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After graduating from Colgate University Andrea Barzvi went on to study law at Cardozo Law School where her passion for the entertainment industry began to deepen. When forced with a game-time decision to choose between pursuing a career as a criminal defense attorney or becoming an agent, she smartly chose the latter. Born and raised in New York City, her first job in publishing was as an agent at ICM Partners where she stayed for 14 years before starting her own agency in November 2013, which she aptly named Empire Literary given her strong roots to the city as well as her successful track record of helping her authors build their empires. With over 30 New York Times bestsellers on her list, she continues to secure major deals on behalf of her authors. Some of the projects she’s represented are New York Times Bestsellers He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the This Man trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas, Body Reset Diet by Harley Pasternak, Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels, G-Free Diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Fortytude by Sarah Brokaw, The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, The Hunger Fix by Dr. Pam Peeke, Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me by Howie Mandel as well as Ilana Wiles, the creator of the Mommy Shorts blog, Lexi Kornblum of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and Jen Widerstrom, the co-host of The Biggest Loser among many others.

Andrea represents projects that look to make a difference in people’s lives and is always looking for fresh new voices as well established authors. abarzvi@empireliterary.com


UnknownCarrie Howland joined Empire Literary after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade authors. Carrie’s background is in poetry, so beautiful language is one of the first things she looks for in any project. Also important are a strong voice and great story, which she’s looking for across genres. Her list of remarkably talented clients includes Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), and Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows).

Carrie is a member of the AAR and writes for its newsletter, as well as SCBWI. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue and with deployed military men and women through an organization called Soldiers’ Angels. She is an active volunteer and member of the New York Junior League, through which she teaches a third grade art class once a week, as well as a member of the executive board of the New York City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma. You can follow Carrie on twitter at @ecarriehowland or visit www.ecarriehowland.com for more information, including conference appearances. carrie@empireliterary.com


An industry veteran with 20 years of experience, Kathleen Schmidt was most recently Associate Publisher of Rodale Books where she helped develop the Rodale Books publishing program, as well as new products and initiatives with current and prospective authors and brands, including The New York Times bestsellers Run Fast. Eat Slow., Thug Kitchen 101, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, and Hustle.

Prior to joining Rodale, Schmidt was VP of Marketing and Publicity at Running Press, Weinstein Books and Atria working on such projects as #1 New York Times bestsellers You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Finding Me by Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie she was also part of the team who launched the international bestseller The Secret, and worked with bestselling authors Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

Schmidt has also led her own PR & Marketing firm, KMSPR, where her clients included New York Times bestselling author Buzz Bissinger, former WNBA player Chamiques Holdsclaw, and writers J. Courtney Sullivan, Alissa Nutting, and Dawn Tripp among others.

Kathleen is looking to acquire narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, health and wellness, lifestyle, and select women’s fiction. @bookgirl96 or Kathleen@empireliterary.com


penny-moorePenny Moore has always had a love of books, especially young adult and middle grade. While completing degrees in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature at the University of Georgia, she spent time studying comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. She then worked as a middle school TESOL teacher, which is where she solidified her passion for publishing and kids lit in particular. Penny joined Empire in 2016 as an agent after working at FinePrint Literary and while she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines. Penny@empireliterary.com Twitter: @precociouspenny


Sandy Hodgman is Empire’s Director of Foreign Rights and has worked in publishing for almost two decades before launching her own international rights agency in 2015.  She is dedicated to finding each author the best publishers around the world, ensuring a truly global publishing career. She has worked with authors including Madeleine Albright, Ree Drummond, Mireille Guiliano, Gregory Maguire, Rafael Nadal, Ruth Reichl, Jeremy Rifkin, Ilana Wiles (aka Mommy Shorts), Jen Widerstrom among many others. Sandy is a fixture at the London Book Fair, BookExpo America, and the Frankfurt Book Fair and travels overseas to maintain relationships and promote her titles throughout the year. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). Sandy@hodgmanliterary.com