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Agent Spotlight: Erica Rand Silverman

This week's Agent Spotlight features Erica Rand Silverman of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

Status: Open to submissions.

Erica Silverman - 2 - EDIT CROPAbout: “Erica joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2008 and specializes in representing authors and illustrators of children’s literature, picture books through YA, and adult nonfiction mostly about DIY, children, parenting and education. Her clients include Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning, Celeste Conway, Rachelle Doorley of TinkerLab, Eric Kahn Gale, Todd Goldman aka Todd H Doodler, C.J. Hill, Cathy James of NurtureStore, Andrea Pyros, Caldecott winner Peter Spier, writing team Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, and children’s entertainers such as David Weinstone of Music for Aardvarks. She also works on the management team of various literary estates, including The Lydia Freeman Foundation (Corduroy). Erica received her degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Master of Arts in Theater degree from Hunter College. Before beginning a career in publishing, she was a teacher and dean in a NYC public high school.” (Link)

About the Agency:

“Sterling Lord Literistic is defined by its rich heritage as well as the energy and commitment of agents who are passionate about the writers they represent. One of the most dynamic independent agencies in New York, Sterling Lord Literistic combines a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list unparalleled in the industry. We represent a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and noted writers in children’s literature. The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the agency.

“Sterling Lord Literistic has deep roots in the world of publishing. In 1952, Sterling Lord founded his distinguished agency and counted such literary icons as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson established his firm Literistic in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving. In 1987, the two joined forces creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today. With its sustained presence and impeccable reputation in the publishing industry, as well as its innovative approach to capitalizing on trends in today’s marketplace, Sterling Lord Literistic is equipped to represent every aspect of an author’s professional life. Our offices are located in the landmark Louis Sullivan Building on Bleecker Street in New York City.” (Link)

Web Presence:

Sterling Lord Literistic website.

Twitter @ericarsilverman

Instagram @ericarsilverman.



What She's Looking For:

Genres / Specialties:

Children’s picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, illustrators; non-fiction about DIY, children, parenting, and education.

Via E-Mail (11/2013):

“Thoughtful stories with emotional resonance. I’d love something that is quirky and joyful.”

From an Interview (07/2012):

“A good mystery novel. Conspiracy theories. I’d like to find an author/artist who is writing middle grade or YA and interspersing text and image.” (Link)

“I have been working with some amazing bloggers. For example, check out two projects—Mariah Bruehl’s Playful Learning and Rachelle Dooreley’s Tinkerlab. I would love to work on more projects like these—parents, educators, artists, chefs, professors who are already out there sharing their experiences, ideas, suggestions.

“I also receive a lot of adult submissions that explore issues in education and parenting, for example, and I’m always excited to consider them. Right now I am working on an adult nonfiction education book about the stress of school on very young children.” (Link)

What She Isn't Looking For:

Screenplays, adult fiction.

Editorial Agent?

“Very, though I prefer not to have to be. There are projects I work on for months, even a year before submission.” (Link)


Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, Mariah Bruehl, Celeste Conway, Rachelle Doorley, Lydia Freeman Foundation (Corduroy), Eric Kahn Gale, Todd H Doodler, C.J. Hill, Cathy James, Andrea Pyros, Peter Spier, David Weinstone, among others.

Query Methods:

E-mail: No.

Snail-Mail: Yes (only).

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

“Please submit a query letter, a synopsis of the work, a brief proposal or the first three chapters of the manuscript, a brief bio or resume, and a stamped self-addressed envelope for reply. Original artwork is not accepted. Enclose sufficient postage if you wish to have your materials returned to you.

“We do not respond to unsolicited e-mail inquiries.”

See the Sterling Lord Literistic website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.  

Response Times:

Stats available on the web show a response range of 1-3 months for most queries and requests.

What's the Buzz?

Erica Rand Silverman has been with the highly respected Sterling Lord Literistic since 2008 and manages a small but successful list. She is looking for authors and illustrators of children’s fiction and non-fiction and is particularly interested in finding brilliant, new YA talent. I recommend following her on Twitter and Instagram @ericarsilverman.

Worth Your Time:


Literary Agent Interview: Erica Rand Silverman of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. at Guide to Literary Agents (07/2012).

Around the Web:

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. at Preditors and Editors ($, Recommended).

Sterling Lord Literistic thread at AbsoluteWrite.

What Make a Children’s Book Great? We Have Some Answers at Publishing Perspectives (06.01.2012)

Off the Shelf by Erica Rand Silverman at Whatcha Reading Now? Issue 16. 

How to Navigate a Changing Business? Children's Agents Shed Some Light at PW (02/2012).

About Erica Rand Silverman at wellroundedny


Please see the Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. website for additional contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 11/7/13.

Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/7/13.


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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. This is such a great interview!

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  3. Thanks Natalie for the amazing spotlight. Though Erica sounds a good fit for me, unfortunately snail submissions are a bit of a problem. Wish they accepted email submissions

  4. Good to know. I created an agent file, so I'm bookmarking this.