A dynamic literary agency founded in 2011 by longtime friends and colleagues Terra Chalberg and Rachel Sussman, Chalberg & Sussman represents a broad range of fiction and nonfiction authors in the areas of narrative nonfiction, self-help/personal growth, psychology, history, memoir, humor, pop culture, and literary and commercial fiction.
Chalberg & Sussman’s list includes New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestsellers; Amazon, Washington Post, and New York Times “Best Books of the Year”; and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Book of the Month Club, Target Emerging Authors, and Indie Next List selections. The agency's titles have been translated into over 30 languages throughout the world and optioned for film and television by major studios and networks, including Sony, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Netflix, and HBO. They have also been honored with the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Rona Jaffe Award, the O. Henry Prize, and the Goodreads Choice Award, and have been finalists or nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Image Award, PEN USA Awards, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award.
Rachel Sussman, co-founder and agent, is a graduate of Brown University and worked as an editor at Scribner before launching Chalberg & Sussman. Her list, which is almost exclusively nonfiction, spans both serious and unserious subject matter, from history, psychology, self-help, and narrative nonfiction to humor, pop culture, and illustrated titles.