A dynamic literary agency founded in 2011 by longtime friends and colleagues Terra Chalberg & Rachel Sussman, Chalberg & Sussman represents authors of memoir, narrative nonfiction, personal growth, lifestyle, humor, pop culture, literary and commercial fiction, and young adult 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. Our titles have been translated into over 30 languages throughout the world and optioned for film and television by high profile producers and major studios and networks, including Sony, Lionsgate, A&E, 20th Century Fox, HBO, and NBC Universal.
Our authors have received the Flannery O’Connor Award, the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, The Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult Fiction, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Edmund White Award, the California Book 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, the New America Fellowship, PEN USA Awards, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, 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 and agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth before launching Chalberg & Sussman. Her list, which is almost exclusively nonfiction, spans both serious and "unserious" subject matter, from history, psychology, memoir, and narrative nonfiction to humor, pop culture, illustrated, and lifestyle.