Lukeman Literary Management Ltd


About the Agency


         Lukeman Literary Management Ltd is a New York based literary agency.  Since our inception in 1996 we have been responsible for securing over 200 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers, including Random House, Ballantine, Knopf, Crown, Bantam Dell, Doubleday Broadway, Simon & Schuster, The Free Press, Atria/Pocket Books, Fireside, Warner Books, HarperCollins, Morrow/Avon, Regan Books, Viking, Penguin, Putnam, Perigee, Berkley, Dutton, NAL, St. Martins Press, WW Norton, Hyperion, Houghton Mifflin, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Harcourt Brace, Algonquin, Grove Atlantic, Henry Holt and Bloomsbury, among others.  We have additionally represented multiple book deals overseas, serializations in magazines and options to film.  We have represented a broad range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.  For foreign sales we work in conjunction with sub-agents in nearly every book-buying country in the world.  For film and TV sales, we work in conjunction with sub-agents at most of the major talent agencies.
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Noah Lukeman, President

Noah Lukeman is President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd, which he founded in 1996. His clients include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award, Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award, finalists for the National Book Award, Edgar Award, and Pacific Rim prize, multiple New York Times bestsellers, national journalists, major celebrities, and faculty of universities ranging from Harvard to Stanford. He has also worked in the New York office of a multi-talent management company, where he represented many New York Times Bestsellers, and, prior to founding his agency, he also worked for another New York literary agency. Prior to becoming an agent he worked in the editorial departments of several publishers, including William Morrow, Delphinium Books and Farrar, Straus, Giroux, and as editor of a literary magazine. He was creator of, one of the first publishing rights websites, which eventually became the "Booktracker" division of As a literary agent, he has been written up in media ranging from The New York Times to Variety (Page 1).
         Mr. Lukeman is also an accomplished author. His best-selling The First Five Pages: A Writerís Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 1999), was a selection of many of Writerís Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers and is now part of the curriculum in many universities. His The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life (St. Martins Press, 2002) was a National Bestseller, a BookSense 76 Selection, a Publishers Weekly Daily pick, a selection of the Writers Digest Book Club, and a selection of many of Writerís Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. His A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation (W.W. Norton, 2006 and Oxford University Press in the UK, 2007) was critically-acclaimed, a selection of the Writers Digest Book Club and the Forbes Book Club, was profiled on NPR, and is now part of the curriculum in over 50 universities and writing programs. As a way of giving back to the writing community, Mr. Lukeman gives away for free two of his books: How to Write a Great Query Letter, which was the #1 Bestselling title on Amazon Shorts for many months, and How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent. He has also made available over 100 pages of free advice for authors from all his books, which you can read by clicking here. He also maintains a blog, Ask a Literary Agent, where he gives away 200 pages of free information.
              Mr. Lukeman's Op-Eds have appeared in the Sunday New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News, and he has contributed articles about the publishing industry and the craft of writing to several magazines, including Poets & Writers, Writers Digest, The Writer, the AWP Chronicle and the Writers Market, and has been anthologized in The Practical Writer (Viking, 2004). To read more about Mr. Lukeman's work as an author, visit his personal site,
            Noah Lukeman has been a guest speaker on the subjects of writing and publishing in numerous forums, including Harvard University, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, the graduate writing program at Stanford University, the graduate playwrighting division of the Juilliard School, The Hotchkiss School, the Writers Digest Panel at Book Expo America, the MFA at Northern Michigan University, the National Society of Newspaper Columnistís annual Boston conference, George Mason's Fall for the Book Festival in Washington, D.C., writing conferences in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, San Diego, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and in Rikerís Island Penitentiary. He earned his B.A. with High Honors in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University, cum laude. Noah also serves on the board of the BedStuy Campaign Against Hunger.
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