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Elizabeth Sheinkman’s background means that she is an agent with a good understanding of both the American and British publishing industry.  She began her career in the 1990s in the editorial departments of Oxford University Press and Alfred A. Knopf, and later became an agent at the Elaine Markson Agency in New York, where she subsequently made Partner and Director.  In 2004, she set up Elaine Markson’s UK literary department.  From there she moved to a role as a senior agent and director at Curtis Brown, before joining WME London in 2012. 

WME’s London website previously published a small sample of Sheinkman’s client names which gives a flavour of the genres she is willing to represent. Note that since William Morris joined with Endeavour, there is very limited information specifically on the literary agents, though recent news does suggest that Elizabeth is still an active agent there.

  • Commercial and literary fiction across different genres including dystopian fiction (Marcel Theroux); women’s fiction with a humorous angle; and thrillers (Adam Le Bor’s ‘Yael Azoulay geo-political spy series)Some biography (subjects include Richard Branson and Phil Spector)
  • Some biography (subjects include Richard Branson and Phil Spector)A range of non-fiction home and lifestyle books, with a particular focus on food and diet (Clients include Michelin Starred Chef, Tom Aitkens; Celebrity Nutritionist, Amelia Freer; and Vogue contributor and lifestyle guru, Calgary Avansino)
  • A range of non-fiction home and lifestyle books, with a particular focus on food and diet (Clients include Michelin Starred Chef, Tom Aitkens; Celebrity Nutritionist, Amelia Freer; and Vogue contributor and lifestyle guru, Calgary Avansino)Graphic novels (New Yorker Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto)
  • Graphic novels (New Yorker Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto)
  • Investigative journalism and 20th and 21st century political history
  • Photography (Journalist Sean O’Hagan, the Guardian and Observer’s Art and Design critic)
  • She has a particular interest in literary fiction with an international flavour

Elizabeth doesn’t tweet and hasn’t got much of an online presence.  However, she is very well connected in the literary world and she appeared as a new entry on the London Evening Standard’s ‘London's 1000 most influential people 2012: Creatives, Authors, publishers & agents’.  Given her experience, we think it is unlikely that she is actively building her list but high quality submissions in the areas suggested above are likely to be of interest.



Detailed data

Agency:
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Elizabeth worked within the editorial departments of Oxford University Press and Alfred A. Knopf before joining the Elaine Markson Agency in New York in 1996. In 2004 she moved to London to set up their UK office as Partner and Director of the company. She joined Curtis Brown six years ago as a senior agent and director. In 2012 she moved to WME where she represents a broad range of award-winning and best-selling authors on both sides of the Atlantic, including Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole), Marcel Theroux (Far North), Frances Osborne (The Bolter), Eva Rice (The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets), Melanie Gideon (Wife 22), Rupert Isaacson (The Horse Boy), New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto, and UK journalists Adam LeBor, Mick Brown and Sean O'Hagan as well as several high profile authors in the food and lifestyle genre, including Michelin-starred chef, Tom Aikens, nutritionist Amelia Freer, and wellness expert Calgary Avansino.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Elizabeth has represented a broad range of award-winning and best-selling authors on both sides of the Atlantic, including Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole), Marcel Theroux (Far North), Kim Edwards (The Memory Keeper's Daughter), Elif Shafak (Honour), Melanie Gideon (Wife 22), Tim Butcher (Blood River), Rupert Isaacson (The Horse Boy), New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto, and UK journalists Adam LeBor, Mick Brown, Sean O' Hagan and Hephzibah Anderson.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/unforgettable-literary-debut-snapped-scribner-and-knopf-507546
Clients:
Miral El Tahawy, Hephzibah Anderson, Noga Arikha, Marcello Simonetta, Tracey Blake, Mick Brown, Brock Clarke, John Dickerson, Jennifer Cody Epstein, Jim Frederick, Helen Brown Gentry, Melanie Gideon, Justine Hardy, James Harkin, Joanna Hershon, Allegra Huston, Rupert Isaacson, Erica Jong, Jane Kotapish, Adam Le Bor, Rachel Lloyd, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Gerald Martin, MEDIABISTRO.COM, Cole Moreton, Philip Mould, Mira Nair, Kristin Neff, Jose Luis Peixoto, Kalyan Ray, Katherine Taylor, Marcel Theroux, Steve Toltz, Lucy Wood, Alice Hoffman, Kim Edwards
Full client list:
No Data
Email address:
esheinkman_asst@wmeentertainment.com

Agents of: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Agency details

Website:
http://wmeentertainment.com/
About the agency:
WME is a worldwide talent and literary agency with offices in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and Miami. Our Literary Department boasts a talented client list of bestselling and award-winning authors in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, among them winners of such awards as the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Edgar Award, the Giller Prize, the National Medal of Literature and more. Our London team is led by Simon Trewin, and by the end of 2012 we will represent more than 100 British authors, many of whom dominate UK bestseller lists. In the US, the department headed by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Suzanne Gluck and Eric Simonoff continues to have the largest presence of any literary agency on the New York Times Best Seller List. The WME Literary Department is the largest single provider of authors to the major US publishing houses. Headed by Tracy Fisher, our dedicated Foreign Rights department consists of eight people working across the London and New York offices. In 2011 they completed over 1000 foreign language deals for our clients. The LA Book Department is led by Alicia Gordon, and she and her team successfully transition an extraordinary number of clients from print to film and television each year.
Address for submissions:
Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Office address:
No data
Email address:
SCT@wmeentertainment.com
Phone number:
020 7534 6800
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
This agency represents established talent across books, speaking engagements, film/television, and more.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
46/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, Miami and Shanghai.
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@wmefoundation
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
WME is a worldwide talent and literary agency with offices in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and Miami. Our Literary Department boasts a talented client list of bestselling and award-winning authors in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, among them winners of such awards as the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Edgar Award, the Giller Prize, the National Medal of Literature and more. Our London team is led by Simon Trewin, and by the end of 2012 we will represent more than 100 British authors, many of whom dominate UK bestseller lists. In the US, the department headed by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Suzanne Gluck and Eric Simonoff continues to have the largest presence of any literary agency on the New York Times Best Seller List. The WME Literary Department is the largest single provider of authors to the major US publishing houses. Headed by Tracy Fisher, our dedicated Foreign Rights department consists of eight people working across the London and New York offices. In 2011 they completed over 1000 foreign language deals for our clients. The LA Book Department is led by Alicia Gordon, and she and her team successfully transition an extraordinary number of clients from print to film and television each year.

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