Howard Morhaim

After several years as a line editor, book doctor and acquisitions editor at different New York publishing houses, Howard Morhaim established a literary agency in 1979. Because of his editing background, he quickly developed a reputation as an agent who works very closely with his clients, giving detailed manuscript feedback and proposal development. At the same time, the agency also became known for representing the best of writers working in a very wide range of fiction and nonfiction. We represent writers working at the top of their respective fields, and a more eclectic list would be hard to find.

Owing to a very full plate, Howard Morhaim is not accepting unsolicited submissions, but only submissions that come as recommendations from colleagues or clients.

Kate McKean


Kate McKean is Vice-President and Literary Agent at HMLA, where she has been an agent for over 8 years. She earned her masters in fiction writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and began her publishing career at the University Press of Florida.

Her interests lie in:

Fiction, for adults: Contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, science fiction.

And for children/teens: Middle grade, young adult in the areas of mystery, thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

Non-Fiction, for adults or children/teens: Books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft (sewing, knitting, etc.). Narrative Non-fiction by authors with or without an established platform. Some memoir.

She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books.

Paul Lamb

Paul Lamb is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and was a recipient of a POSSE Scholarship. Paul joins the agency after nearly a decade in Marketing at both Penguin and Random House, with various imprints. Owing to his professional experience in trade publishing, Paul has a strong sense of publishers’ needs, and a unique insight into the representation of authors.

His tastes lie strongly with nonfiction in a wide variety of genres and subjects, notably business, political science, sociology, memoir, travel writing, sports, pop culture, and music. He is also interested in select literary fiction.

Maria Ribas

Maria Ribas graduated with English Honors from the University of Richmond. She began her editorial career at Atria at Simon and Schuster, then moved to Harlequin Nonfiction and Adams Media, where she was an associate editor before joining the agency. As a former editor, she has a keen sense of what editors are really looking for, and she has years of experience building relationships with authors. She has always specialized in practical nonfiction and has a firm grasp of how to assess an author's platform--and how to help authors build that platform.

She's interested in cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, home, parenting, and humor, all from authors with demonstrable platforms. She's also interested in narrative nonfiction and select memoir, but she's looking for a story that is absolutely unputdownable. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in Italian and will be working with select foreign authors.


United Kingdom

Abner Stein, Ltd.
10 Roland Gardens
London SW7 3PH

Spain & Portugal

RDC Agencia Literaria
Fernando VI, 13-15, 3° Dcha.
28004 Madrid

All Other Countries

Baror International
P.O. Box 868
Armonk, NY 10504

Film & Television

Michael Prevett
Rain Management Group
1631 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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