Saturday, August 7, 2021

Fourteen agents at Sterling Lord taking new clients, including two new associate agents

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
represented by Sterling Lord

Sterling Lord Literistic

115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

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The Sterling Lord Agency was founded in 1952 and counted Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson founded his firm, Literistic, in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as John Irving and Dee Brown. In 1987, the two agencies joined forces to create Sterling Lord Literistic. The agency now has 14 agents accepting submissions, including two associate agents, Chris Combemale and Nell Pierce. Like all new agents, they particularly need authors:

Chris Combemale joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2019 and works with Chairman Peter Matson and Senior Agent Robert Guinsler. 

Chris is looking for a broad range of literary fiction and commercial fiction with an unexpected hook, from psychological suspense to speculative and fantasy.

In nonfiction he is interested in memoir, essay, and expert-driven projects across subject areas with special attention to technology, food, pop-science, economics, and any book that asks big questions about forces of change.

As a Singaporean/French/American born and raised in London, Chris is drawn to international voices and writers in translation. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and now lives in Brooklyn.

Query Chris through the agency’s submission page here.

Nell Pierce joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2016 and works with President Philippa Brophy and Senior Editor Jim Rutman. 

Nell is looking for literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, character-driven young adult novels, and books about language and linguistics.

Originally from Australia, Nell holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and an MFA in Fiction from The New School in New York.

Query Nell through the agency’s submission page here.

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to Get Published workshop Saturday, Aug 14, with literary agent Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary (see here).

Anne Shone

If you’re especially interested in writing for children or for young adults, don’t miss out Kid Lit workshop, Saturday, Oct 2, with guest Anne Shone, executive editor, Scholastic Books (see here). 

Beyond that, Brian Henry’s schedule continues to take shape...


In-Person: How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, Aug 21.  Details here.

September ~ Weekly classes 

Online: Welcome to Creative Writing, 10 weeks of discovering your creative side, Tuesday afternoons, Sept 28 – Dec 7, 2021 {no class Oct 26}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, 9 weeks of creativity and companionship, Monday afternoons, Sept 27 – Dec 13 {no class Oct 11 or Oct 26}. Details here.

In-Person: Writing Personal Stories, 9 weeks of creativity and companionship, Wednesday evenings, Sept 29 – Nov 24, in Burlington. Details here.

Online: Intensive Creative Writing, a challenging course to help you grow as a writer.
Offered online at 3 different times: 
Tuesday evenings, Sept 14 – Dec 7, 2021 {no class Oct 26} – still lots of room in this session  
Thursday afternoons, Sept 23 – Dec 16, 2021 {no class Oct 21}
Friday mornings, Sept 17 – Dec 10, 2021 {no class Oct 22}. Details here.

          Details of all upcoming classes here.

The Briars Resort and Spa on Lake Simcoe

Writing retreats:

Lake Joseph in Muskoka: Sherwood Inn Writing Retreat: this elegant little resort in the heart of the Muskoka’s will be the site for our fall retreat. Friday, Oct 22 – Monday, Oct 25.  Details here. Note: This retreat is now full. Next fall, we’ll offer two retreats at Sherwood to accommodate everyone. 

In the meanwhile, we’re planning a winter retreat at The Briars on Lake Simcoe and a spring retreat at Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park, May 27 – May 30, 2022. See details or our 2020 retreat at the Briars here and or the 2020 Arowhon retreat here. If you’re interested in either of these upcoming retreats, email
But note, we’ll give first dibs to the people who weren’t able to get into the Sherwood Retreat.

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