Ann Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum International Literary Agency

I have been in book publishing for over 50 years, working for Viking Press, Random House, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Doubleday International, and Newsweek Books. I've held executive positions in marketing, editorial, and management. My career highlights include editing Random House’s children’s history program, “The Landmark Series” and planning and escorting Norman and Molly Rockwell on the publicity tour for what became the best-selling Abrams book, "Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator." In 1980, I established Tanenbaum International Publishing Services, an agenting and consulting practice that created alliances between art, illustrated, and reference book publishers worldwide. In 2000, I founded, with two partners, LTD Editions LLC, a visual book agenting and packaging company. In 2010, I folded LTD Editions into what is now Tanenbaum International Literary Agency. In addition to representing books on the arts, theatre, and children’s books, I have a commitment to nurturing projects on current affairs, politics, the environment, and history.

Subject Focus

Fiction: General/Other Fiction
NF: History/Politics/Current Affairs
NF: Illustrated/Art
NF: Narrative
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Children’s: Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Children’s: Picture Book
Children’s: General

Submission Requirements

How to successfully present your work

We are always interested in considering new authors and artists to represent. For non-fiction, we are currently accepting a wide range of submissions in the areas of current issues, cultural criticism, history, and general narrative. For fiction submissions, we welcome select upmarket fiction as well as illustrated picture books (please see agent bios). We are not looking for memoirs, self-help, romance, fantasy, or young adult fiction submissions. For fiction, please submit a one-page query that includes: A brief synopsis of your book A short description of what makes your book compelling in today’s market A summary of your writing credentials and platform (if applicable) A sample chapter in the body of your email For non-fiction, please submit a brief query and detailed proposal that includes: A synopsis of your project An outline or table of contents A detailed description of what makes your book compelling in today’s market with comparative titles Your plans for marketing the book A summary of your credentials and platform, including a bio or CV 1-3 sample chapters Queries may be sent to: