The Laura Gross Literary Agency represents award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and non-fiction as well as first-time writers. Our small list ensures that each client receives significant personal attention, editorial advice, and guidance throughout the publishing process. We work directly with UK publishers and are represented worldwide by co-agents. We handle all electronic and licensing rights, including film and television, where we work with major studios as well as independent production companies.
About The Agency
Born and raised in London, I worked for a prominent literary agent, as well as for three Members of Parliament (allowing me a fascinating view of the British government’s innards before security was tight) before heading to the East Coast for college. With a B.A. in Comparative Literature, I began working in New York publishing as an assistant at two leading New York literary agencies, then I moved on to become the youngest editor at one of New York’s oldest publishing houses. I have now been a literary agent for decades and am extremely lucky to love what I do. I’m also fortunate that I represent a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction writers. These days, I am particularly interested in politics, current affairs, and espionage from a broad range of voices and perspectives.
I grew up outside of Seattle and graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. I began my publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth). My editorial work can be seen at The Millions and Pangyrus. I also worked as an indie bookseller for several years. I am looking to amplify underrepresented stories and voices, and am especially interested in both fiction and narrative nonfiction with a timely, distinctive story and a diverse cast of characters. To read more, please visit my Manuscript Wishlist.
A Boston-area native, I studied the anthropology of religion before turning to publishing. I began my editorial career with two magazines at Harvard University and later as an assistant at LGLA. I have several years of experience as a freelance editor for academic and trade publishers, and have also worked as an indie bookseller and film producer. I now spend much of my time as a freelance Spanish-to-English translator. My translations can be found in Two Lines, Strange Horizons, Latin American Literature Today, and the Massachusetts Review. As an affiliate agent, I focus on bringing translated literature into Anglophone markets.
ASSOCIATE AT LARGE
Ben Williams is a writer and the publisher of The Johannesburg Review of Books. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.