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The Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency is a full-service literary agency in New York City active in both the national and the international publishing markets. We represent the authors of fiction as well as memoir, biography, self-improvement, spirituality, and nonfiction on contemporary issues. 
Our authors are united by their high level of creativity, integrity and seriousness of purpose.  We are committed to working closely with them to help bring their books into being, from the sharpening of the proposal to the marketing of the finished work. We take pride in the personal attention we provide to our authors, and in our depth of knowledge and presence in the publishing industry that enable us to guide our clients through every stage of their writing careers.

Before founding her literary agency in 1998, Cynthia Cannell was for twelve years the vice president of Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Prior to that she worked with Maria Campbell Associates as a book scout for foreign language publishers.  She received her editorial and subsidiary rights training at Simon & Schuster and as an associate editor at Joni Evans’ imprint, The Linden Press. 

Ms. Cannell is a member of the Authors Guild and the Women’s Media Group, and a former board member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.



Nico Brown, Senior Associate, returned to New York after completing graduate studies in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also holds an undergraduate degree in theatre stage management. Nico joined the agency in 2014 and manages royalties, contracts, and agency operations.

Charlotte Kelly

Charlotte Kelly, Senior Associate, works on editorial and publicity at CCLA, building on her experience as a book publicist. She also handles subsidiary rights sales. She received her undergraduate degree in Literature from Eugene Lang College and her masters in Humanities from NYU, with a focus on twentieth-century Latin American literature. She has worked with the agency for over six years.