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The Book Group
The Book Group
20 West 20th Street, Suite 601, New York, NY 10011
212 803-3360

Welcome to The Book Group, a full service literary agency located in the heart of Manhattan. Launched in 2015 by publishing industry veterans Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed, The Book Group shares a singular passion: to seek out and cultivate writers, and to serve as their champions throughout their careers.

We represent a wide range of distinguished authors, including critically acclaimed and bestselling novelists, celebrated writers of children's literature, and award-winning historians, food writers, memoirists and journalists.

With our hands-on approach at every stage of the publication process, our exceptional subsidiary rights team, and our commitment to helping each client reach his or her fullest potential, we provide the benefits of a larger agency alongside the personalized attention and collegial spirit offered by a boutique group.

years experience: 20
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter (Viking)
GIRL IN SNOW by Danya Kukafka (Simon & Schuster)
GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION! by Jake Burt (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)
SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris (Sourcebooks)
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (Flatiron)
CIRCE by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)
MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf)
HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN by Blythe Roberson (Flatiron)
NINTH STREET WOMEN by Mary Gabriel (Little, Brown)
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)
EUPHORIA by Lily King (Grove Press)
THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. (Penguin Books)
HEARTLAND by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner)
GRACELING by Kristin Cashore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
ROMANTIC OUTLAWS by Charlotte Gordon (Random House)
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips (Picador)
THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris (Little, Brown)
THE ROYAL WE by Jessica Cocks & Heather Morgan (Grand Central)
MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson (Random House)
SCRUBLANDS by Chris Hammer (Touchstone)
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery/Sharon Short (Minotaur)
HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN by Blythe Roberson (Flatiron Books)
LET'S GO SWIMMING ON DOOMSDAY by Natalie C. Anderson (Putnam)
INHERITANCE by Dani Shapiro (Knopf)
ON BEING 40(ISH) ed. Lindsay Mead (Simon & Schuster)
THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer (Little, Brown)
THE VANISHING MAN by Charlie Finch (Minotaur)
WOMAN 99 by Greer Macallister (Sourcebooks)
CONFIDENTIAL by Ellie Monago (Lake Union)
THIS MUCH COUNTRY by Kristin Knight Pace (Grand Central Pulbishing)
IF, THEN by Kate Hope Day (Random House)
THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner
UNLEAVING by Melissa Ostrom (Feiwel & Friends)
ELEMENTS OF FAMILY STYLE by Erin Gates (Touchstone)
I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU by Camille Pagán (Lake Union)
SOUTHERN LADY CODE by Helen Ellis (Doubleday)
For film, audio, and all other general inquiries, please contact us at

For any foreign inquiries regarding Julie Barer, Elisabeth Weed, Brettne Bloom, or Faye Bender's adult and non-fiction titles, please contact Jenny at

Faye Bender and Rebecca Stead work with co-agents around the world for international rights to their children's books. The co-agents include:
Lora Fountain in France, UK, Spain, Italy, Holland, Israel, Brazil
Mohrbooks in Germany
Ia Atterholm Agency in Scandinavia
Prava i Prevodi in Eastern Europe
The English Agency in Japan
Grayhawk Agency in China and Taiwan
KCC in Korea
Maxima Creative Agency in Indonesia

Julie Barer, Partner
Faye Bender, Partner
Brettne Bloom, Partner
Elisabeth Weed, Partner
Rebecca Stead, Agent
Dana Murphy, Agent
Nicole Cunningham, Associate / Assistant to Julie Barer
Hallie Schaeffer, Assistant to Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed
Please send a query letter and ten sample pages to, with the first and last name of the agent you are querying in the subject line.
All material must be in the body of the email, as we do not open attachments. While we represent a broad range of fiction and nonfiction at The Book Group, we do not represent poetry or screenplays. At this time, we only accept electronic queries sent to the email address above.
We do not accept paper queries or queries by phone.