Terra Chalberg and Rachel Sussman have been friends and colleagues since they met in 2001 in the editorial department of Scribner, where they each developed a discerning eye for quality, keen editorial instincts, and an unwavering commitment to the power of the written word. In 2011, with over ten years of agenting experience between them, Terra and Rachel joined forces to create a dynamic literary agency representing a broad range of adult trade fiction and nonfiction authors in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, personal growth, lifestyle, humor, and pop culture. Since then, the agency has expanded into children’s and young adult trade fiction and nonfiction, as well as other forms of media.
Terra and Rachel like to think of their partnership as symbolized by the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang—opposing but complementary. This rare harmony and balance generates unparalleled support rooted in passionate author advocacy, deep knowledge of all aspects of the publishing business—including international, audio, and film/television rights—and the agility and creativity necessary in an ever-evolving publishing climate.
Chalberg & Sussman’s list includes New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestsellers; Amazon, Washington Post, and New York Times “Best Books of the Year”; and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Book of the Month Club, Target Emerging Authors, and Indie Next List selections. Our titles have been translated into over 30 languages throughout the world and optioned for film and television by high profile producers and major studios and networks, including Sony Tristar, Lionsgate, A&E, 20th Century Fox, and HBO.
Our authors have received the Flannery O’Connor Award, the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, The Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult Fiction, the Rona Jaffe Award, the Edmund White Award, the California Book Award, the O. Henry Prize, and the Goodreads Choice Award, and have been finalists or nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Image Award, PEN USA Awards, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award.
Whether working with debut novelists, branded authors, journalists, pop culture sensations, illustrators, or experts in their field, we are committed to a lasting, adaptive business model that will grow the agency and its authors well into the future.