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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


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