Regina Ryan

Regina Ryan Books

I've been a literary agent for a long time! Before that I was editor-in- chief of Macmillan -- the first woman to be editor-in-chief of a major publishing house -- and prior to that, I was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf. Thus I approach book projects from a strong editorial background. I only represent nonfiction-- mainly adult, but some children's books in the area of science and nature. In adult projects, I look for projects that are authoritative, that bring something new to the discussion, that are fresh and interestingly written and, if all goes well, that may make the world a better place. My interests are broad-ranging and eclectic. I like narrative nonfiction, natural history (particularly birds), popular science (particularly the brain), the outdoors, gardening, women's issues, parenting, psychology business, health, wellness, self-improvement, lifestyle, history food travel, popular reference and a very selective amount of memoir. Among the adult authors I represent are Donald Kroodsma, Suzi Eszterhas, Randi Minetor, Susan Gregg, John Seibert Farnsworth, Philip D'Anieri, Denis Clavreul, Todd Myers, and Margaret Winslow. Among the children's book authors, I represent are Anita Sanchez and Andrea Warren

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

NF: Biography
NF: Business/Investing/Finance
NF: Diet
NF: Health
NF: History/Politics/Current Affairs
NF: Humor
NF: Lifestyle
NF: Memoir
NF: Narrative
NF: Parenting
NF: Pop Culture
NF: Reference
NF: Science
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction: Advice/Relationships
Children’s: Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Children’s: Picture Book
Children’s: Young Adult Non-Fiction


40 +

Years of Industry Experience


Member Since

Submission Requirements

How to successfully present your work

We will want to see a proposal and at least two sample chapters. If you have the full manuscript, please include it. If one chapter is all you have, then that will have to do. Please include the following as part of your submission: how you came across our agency, why you chose to submit your proposal to us, if you have shown this to other agents and/or publishers, where these submissions stand, and what reactions, if any, you have received. Very important: if you are about to make a decision regarding representation for your project, please give us a heads up so we have a chance to give you our reaction. FORMATTING: ​ Please upload all files as Word documents. Your material should be double spaced throughout with readable 12 point font. ​ Please use the following format to name all file documents: Last name_title_what you're submitting (i.e. proposal, sample) ​