HEADWATER LITERARY MANAGEMENT

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MEET THE HEADWATER AGENTS 

ERIK HANE

(he / him / his)  Founder & Agent

After graduating with a B.A. from Knox College and obtaining a publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute, Erik Hane began his career on the editorial staff at Oxford University Press and then as an editor at The Overlook Press. Along with Laura, he is a host of Print Run Podcast. As an agent at Red Sofa Literary, he built a client list that featured political columnists, culture critics, sports journalists, neuroscientists, historians, and literary writers of both fiction and essays. Now at Headwater, Erik is looking for writers who bring a clear-eyed sense of the stakes of this political and historical moment to their writing, no matter what kind of project their expertise draws them toward. He loves tennis, video games, and novels about sad people in cold places. He’s probably tweeting from his account @erikhane as you read this.

 

ERIKS REPRESENTATIVE CATEGORIES:

  • Political nonfiction 

  • Culture criticism

  • History, especially American

  • Popular science

  • Literary nonfiction and essays

  • Literary fiction

LAURA ZATS

For a decade, Laura has worked with books in every way from book selling, to editing and ghostwriting, to helping authors self-publish. A literary agent for over six years, she finds the most joy in working closely with authors to build their long-term careers in ways that contribute positively to their financial and mental health, as well as the greater community. Since 2016, Laura has hosted Print Run, a weekly publishing podcast, with Erik Hane. Passionate about teaching, mentorship, and the role books play in the fight for social justice, she regularly participates in the Manuscript Academy, attends conferences, and is currently serving her third term on the board of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable, a non-profit that provides ongoing education for new and established publishing professionals. In her spare time, Laura plays tabletop role-playing games, follows the long-distance dogsled-racing season from her couch, and drinks a lot of tea. Connect with her on twitter @LZats.

 

LAURA'S REPRESENTATIVE CATEGORIES: 

  • YA (all genres)

  • Science fiction/fantasy, including horror with speculative elements

  • Romance (contemporary, historical, paranormal, and LGBTQ+)

  • Literary fiction with speculative elements

(she / her / hers)  Founder & Agent