About Us

Karen Gantz

Literary Agent / Attorney at Law / Speakers Bureau





Contact Information

E-mail address: karen@karengantzlit.com

Office phone: (212) 734-3619



About Us:

We represent storytellers, scientists, historians, journalists and academics who are experts in their fields. We are especially interested in the works of professors who are performing cutting-edge research. We work with thought leaders in a wide range of subjects, such as technology, culture, politics, social issues, popular science, foreign policy and more.

We are hired for three purposes, as lawyers to negotiate publishing agreements, option agreements and other entertainment deals, as literary agents to help in all aspects of the publishing field and to secure speaking engagements for authors.

We help structure proposals, pitch and present to publishers, coordinate with in-house publicity departments, and complete all of the legal work. Karen Gantz is a literary agent, speakers' agent and a literary property lawyer. We are involved in all stages of a book's development including the collaboration agreement with the writer, advice regarding the book proposal, presentations to the publisher, negotiations including the legal work for the publishing agreement and other rights to be negotiated, and public relations to ensure the best possible media coverage. Karen meets with editors weekly, identifying those who are hands-on and are the most passionate advocates for her authors.

Karen Gantz Literary Management arranges multichannel publicity for published books or prose-in-progress. Online publicity is immensely helpful in promoting authors’ works and their websites and linking book sales across the country to several websites.

About Karen Gantz:

Karen Gantz is a literary property lawyer/literary agent and the president of Karen Gantz Literary Management.  She represents such luminaries as Alec Baldwin, Floyd Abrams, Kathleen Turner, Arthur Benjamin, and many more. She is also the author of Taste of New York (Addison-Wesley 1993) and Superchefs (John Wiley & Sons 1996). Previously, she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property, at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Karen has been Chairman of the Literary and Media Committee and Chairman of the Great Books Program at the Harmonie Club of New York for the past 20 years. She has secured speakers such as Walter Isaacson, Richard Haas, Ken Auletta and many more.  Karen is currently on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities, and she was formerly on the Board of the National Foundation of Jewish Culture.

Karen has hosted literary salons around the city for over 30 years.  In the days when the independent book stores were at their peak, she hosted breakfasts before the stores opened and brought in academics to discuss Proust’s Swans’ Way, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. She also sponsors an annual seminar for writers at the Brearley School.

She also devotes her philanthropic work to education and children at risk. Karen has been on the Board of ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel for the past 15 years. Since 1989, she had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where she served primarily on the Israel committee and the Archives committee. Currently, she is on their Brookdale Board of Directors in Israel, Israel’s leading center for applied research on social policy and services, where she sponsors an annual seminar for children at risk.

Karen attended Vassar College and graduated with her BA from University of Pennsylvania (1972), received her MPA from New York University (1975) and her JD from Cardozo Law School where she was a member of the law review.  She is admitted in N.Y. State to practice law. 

Karen practiced law in the field of intellectual property; when individuals requested that she read their manuscripts and movie scripts and she found that most satisfying. Her specialty is negotiating contracts both as a lawyer and literary agent.

Speakers' Bureau

Our agency also promotes authors' work by securing speaking engagements and planning press parties. We arrange press parties, such as the press party for Penny Baird's Bringing Paris Home at Kate's Paperie and the Museum of the City of New York. We arranged the press party for Eileen Lane Antiques with the Consul General of Sweden, Mamma Mia, press, and celebrities.

We secure speaking engagements for talented, high-profile authors.  We are committed to connecting our authors with quality organizations and orchestrating educational and meaningful events.