About Lynn Johnston Literary
Lynn Johnston Literary is, well, me, a literary agent in New York City representing mostly nonfiction and a small selection of fiction. Since starting my agency in 2001, I have represented books called "firebreathing" and "righteous" by the New York Times, "exuberant" by O: The Oprah Magazine and "a godsend" by Publishers Weekly.
My list is short by design and long by reputation. It includes bestsellers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others), winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award, finalist of the Books for a Better Life Award and numerous "best of year" nominees, including the Atlantic Monthly's best food books and the Washington Post's best nonfiction. For more information about the books on my list, please go to the books and news pages.
My clients include Pulitzer-winning journalists, international stylemakers, thought leaders, social activists, school teachers, musicians, gardeners and a kazoo musician (whose book became a national bestseller). If you're looking for an agent, please read my submission guidelines and this Q&A.
I have an MBA and a BA in Philosophy. Before publishing, I worked in management consulting and marketing and have served on the board or staff of notable non-profit organizations, such as Dress for Success, Bottomless Closet and the American Bar Association. I currently serve on the advisory board of the Woodstock Writers Festival.
I came to live and work in New York City by way of Saigon where I was born, Bangkok, Dunedin (Florida), Austin, Dallas and Chicago.
The best way to reach me is by email at lynnjohnstonlit at gmail dot com.
Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary handles all of my foreign rights. She manages a network of established co-agents around the world to ensure the best placement of book projects in every region and has placed the foreign rights for some of the most respected publishers and authors. If you are interested in the translation rights for one of my projects, please email Sandy directly.