Gillian MacKenzie | Partner
Gillian MacKenzie has spent her career creating—and helping others create—products and books for the marketplace. From 2005 until merging with Wolf Literary Services to form MacKenzie Wolf in 2018, she ran the Gillian MacKenzie Agency, offering management to writers and illustrators of nonfiction, fiction, and children's books. Before starting her agency in 2005, she was Vice President of Jane Startz Productions, where she spent over eight years scouting, optioning, and developing books into feature films with major studios. She also co-founded the children's retail store concept Ridemakerz, and served on its Board of Managers. Prior to that, she was a product developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gillian began her career at the literary agency Curtis Brown, Ltd. Additionally, she was a five-year term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Committed to working on books that challenge, enlighten, and entertain, Gillian works with a broad array of experts, journalists, academics, and visionaries on nonfiction of a broad stripe, in the arenas of science, memoir, technology, business, sports, culture, and current affairs, among others. She is particularly drawn to cross-disciplinary explorations, narrative nonfiction, and big-idea books that offer us a new lens onto the world. Also passionate about illustrated books, Gillian represents a select group of award-winning illustrators and designers.
Kirsten Wolf, Esq. | Partner
Kirsten Wolf is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University School of Law. A native of Boston, MA, Kirsten relocated to New York in 2003 and began her career in publishing. After several years as an assistant, associate agent, and contracts manager, Kirsten founded Wolf Literary Services, a literary agency and consulting company, in 2008. As Wolf Literary has grown over a decade in business, Kirsten has become a trusted and invaluable resource for numerous companies throughout the industry.
Kirsten now brings that wealth of experience to MacKenzie Wolf, as the head of the consulting division and the legal and financial guru of the team. Currently dedicating her time to consulting for media agencies, publishers, and independent artists, Kirsten prides herself on guiding her clients through the confusing, confrontational, and sometimes downright dull parts of the media world in the most painless way possible, while always making sure that the client is assured their interests are being safely looked after.
Kirsten is not currently accepting submissions.
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Kate Johnson represents authors in both the US and the UK. Kate was previously an agent and Vice President at Georges Borchardt, Inc. She has edited and reported at StoryQuarterly, Bookslut.com, New York magazine, and elsewhere, and graduated from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Her authors have won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Whiting Award, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize for Fiction, National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, Whitbread Award, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the PEN Open Book Award. Kate regularly visits literary festivals, courses, and events, and was the 2018 chair of the judging panel for the Bristol Short Story Prize.
Kate represents literary and upmarket / book club fiction as well as a range of narrative nonfiction, with interest in food, running, feminism, obsessives, unconventional families, social history, art, travel and international stories, mental health, medicine, and the environment. She loves working with journalists. Across all her projects, she looks for authentic voices and books that uncover something off-kilter in the everyday, or conversely something relatable in the extraordinary. Kate handles contemporary, realistic YA on occasion.
Please don’t query Kate with: middle-grade, picture books, fantasy, sci-fi, erotic fiction, or legal/courtroom dramas.
Rach Crawford is a literary agent, film rights manager, and foreign rights co-manager. She worked previously at Sterling Lord Literistic and at Fletcher and Company, where she sold translation rights. Her clients have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appeared in Best American Short Stories. Rach regularly speaks at conferences and universities in the US and Australia.
Rach is looking for literary and upmarket fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction. She’s interested in works that explore big ideas (social justice issues, socio-economic disparity and class struggle, migration, identity, climate change) through compelling storytelling.
In fiction, she loves voice-driven narratives that explore relationships between women and is especially drawn to unreliable or “unlikeable” female protagonists. Rach enjoys cli-fi and eco-fiction and many of her favorite books happen to feature scientists. In YA, Rach is particularly looking for high-concept YA with genre elements, horror, psychological suspense, and stories about online culture and feminism. For her nonfiction list, Rach is interested in nature writing, the environment, and queer and feminist pop culture. Rach is particularly seeking LGBTQI+ and own voices submissions across categories.
Please don’t query Rach with: spirituality, erotica, sports, political thrillers.
Leigh Eisenman is an experienced lawyer who has been practicing in New York since 2003. After ten years of practicing in the New York offices of several international law firms, Leigh shifted her focus to the publishing industry. Since then, she has handled publishing and publishing-adjacent agreements and matters on behalf of several agencies and law firms. From 2003 until 2014 she specialized in commercial, white collar, and securities litigation. Leigh received her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. She serves on the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). She is admitted to practice in New York.
As an agent, Leigh seeks submissions in the areas of literary and upmarket commercial fiction for adults, and is particularly drawn to: flawed protagonists she can’t help but fall in love with (Holden Caulfield was her first crush); stories that transport her through a really vivid, well-defined sense of place, and also those set in contemporary New York; explorations of relationships (including journeys of self-discovery); and of course, excellent writing. On the nonfiction side, Leigh is drawn to illustrated books of all stripes, including cookbooks (especially baking and—maybe conversely—healthy cooking), travel, health and wellness, pop culture, lifestyle, humor/gift, and select narrative nonfiction.
Please don't query Leigh with: sci-fi, fantasy, children's.
Elizabeth has been working in the publishing industry for over fifteen years. After attending Middlebury College where she majored in American Civilization, she completed the Columbia Publishing Course and discovered a passion for editing young adult and middle grade fiction. A ten year career at Disney/Hyperion followed, during which she worked with best-selling authors such as Melissa de la Cruz, Lisa Papademetriou, Melissa Kantor, and Kathryn Williams and helped bring box-office hits such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Enchanted, and Prince of Persia from big screen to the page. As a Senior Editor she worked with Miley Cyrus to develop her New York Times bestselling memoir, Miles to Go, and edited Jennifer Lopez's original series, Amigas. She was also responsible for developing a line of original fiction based on the worlds of Prince of Persia and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Elizabeth also writes her own children's books, including her original novel, Tweet Heart, as well as bestselling novelizations based on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Maleficent, Frankenweenie, and Frozen. To keep her finger on the pulse of the middle-grade reader, she has spent three years working as a 6th grade teacher, while continuing her writing and freelance editing. Her interests primarily lie with middle-grade and young adult fiction of all types—from realistic fiction to fantasy (with a special soft spot for horse- and dragon-related titles). In addition to building her client list, she is focusing on packaging efforts, pairing high-concept ideas and story-lines with strong writers.
Renée joined Mackenzie Wolf in 2018, assisting partners Gillian MacKenzie and Kirsten Wolf. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She previously interned at Don Congdon Associates and currently is a writing teacher at the non-profit organization Legal Outreach. As a lifelong fan of speculative fiction, Renée's reading interests include science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. She also enjoys socially conscious literary fiction, compelling YA, and almost anything about linguistics.
Renée is not currently accepting queries.