About Us

East/West Literary Agency, Inc. is a boutique agency dedicated to hands-on, personalized service and attention to our authors and illustrators, their unique voices and content, and careers. Our goal is to find the best publisher/editor “match” for their work, to ensure optimum opportunities as they create books that are both windows and mirrors for today’s young readers. Connections are a key. Through our regular trips to New York, presence at industry conventions and on faculty at writing conferences, our active Twitter account @EastWestLit, and via our monthly newsletter, we continually strive to highlight both debut and long-standing clients and keep our “ear to the ground” in this ever-changing industry.

E/W was founded in 2000 by Deborah Warren, and as a former VP/Director of Sales at Harcourt, she has a strong background in sales and marketing. She’s a strategist, incorporating long-term goals to help E/W clients not only grow a career, but to flourish within that career. With over 35 years’ of experience in the publishing industry and over 20 years at the helm of the Agency, Deborah not only represents authors and illustrators of picture books, but she also represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established–in the board book, concept, novelty, #ownvoices, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

As such, E/W represents a wide range of #1 NYT, #1 PW, IndieBound, USA Today, WSJ, and Amazon best-selling and best-illustrated books, Newbery, Sibert, Stonewall and Geisel medalists, as well as Andre Norton, Gelett Burgess, Children’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, Prism, Audie, Green Earth and Crystal Kite award-winners and nominees.

We invite you to check Publishers Marketplace for information about our recent deals. Our Foreign Rights partner, Whitney Lee, of The Fielding Agency, aggressively pursues UK and translation rights in all the major Territories for our clients. Our Hollywood partners, co-agents in the entertainment industry, sell and/or license film, television, stage, and merchandising rights for our clients.

E/W is committed to the business of selling. The agency’s comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the Children’s book market and relationships with top publishers and editors—both East coast and West and around the world–are a key asset to this sales process; as such, E/W puts enormous energy into understanding the capabilities, requirements and strengths of all factions and players in the market. Understanding the in-depth process of acquisitions, sales, and marketing helps the team attain the stated goals for each of the agency’s clients: to close the best possible deal with the best possible editor at the best possible publishing house. Negotiating “the deal” is simply the short-term goal, however. The most successful publishing plan incorporates the essential sales and marketing processes that help create market share, author/illustrator visibility, recognition, and off-the-floor sales. Ms. Warren and her colleagues are strategists, incorporating long-term goals for the agency’s client partners also. East/West Literary Agency, aiming at all times to maximize sales, offers invaluable resources to help our clients not only grow a career, but to flourish within that career.