The Leshne Agency

The Leshne Agency A full-service literary and talent management agency committed to the success of our authors, artists and entertainers.
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THE LESHNE AGENCY is a full-service literary and talent management agency committed to the success of our clients over the course of their careers. We represent a select and growing number of writers, artists, and entertainers interested in building their brands, audience platforms, and developing long-term relationships via all forms of traditional and social media. We take a deeply personal approach by working closely with our clients to develop their best ideas for maximum impact and reach across print, digital and other formats, providing hands-on guidance and networking for lasting success. LISA LESHNE has been in the media & entertainment business for over 25 years. Lisa’s previous experience spans the broadest range of the industry. In 1991, she co-founded The Prague Post, the largest English-language newspaper in Central Europe, along with its book division and website, PraguePost.com. Lisa worked in Prague as the newspaper's Publisher for almost a decade. In 1999, she moved to Manhattan to work in strategy and business development for Dow Jones, and was Executive Director, International, for WSJ.com, the Wall Street Journal Online, responsible for digital business operations in Europe and Asia, overseeing advertising, marketing, and circulation. Lisa also served as VP, Strategy and Business Development, for Ink2, an industry leader in the print-on-demand industry and the owner of Cardstore.com. Lisa worked for a year after 9/11 at the New York City Partnership's Financial Recovery Fund, evaluating grant applications and providing strategic advice to small businesses destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks. She previously worked for Accenture (Andersen Consulting) as a Senior Consultant in the Entertainment & Media Group. Prior to founding The Leshne Agency in 2011, she was a literary agent at LJK Literary. Lisa has a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Literary Specialties: I am most interested in narrative and prescriptive non-fiction, especially on sports, wellness, business, political and parenting topics. I love memoirs that transport the reader into another person’s head and give a voyeuristic view of another person's extraordinary experiences. I enjoy literary and commercial fiction and some young adult and middle-grade books that take the reader on a journey and are just plain fun to read. Talent Management: I manage a select number of my literary and entertainment clients, advising them over the course of their careers. More at www.leshneagency.com

Mission: THE LESHNE AGENCY is a full-service literary and talent management agency committed to the success of our clients over the course of their careers. We represent a select and growing number of writers, artists, and entertainers interested in building their brands, audience platforms, and developing long-term relationships via all forms of traditional and social media. We take a deeply personal approach by working closely with our clients to develop their best ideas for maximum impact and reach across print, digital and other formats, providing hands-on guidance and networking for lasting success.

🍷 📚 Get ready for THE NEW CHARDONNAY: How Marijuana Went Mainstream on Aug 11th! Journalist Heather Cabot spent 3 years ...
07/13/2020

🍷 📚 Get ready for THE NEW CHARDONNAY: How Marijuana Went Mainstream on Aug 11th! Journalist Heather Cabot spent 3 years investigating the wacky and wild world of legal cannabis. The result is “juicy reading” (thanks, Publishers Weekly!) with “Hollywood-ready characters,” (AJ Jacobs) and a “page turner” (Lee Woodruff) with lots of “deep reporting…and great storytelling” (Katie Kouric). Pre-order yours today wherever books are sold. .
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🖊💜Are you wondering what motivated @leshneagency to finally join IG? Post our first IG story today? Please check it out!...
07/02/2020

🖊💜Are you wondering what motivated @leshneagency to finally join IG? Post our first IG story today? Please check it out! It’s our new summer intern, @gubezzzzz!! We’re so happy to have her join the #leshneagency team. Alexis is a rising senior at High School of American Studies at Lehman College and hopes to work in the publishing industry in marketing. Welcome, Alexis! #summerinternship #highschool #highschoolsenior #literarylife #nyckids #nycpublicschools 📚

🖊💜We wouldn’t be a “full-service” agency without the fabulous @sandyabh who’s managed our foreign rights 🌏 department fr...
07/01/2020

🖊💜We wouldn’t be a “full-service” agency without the fabulous @sandyabh who’s managed our foreign rights 🌏 department from the start. She does deals all over the world, and enables our authors like @jesseitzler, @heather.cabot, @samwalravens, Ivan Klíma & Dr. Harley Rotbart to get published in 🇨🇳 China, 🇹🇼 Taiwan, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇪🇪 Estonia, 🇰🇷 South Korea, 🇧🇦 Bosnia, 🇻🇳 Vietnam, 🇵🇱 Poland, 🇱🇧 Lebanon, 🇷🇺 Russia, 🇹🇷 Turkey, & 🇬🇧 UK to name a bunch! Thank you, Sandy!!! 🌎 #books #literarylife #literaryagent #literaryagentsofinstagram @leshneagency

🖊💜Next up in our “meet the agents” series is Christine Lee! Christine joined us in 2018 from the rights department at @s...
06/29/2020

🖊💜Next up in our “meet the agents” series is Christine Lee! Christine joined us in 2018 from the rights department at @simonandschuster and brought a wealth of knowledge from her time there and at another big publishing house, @stmartinspress. You’ll see she has a broad range of literary interests, and is enjoying the time in quarantine hanging out with her precious 14-month-old son, her husband, & their cat 🐈 in Brooklyn.
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🖊💜Next up in our series of “meet the agents” is Yvette Greenwald! Yvette joined our team in early 2018 and brings her de...
06/28/2020

🖊💜Next up in our series of “meet the agents” is Yvette Greenwald! Yvette joined our team in early 2018 and brings her deep knowledge of commercial fiction, love of memoir, and her legal skills to the agency. 👩‍⚖️ Fun fact: Yvette worked with @ussupremecourt Justice @sotomayor.sonia as an associate at a private law firm before Sotomayor’s appointment to the #SCOTUS. #literarylife #literaryagent #literaryagentsofinstagram @tulanealumni @brooklynlawschool 📚

🖊 💜@leshneagency couldn’t have survived the last year without @morricesamantha 🎭 💃 keeping us organized and displaying h...
06/26/2020

🖊 💜@leshneagency couldn’t have survived the last year without @morricesamantha 🎭 💃 keeping us organized and displaying her crack editing skills. She has strong opinions, fabulous taste, and biting wit that makes us all smile. Thankful to @zoom_video_communications for keeping us connected. 💻 #literarylife #literaryagent #literaryagentsofinstagram @nyualumni

📚 We are so excited to announce that #leshneagency authors 3x 🥇Olympic Gold Medalist and 2x FIFA World Cup Champion @chr...
06/24/2020

📚 We are so excited to announce that #leshneagency authors 3x 🥇Olympic Gold Medalist and 2x FIFA World Cup Champion @christierampone3 ⚽️ and Sports Neuropsychologist & Brain Health Expert @drkristinekeane 🧠 will publish their first book in August! BE ALL IN shares best practices that athletes, parents & coaches can use to turn lessons learned from sports into lifelong skills. Foreword by @abbywambach #beallinbook #beallin Pre-order now: www.beallinbook.com @grandcentralpub ⚽️🏀🏈⚾️🥎🎾🏐🏉🥏🏓🏸🏒🥍⛳️⛸⛷🏂🤼‍♂️⛹🏾🏇🏽🤽🏾🚴🏽‍♀️ #youthsports #sportsparents #soccermom #coverreveal #momsdonthavetimetoreadbooks #hockeymom #tennismom #baseballmom #footballmom #coaches #youthcoach #newbook #parentingbooks #motivationalbooks #lacrossemom #baseballdad #footballdad #soccerdad #christierampone #womensworldcup #olympicgold #uswnt

💜🖊The first in a series introducing our agents, starting with our founder, @lisaleshne. Thanks to our summer intern, @gu...
06/24/2020

💜🖊The first in a series introducing our agents, starting with our founder, @lisaleshne. Thanks to our summer intern, @gubezzzzz for getting us up & running in IG and producing this series! #bookstagram #literarylife #literaryagents #ilovebooks📚 #reading #booknerd #prague🇨🇿 #praguepost @harvardhbs @hbsalumni @ucsantabarbara @ucsbalumni #broadway

🖊💜More information about #leshneagency at leshneagency.com. We’re proud to represent a wide range of authors, especially...
06/24/2020

🖊💜More information about #leshneagency at leshneagency.com. We’re proud to represent a wide range of authors, especially upcoming books in August by @heather.cabot 🍃 💵 l, @christierampone3 ⚽️ 🥅 and @drkristinekeane 🥼🧠, published by @crownpublishing and @grandcentralpub, both imprints of @hachetteus! 📚 #thenewchardonnay #beallinbook

💜🖊#leshneagency is officially on IG! Follow us for all kinds of exciting & breaking book news as we introduce our author...
06/23/2020

💜🖊#leshneagency is officially on IG! Follow us for all kinds of exciting & breaking book news as we introduce our authors & agents. 📚 #bookstagram #reading #booknerd #literarylife @christierampone3 @drkristinekeane @guysnodgrass @tommysiegel @leslielehr1 @melfaizy @minasamuels @heather.cabot @jesseitzler @julissaarce @dcopaken @randypolumbo @samwalravens @theajmendez @adam.the.creator @harleyaaron_ @turneyduff13 @stevecbald @jillsmokler @daisylewellyn @carmenritawong @jengouldnyc @megzucker #beallinbook #topgunstop10 #ihopethishelps #aboobslife #allthepresidentswomen #runlikeagirl #runlikeagirl365daysayear #thenewchardonnay #livingwiththemonks #someonelikeme #abcsofparenthood #abcsofadulthood #geekgirlrising #crazyismysuperpower #myundergroundamericandream #livingwithaseal #thebuyside #noregretsparenting #scarymommy #deathofpunishment #gettingin #neverpayretailagain #bravehearts

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05/14/2020

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💜The Leshne Agency is thrilled to announce it's 4th book deal with Dr. Harley Rotbart! NO REGRETS LIVING: 7 STEPS TO CON...
05/01/2020

💜The Leshne Agency is thrilled to announce it's 4th book deal with Dr. Harley Rotbart!

NO REGRETS LIVING: 7 STEPS TO CONTENTMENT, will combine Dr. Rotbart's vantage points as a physician, infectious diseases specialist, heart patient, child of an Auschwitz survivor and author of NO REGRETS PARENTING, 940 SATURDAYS and MIRACLES WE HAVE SEEN.

NO REGRETS LIVING will lead us on a journey to better appreciate what we have and take greater pride in what we’ve done with our lives, without spending precious time and energy wishing things had turned out differently, and providing profound insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic can help us see the world through a lens of gratitude for the magnificence around us. I'm happy to be working once again with Christine Belleris at HCI Books - The Life Issues Publisher. #noregretsliving

💜 We are proud to announce our 3rd book 📚 in 4 years with national bestselling author Julissa Arce! 👊🏽REJECTING ASSIMILA...
04/24/2020

💜 We are proud to announce our 3rd book 📚 in 4 years with national bestselling author Julissa Arce!

👊🏽REJECTING ASSIMILATION, is an urgent manifesto against the ways America demands assimilation yet denies belonging, and a rallying cry to preserve and celebrate our unique culture, values, and vision to create space to truly be ourselves. ⁣

We are very excited to be working with Bryn Clark at Flatiron Books who acquired it in a pre-empt! 📚

The Leshne Agency congratulates Leslie Lehr,  prize-winning author of WHAT A MOTHER KNOWS, 66 LAPS and  @The New York Ti...
03/20/2020

The Leshne Agency congratulates Leslie Lehr, prize-winning author of WHAT A MOTHER KNOWS, 66 LAPS and @The New York Times - Modern Love column narrated by Katie Couric on NPR "How I Got to Here", on the deal announcement for A BOOB'S LIFE: HOW AMERICA'S OBSESSION SHAPED ME, her first book since breast-cancer treatment, deftly blending personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s to present day and analyzing how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today. The book was acquired by Katie McGuire at Pegasus Books for publication in Spring 2021, with a TV series based on the manuscript already in development at Ventanarosa, Salma Hayek Pinault’s production company! #aboobslife

Author Julissa Arce's The New York Times - Modern Love piece begins... "Before I was even old enough to have a boyfriend...
03/20/2020
Telling the Truth Wasn’t an Option

Author Julissa Arce's The New York Times - Modern Love piece begins...

"Before I was even old enough to have a boyfriend, I had been trained to lie to him.

My secret, my mother said, could be used against me: “You can never tell anyone you’re undocumented.”

As an undocumented immigrant in search of love, I had to lie to nearly every man I dated.

03/11/2020
Julissa Arce

The Leshne Agency's author Julissa Arce on Oprah's Book Club. The entire episode can be found on Apple TV. Julissa's books are MY (UNDERGROUND) American Dream, and for middle-grade readers, SOMEONE LIKE ME. 📚

"My issue is not with Jeanine's book, really. My issue is with a publishing industry that systematically silences us by keeping [our voices] off bookshelves" A short clip of my comments on
@oprahsbookclub

03/04/2020
Julissa Arce

The Leshne Agency's author Julissa Arce appeared on Oprah's Book Club, along with award-winning author Reyna Grande, and journalist Esther Cepeda, to discuss the controversy surrounding the book AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins. The show will be available to view on Apple TV beginning March 6th. As an audience member to this extraordinary episode taped in Tucson, Arizona near the border, I can tell you that nothing was held back, an important conversation was had, and I'm incredibly proud of the Latinx community for speaking out. I believe change is possible. #myundergroundamericandream #someonelikeme #dreamers

I went on Oprah’s Book Club because my mom didn’t raise me to stay quiet. The full conversation will be out March 6th on @appletv

📚 🖊 Calling all writers! I’m honored to be on the faculty of the Kauai Writers Conference taking place in November, 2020...
03/03/2020
2020 Kauai Writers Conference

📚 🖊 Calling all writers! I’m honored to be on the faculty of the Kauai Writers Conference taking place in November, 2020 with many of my esteemed colleagues. If you are interested in participating, you can find more information via this link. 🌺

Write your book. Learn from bestselling authors. Meet agents and publishers. All on beautiful Kauai.

📚 New deal announcement! 👊🏽 Former TOPGUN instructor and author of HOLDING THE LINE: INSIDE TRUMP'S PENTAGON WITH SECRET...
02/25/2020

📚 New deal announcement! 👊🏽
Former TOPGUN instructor and author of HOLDING THE LINE: INSIDE TRUMP'S PENTAGON WITH SECRETARY MATTIS, Commander USN (ret.) Guy Snodgrass's TOPGUN'S TOP 10: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE COCKPIT, a collection of transformational leadership lessons and anecdotes from over two decades of military service crafted to motivate, enlighten, and inspire the next generation as they start their careers or look to enhance their performance in their professional and personal lives, to Kate Hartson at Center Street, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2020, by Lisa Leshne at The Leshne Agency (NA).
Rights contact(s): Sandy Bontemps Hodgman at [email protected]
#topgunstop10 #guysnodgrass Hachette Books Samantha Morrice

The Leshne Agency's author Julissa Arce, a formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, wrote her thoughts about AMERICA...
01/31/2020
I'm A Mexican Immigrant. Here's What “American Dirt” Got Wrong

The Leshne Agency's author Julissa Arce, a formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, wrote her thoughts about AMERICAN DIRT for Buzzfeed. Julissa's books are MY (UNDERGROUND) AMERICAN DREAM and SOMEONE LIKE ME. I highly recommend them both! 📚 Hachette Book Group Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #dreamers #myundergroundamericandream #someonelikeme

As a formerly undocumented Mexican immigrant, I’ve longed for more books telling our stories to be published and celebrated. Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt is not what I was hoping for.

The Leshne Agency's author Barry Levine gave a terrific TV interview to NBC News in LA detailing the 47 new allegations ...
01/07/2020
Author Barry Levine Talks His New Book Which Details Allegations Against President Trump

The Leshne Agency's author Barry Levine gave a terrific TV interview to NBC News in LA detailing the 47 new allegations of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump in his book with co-author Monique El-Faizy, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN: DONALD TRUMP AND THE MAKING OF A PREDATOR. While he's skated free so far, there are currently two defamation cases against Trump by Summer Zervos and E.Jean Carroll moving forward through the courts. Will justice ever be served? Hachette Books #allthepresidentswomen #predatorpresident

Reporter and author of ‘All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator’, Barry Levine sat down with California Live to discuss the book. The book details allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump and his history with women. As seen on California Live...

Congrats to co-authors Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy for ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN being named one of the best polit...
12/16/2019
The best politics books of 2019

Congrats to co-authors Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy for ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN being named one of the best political books of 2019 by UK's PROSPECT!

"The evidence collected by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy in All the President’s Women (Trapeze) should keep prosecutors busy. Trump is an alpha male—while dating Ivana, he threw a hissy fit when she turned out to be a better skier. More serious are the 26 new allegations of unwanted sexual contact documented here. “These abuses took place over the course of decades and were far from secret,” they write. It’s a story familiar from that of Jeffrey Epstein, the sex-offender Trump said was a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.”"

As part of Prospect's Books of the Year special, we round up the best books about politics

Excellent article on ALL THE PRESIDENT’S WOMEN in InStyle magazine. “So why haven’t the sexual misconduct allegations ag...
12/10/2019
This Book Found 43 New Allegations Against Donald Trump — Why Didn't Anyone Care?

Excellent article on ALL THE PRESIDENT’S WOMEN in InStyle magazine.

“So why haven’t the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump made more of an impact? “Despite us being surrounded by new stories of #MeToo, whether it’s Harvey Weinstein or Jeffrey Epstein or Bill Cosby, Trump is just not receiving that type of scrutiny, which to me is shocking,” Levine tells InStyle. “It’s mind-boggling to me that we have a president who — take away the impeachment inquiry and what he may or may not have done — separate from that, we have a predator president.”

“Crimes against women are just not taken as seriously, and that has to do with how we value women in society,” El-Faizy tells InStyle. “He said he could do this, and we elected him anyway, and that says more about American society than it does about Donald Trump. I mean, we know who he is, but it says something about us that we allow that man to be our president.”

"I mean, we know who he is, but it says something about us that we allow that man to be our president," one of the authors tells InStyle.

Once again, The Leshne Agency’s author, Julissa Arce, speaks truth to power. 👊🏽“I’ve always thought that it is immigrant...
11/29/2019
How immigrants' stories took center stage in the impeachment hearings

Once again, The Leshne Agency’s author, Julissa Arce, speaks truth to power. 👊🏽

“I’ve always thought that it is immigrants who believe in and love America the most,” said Julissa Arce, an immigration rights advocate who came to the US from Mexico when she was 11. “We’re willing to risk our lives and leave everything behind to come to this country and give everything. The bravest people who came up to testify at the hearings were the ones who said you have to fight to keep our democracy alive.” #myundergroundamericandream #someonelikeme Hachette Books Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Vindman, Yovanovitch and Hill showed an unshaken faith in America. But Republicans could not resist cynical innuendo on ‘dual loyalties’

⭐️ Starred review from Library Journal for #allthepresidentswomen by Barry Levine & Monique El-Faizy. #predatorpresident...
11/12/2019

⭐️ Starred review from Library Journal for #allthepresidentswomen by Barry Levine & Monique El-Faizy. #predatorpresident The Leshne Agency Hachette Book Group
⭐️ "While many of the most shocking incidents discussed here are public knowledge, the significant new material and the book’s usefulness as a single-volume source on the topic make this not only a critical current read but one likely to become even more important in the future."
https://www.libraryjournal.com/?reviewDetail=all-the-presidents-women-donald-trump-and-the-making-of-a-predator

Natasha Stoynoff, former correspondent for PEOPLE magazine, and one of Trump's first whistleblowers, wrote this spot-on ...
11/07/2019
Opinion | Women were the first Trump whistleblowers

Natasha Stoynoff, former correspondent for PEOPLE magazine, and one of Trump's first whistleblowers, wrote this spot-on piece in The Washington Post:

"Two weeks ago, 43 new allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump surfaced in a new book, “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator,” by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy. My sisters and I were not surprised; we suspect there are even more out there...Once again, the heat is on. The women are back, forces to be reckoned with, in the court of law and public opinion. And once again, an election is looming. But for us, the question remains: Will this, finally, be the time when enough people care?"

Will this, finally, be the time when enough people care?

📚 We are thrilled to announce this 2-book deal with cartoonist by day and rockstar  🎸 by night, Instagram sensation Tomm...
11/05/2019

📚 We are thrilled to announce this 2-book deal with cartoonist by day and rockstar 🎸 by night, Instagram sensation Tommy Siegel! Tommy’s band, Jukebox the Ghost plays to sold-out crowds across the world and his webcomics are hilarious and heartfelt. Andrews McMeel will bring these books into the world in Winter 2020 and Valentine’s Day 2021.

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