Literary Agent Spotlight: Deborah Ritchken of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Although Deborah is not a new literary agent, this post is similar to a New Agent Alert because Deborah reached out to me in an effort to get more submissions. That brings us to this call-out. Read on below to see if she is a good fit for your query. Good luck!




About Deborah: Deborah Ritchken of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency has a broad based knowledge of the book world. After college she managed a chain of bookstores in the Midwest; learned editing and production with a small LA-based publishing house, and had positions as a marketing manager at both Prentice-Hall and Harcourt Brace. Deborah was previously with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and the Castiglia Literary Agency. Find her on Twitter.

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She is seeking: Deborah is currently looking for nonfiction projects in the areas of food and design, pop culture, women’s issues, biography, memoir and current events. Her niche interest is projects about France, including fiction.

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A few of her current projects are Le French Oven and Les Desserts by food and travel journalist Hillary Davis (Gibbs Smith); Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist and his Kitchen Garden at Giverny by Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell; Portable Feast by cookbook author and former Bon Appetit Contributing Editor Jeanne Kelley (Rizzoli); My Paris Market Cookbook by Emily Dilling; This Victorian Life by Sarah Chrisman; Ernesto: Hemingway’s Life in Cuba by literary scholar Andrew Feldman (Melville House).

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How to contact: Please send a query letter by email only — deborah [at] Put the word “Query” in the email subject line along with your title. No attachments.


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One thought on “Literary Agent Spotlight: Deborah Ritchken of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

  1. ColderKace

    I published a book on Amazon, and people keep asking me for physical copies. It’s non-fiction and has to do with the stigma of mental illness.

    Now I’m just searching for literary agents to make this happen.

    Thank you very much,

    Kace Colder


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