corner, full stop."
-DEBORAH COPAKEN, NY Times bestselling author of several books, including SHUTTERBABE, THE RED BOOK, and the ABCs OF ADULTHOOD; journalist, photographer, Emmy-winning TV producer.

"Lisa was an invaluable part of my process. She helped me every step of the way, from encouraging me to turn my germ of an idea into a book proposal, input on the proposal, communication and negotiations with editors and publishers, and valuable feedback on every draft of my manuscript. She’s the perfect mix of passion, intelligence and integrity. She never stunted my creative vision, but actually encouraged mine – a dream scenario for a writer. I can’t say enough about her work ethic, she ALWAYS promptly returned every phone call, email, snail mail and smoke signal. From the business side of the equation, she was fantastic. She got me a deal better than I ever dreamed of and fought extremely hard for every penny and deal point.
She’s great to work with on the writing side and the business side. The perfect combination of creativity and professionalism!"
-TURNEY DUFF, NY Times Bestselling Author of THE BUY SIDE; Contributing writer at, Consultant on Showtime's BILLIONS

"I can’t sing Lisa’s praises loudly enough. She’s been incredible from the moment I signed with her and not a day goes by where she doesn’t somehow help or support me me. Although I know that I can’t be her only or top priority at all times, she always makes me feel like I am. I can’t imagine writing a book without her!"
- JILL SMOKLER, NY Times Bestselling Author of CONFESSIONS OF A SCARY MOMMY; Founder and President, Scary

"The relationship with an agent comes down to three things, 1) Trust, 2) Likeabilty 3) Willingness to work hard. Lisa Leshne is someone I trust deeply, someone I like, and definitely someone I know will knock through walls for me. I can’t recommend Lisa highly enough!"
-JESSE ITZLER, Author of LIVING WITH A SEAL; Serial entrepreneur, Marquis Jet and 100 Mile Group co-founder; Atlanta Hawks co-owner

"As a literary agent, Lisa is high energy and dedicated to her authors. From writing the best book proposal, to selling the book, to marketing follow-up post-publication, Lisa’s enthusiasm never flagged. When she believes in something, she will do everything possible to make sure the project gets what it deserves."
-MINA SAMUELS, Author of RUN LIKE A GIRL; Independent Writing and Editing Professional

"Lisa is spectacular! Over the past 25 years I have been represented by some of the biggest names in publishing. Lisa is not only their peer but a true value-added partner in every step of the process. She is tough, creative, persistent, and a joy to work with!"
-STEVE COHEN, Author of GETTING IN; Associate at Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore

"As a first time author whose book has an uncommon subject matter, Lisa had more than her share of challenges representing me. Throughout the process I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about the business of publishing, as well as a constant source of support and encouragement throughout. Lisa is energetic, smart, follows through on every commitment she makes, always returns calls and perhaps most important she is very grounded in reality. Her ideas and suggestions to improve the product have been terrific. Bottom line – Lisa Leshne is outstanding."
-CYNTHIA BROWN, Author of BRAVE HEARTS; Publisher at American Police Beat

"I was very fortunate to find my literary agent, Lisa Leshne. A writer’s greatest needs from a literary agent are that the agent: believes in his writing; is energetic in marketing and promoting his work; is responsive to his inevitable panic attacks and neuroses; and follows through on leads, commitments and deadlines. Lisa gets 5 stars in each of those categories."
- HARLEY ROTBART, M.D. Author of NO REGRETS PARENTING, 940 SATURDAYS, and MIRACLES WE HAVE SEEN; Professor and Vice Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at Univ of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado

"Lisa is the ultimate agent for a busy and absorbed creative professional. She looks after the details, thinks ahead of the game always several steps, and her shrewd negotiations far exceed what I could dream up myself. Always pleasant, inspiring, and fun, working with Lisa is more like having coffee with a friend who knows you very well and whose advice you always carefully consider. With Lisa at the “gate” one can concentrate on creating and let the “big gun” manage business, with style, kindness, and uncanny ability to make success."
- RANDY POLUMBO, Author of the ABCs OF ADULTHOOD; Sculptor, photog­rapher, and illustrator; Master builder and LEED AP at PLANT NYC.

"Lisa Leshne is absolutely, positively one of the best literary agents in the book business. She has a keen eye for developing projects and coaching her clients to write the best book possible, and is a fierce advocate for their interests. Lisa is the most proactive agent I know and has the media contacts that could rival any book publicist’s. An author could do no better and I recommend her without reservation!"
-FAUZIA BURKE, Author of ONLINE MARKETING FOR BUSY AUTHORS; Founder and President of FSB Associates

Lisa’s clients include Czech bestselling novelist and memoirist IVAN KILMA; Three-time WWE Divas Champion AJ "AJ LEE" BROOKS; Award-winning Blogger and New York Times bestselling author JILL SMOKLER; New York Times Bestselling author of Shutterbabe, The Red Book, Hell is Other Parents, Between Here and April and The ABCs of Adulthood, DEBORAH COPAKEN; Blogger and New York Times bestselling author MINA SAMUELS; New York Times Bestselling author of The Buy Side, former Wall Street trader and contributing writer TURNEY DUFF; Author of No Regrets Parenting and 940 Saturdays, Pediatrician and parenting expert Dr. HARLEY ROTBART; Author of Living With a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet, Former rapper, Serial entrepreneur, Marquis Jet and 100 Mile Group co-founder and Atlanta Hawks co-owner JESSE ITZLER; Former Goldman Sachs VP, Immigration Rights Activist and Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, JULISSA ARCE; New York Times bestselling author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers, LAWRENCE MCDONALD; College admissions expert, Attorney, Forbes columnist and New York Observer writer STEVE COHEN; Chief Business Officer of Chegg, ANNE DWANE; Stylist and Bravo TV personality at Blood, Sweat and Heels, DAISY LEWELLYN; Former ABC news anchor, Digital lifestyle expert The Well Mom and Geek Girls Rising blogger HEATHER CABOT; Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It Blogger MEG ZUCKER; Million dollar winner on Survivor, Reality star, TV and Sirius XM Radio Host JENNA MORASCA; American Police Beat Publisher CYNTHIA BROWN; Author of The Death of Punishment, New York Law School Professor ROBERT BLECKER; and Award-winning author of Vodka, Tears and Lenin’s Angel and New York Post celebrity real estate and food columnist JENNIFER GOULD KEIL.
Turney Duff's NYT Bestseller, THE BUY SIDE


Dr. Harley Rotbart's, NO REGRETS PARENTING and 940 SATURDAYS

NYT Bestselling author, Mina Samuels', RUN LIKE A GIRL

Jesse Itzler's LIVING WITH A SEAL: My 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

THE ABCS OF ADULTHOOD by Deborah Copaken and Randy Polumbo (April, 2016)

MY (UNDERGROUND) AMERICAN DREAM by Julissa Arce (September, 2016)

MIRACLES WE HAVE SEEN by Dr. Harley Rotbart (September, 2016)

GEEK GIRL RISING by Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens (Spring, 2017)

CRAZY IS MY SUPERPOWER by AJ Brooks (Spring, 2017)

Former Goldman Sachs Vice President, Immigration rights activist and author Julissa Arce's MY (UNDERGROUND) AMERICAN DREAM: My True Story As an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive, optioned to America Ferrera's Take Fountain Productions for development as a television series, by William Morris Endeavor, on behalf of Lisa Leshne at The Leshne Agency.

Complex Chinese rights to Jesse Itzler's LIVING WITH A SEAL, to China Times, by Andrew Nurnberg Associates in association with Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary on behalf of Leshne Agency.

Bosnian rights to Ivan Klima's collection of stories LOVERS, RATTLESNAKES, AND OTHER FEMALE FEARS, to Knijizevni, by Andrew Nurnberg Associates Sofia on behalf of Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary for The Leshne Agency.

Czech rights to NYT bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy Jill Smokler's MOTHERHOOD COMES NATURALLY...AND OTHER VICIOUS LIES, to Lucka Bohemia, by Andrew Nurnberg Associates Prague in association with Sandy Hodgman at The Leshne Agency on behalf of Lisa Leshne.

Slovak rights to blogger Jill Smokler's MOTHERHOOD COMES NATURALLY...AND OTHER VICIOUS LIES, to Noxi Slovakia, by Andrew Nurnberg Associates Prague in association with Sandy Hodgman at The Leshne Agency on behalf of Lisa Leshne.

Three-time WWE Diva's Champion AJ Brooks's CRAZY IS MY SUPERPOWER, chronicling her unlikely rise from 100-pound nerd growing up in poverty and enduring years of abuse, to international sex symbol and professional wrestling champion (known as AJ Lee) who fought against stereotypes, forced the men in her industry to view her with respect, and inspired fans with her fierce independent streak, to Mary Choteborsky at Crown Archetype, in a significant deal, on exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2017, by Lisa Leshne at The Leshne Agency (NA).
Foreign: Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary

Former Emmy-winning rap star, co-founder of Marquis Jet, founder of 100 Mile Group, serial entrepreneur and longtime health and fitness fanatic Jesse Itzler's LIVING WITH A SEAL: My 31 Days with the Toughest Man on the Planet, chronicling what happens when a Navy SEAL moves in with Jesse, his wife Sara Blakely (the billionaire founder of Spanx) and toddler son for a month to get him in the best mental and physical shape of his life, and sharing the wisdom, workouts and life lessons he learns along the way, to Kate Hartson at Center Street, in a six-figure deal, by Lisa Leshne at The Leshne Agency (NA).
Film/TV: Jeff Jacobs at CAA

LISA LESHNE has been in the media and entertainment business for over 25 years. Lisa’s experience spans the broadest range of the industry. In 1991, she co-founded The Prague Post, the largest English-language newspaper in Central Europe, along with its book division and website, Lisa worked in Prague as the newspaper’s Publisher for almost a decade. In 1999, she moved to Manhattan to work for Accenture as a Senior Consultant in the Entertainment & Media Group. She later worked in strategy and business development for Dow Jones, and was Executive Director, International, for, the Wall Street Journal Online, responsible for digital business operations in Europe and Asia, where she oversaw advertising, marketing and circulation. Lisa also served as VP, Strategy and Business Development, for Ink2, an industry leader in the print-on-demand industry and the owner of Lisa worked for a year after 9/11 at the Partnership for New York City’s Financial Recovery Fund, evaluating grant applications and providing strategic advice to small businesses destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks. Prior to founding The Leshne Agency in 2011, she was a literary agent at LJK Literary.

Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Lisa has a BA in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Harvard. She has been profiled for entrepreneurial activities on 60 Minutes, Prime Time Live, the BBC, and featured in Fortune, Money, The New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Advertising Age, Smithsonian and other publications. Lisa is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on The Prague Post, and has been an invited speaker and panelist at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children, ages 13 and 11, is active on several non-profit boards, and enjoys training for marathons and triathlons (anything to get her outdoors) when she’s not curled up with a good book! Lisa is a member of the Association of Author Representatives, the Author’s Guild, the Women’s Media Group, and moderates a monthly discussion series for UJA-Federation of New York called “In the News.”

Sandy Hodgman
Hodgman Literary
Karisa Koontz
Editorial Assistant
The Leshne Agency
The Leshne Agency is seeking authors across all genres. We are interested in narrative, memoir, and prescriptive non-fiction, with a particular interest in sports, wellness, business, political and parenting topics. We will also look at truly terrific commercial fiction and young adult and middle-grade books. We are NOT interested in screenplays or scripts.

Please submit all materials by email and be sure to include the word QUERY and the title of your manuscript in the subject line.

Please do not submit attachments, but include everything in the body of your email. All submissions should include the following information:

A brief synopsis of your manuscript, a table of contents or chapter outline (for non-fiction), and ten sample pages pasted into the body of your email, along with your bio and a bit about yourself, including any previous publications. Please tell us the total word count, how much of the manuscript is complete, and the best way to reach you.

If we are interested in your project, we will request that you send us sample chapters or the full manuscript for consideration. We will consider every query carefully, but due to the large volume of submissions, we may only respond to queries in the affirmative.