15 Minute One-On-One Session with literary agent Ryan Harbage
Ryan founded The Fischer-Harbage Agency in January, 2007 and has placed books for six #1 New York Times bestselling authors. Ryan’s clients include Miranda Esmonde-White, author of the New York Times bestseller Aging Backwards and host of public television’s #1 fitness show, “Classical Stretch,”; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Halsey, author of the New York Times bestselling poetry collection I Would Leave Me If I Could; Sunny Hostin, co-host of “The View” and bestselling author; iconic musician and New York Times bestselling author Robbie Robertson; New York Times bestselling memoirist and animal communications pioneer Christina Hunger; MSNBC anchor and author of The Likeability Trap Alicia Menendez; New York Times bestselling memoirist and producer Janet Mock; American Booksellers Association “Book of the Year” winner and New York Times bestselling novelist J. Ryan Stradal; He represented Gérard de Villiers until the author passed away–his S.A.S. series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide. Books represented by the agency have received many accolades, among them: the American Bookseller’s Association Indies Choice Book of the Year Award, American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, Nautilus Book Award, The Palmer Prize, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, Women’s Way Book Prize; and finalists for the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Thurber Prize, Books for a Better Life Award, Goodreads Best Books of the Year, Lamda Award, Langum Prize in Historical Fiction, and The National Book Award (fiction).
He was an editor at Simon & Schuster where he helped create and launch a new imprint, now Gallery Books. He also worked as an editor for Little, Brown & Company as well as Penguin Random House (where he edited books for Plume, Dutton, and Viking). He acquired and edited the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, which informed the movie Spotlight, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as Peter Singer’s New York Times bestseller The President of Good & Evil: Questioning the Ethics of George W. Bush. He has also worked with numerous other bestselling authors, including Farah Ahmedi, Michael Connelly, Matthew Diffee, John Feinstein, Malcolm Gladwell, Brad Listi, and Danny Wallace.
For twelve years, Ryan taught courses on writing book proposals and fiction at The New School University’s MFA Program, Pratt Institute, and Mediabistro. He addresses writers regularly at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, New York University’s MFA program, the New School’s MFA program, and has spoken at many other venues including the Columbia Publishing Course, Aspen Summer Words, Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, The Colgate Writers’ Conference, Miami Writers Institute, The New Orleans Writers Conference, and The Writers’ League of Texas, among others. He has been quoted on writing and publishing in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly and on “Good Morning America,” among other outlets. Ryan is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, The Radcliffe Publishing Course, and the Master of Fine Arts program in writing and literature at Bennington College. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Learn more about Ryan at fischerharbage.com