BJZ Agency is a global literary agency that is based in New York City for over 22 years. Barbara J Zitwer’s strength and expertise is in her ability to discover new writers and launch their international careers. She also works with established authors in their home countries like Korea, who want to break out into the world. At the beginning, Zitwer discovered Jerry Stahl, Eric Garcia, Sharon Krum, and The Friday Night Knitting Club which was a NYTimes Bestseller for over a year, Jeff Noon, winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for his debut Vurt among others. She is responsible for the Korean New Wave in global publishing which won her the 2016 International Literary Agent of the Year Award and launched the careers of Shirley Jackson Prize winner Hye young Pyun’s The Hole, Booker International Prize winner Han Kang’s THE VEGETARIAN and Kyung sook Shin’s Please Look After Mom, Man Asian Prize winner and also became a NY TIMES Bestseller., Un su Kim’s international sensation The Plotters, You Jeong Jeong’s The Good Son, a Seo mi-Ae’s The Only Child among many others. From Poland, our authors include Man Booker International and prize winning poet and novelist Wioletta Greg and bestselling, award-winning, Kaja Malanowska, with her literary thriller FOG. We are always looking for and reading works of undiscovered writers from every part of the globe and we are working with the best millennial writers Madeleine Ryan and Jamie Marina Lau from Australia, Won-pyun Sohn, Ji ri Park from Korea. We are proud to work with Turkish writers, Ozgu Mumcu, Ersin Saygin and Defne Suman called the Elena Ferrante of Turkey.
Handling film/TV rights and marketing across borders is a strong focus and we work with Emily Hayward-Whitlock at the Artists Partnership.
If you are a publisher, editor, film company or member of the press, and want to know more about any of the agency’s clients, please contact Barbara J. Zitwer at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be happy to provide information about how to acquire foreign rights through our co-agents or the procedure for dealing with film rights. And we are constantly updating our client list with new information.
We can assist you in obtaining manuscripts early or reader’s copies and galleys.
If you are a writer, please read and follow the submission guidelines.
Defne Suman - At The Breakfast Table
A story about the unfolding of a family secret that has been carried out for four generations. The main plot takes place over two days in the Prinkipo Island of Istanbul. The grandchildren, who struggle to unravel their grandmother’s hidden history and the loyal servant who stubbornly hides this secret take turns to narrate the story. While the main plot spans across two days on the island, the secondary plots are carried forth by narratives that take place in other places such as Istanbul, Mediterranean coast and the Black Sea region of Turkey.
Kaja Malanowska - Fog
Malanowska (born 1974) has published a short story collection and three novels, including “Fog”. Her debut novel, the autobiographical Drobne szaleństwa dnia codziennego [Small Madnesses of Everyday Life, 2010], established her as one of Poland’s most promising young writers. In 2012, her second novel Patrz na mnie, Klaro! [Look at Me, Klara!] was nominated for two of Poland’s most prestigious awards – Paszport Polityki and Nike (shortlist).
Madeleine Ryan - A Room Called Earth
Madeleine Ryan is a writer and author based in rural Victoria, Australia. She writes regularly about autism for VICE, SBS, Bustle, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraphand, formerly, for Lena Dunham’s publication, LENNY. She also writes messages of empowerment for autistic women via ASPECT(Autism Spectrum Australia).
Jamie Marina Lau – CONGRATULATIONS on your book being acquired by Lizzie Davis at Coffee House Press for North American rights
“Jamie Marina Lau's Pink Mountain on Locust Island is like nothing else I've read. In lush bursts of prose stretched by the possibilities of Cantonese, bossa nova, and new wave music, Lau offers an artifact of writing in the digital age, a provocative debut that has been called both 'teenage daydream' and 'hardboiled noir.' Urban life, the experience of growing up in a diasporic community, and our responsibilities to ourselves and one another in and outside of art are unpacked here with insight and tenderness. Our aim at Coffee House is to champion authors who are willing to take risks, whose work expands the possibilities of language, and Lau certainly fits the bill." Lizzie Davis, Coffee Press Books
Brow Books has sold North American rights to Jamie Marina Lau’s debut novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island to Coffee House Press, via the Barbara J Zitwer Agency.
‘Pink Mountain on Locust Island is like nothing else I’ve read,’ said Coffee House Press acquiring editor Lizzie Davis.
‘Urban life, the experience of growing up in a diasporic community, and our responsibilities to ourselves and one another in and outside of art are unpacked here with insight and tenderness. Our aim at Coffee House is to champion authors who are willing to take risks, whose work expands the possibilities of language, and Lau certainly fits the bill.’
As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Pink Mountain on Locust Island was recently shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and Lau was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Brow Books have also acquiredtwo more novels from Lau.
Pink Mountain on Locust Island will be published in the US in 2021 or 2022.