Barbara Lowenstein started her publishing career at the Sterling Lord Agency as an assistant to the dramatic agent. She then moved on to Lancer Books, one of the last independent paperback houses, where she created the first line of trade paperbacks in the industry. There, she published self-help, psychology, how-to, crafts and cooking titles. In 1976, after a brief stint as Director of Subsidiary Rights for Walker Books, she started Lowenstein Associates, which allowed her to combine her editorial skills with her gift for selling.
Over the years, Barbara has developed a reputation for representing bestselling fitness, business, and psychology books, as well as fiction. She represents the worldwide fitness phenomenon ZUMBA, as well as fitness guru and creator of P90X, Tony Horton's THE BIG PICTURE: 11 LAWS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE (HarperCollins), CRUSH IT! and BRING IT!, and Michael Thurmond's 6 DAY BODY MAKEOVER and 12 DAY BODY SHAPING MIRACLE. She has represented the Academy of Pediatrics, Columbia University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Medicine, among other institutions.
For over three decades, Barbara has represented the international bestselling author M. C. Beaton, known as the "Queen of Cozy Mysteries." Her two mystery series HAMISH MACBETH (Grand Central) and AGATHA RAISIN (St. Martin's) have been translated into 14 languages; both are currently being adapted for television series. M. C. Beaton is also the author of a hundred historical romances, which are now available as ebooks and audio books; many of these titles are being translated into foreign languages.
Barbara has also represented Ishmael Reed, MacArthur Genius Award winner, novelist, essayist and poet, for over three decades. Ishmael is also a Pulitzer prize nominee and two-time National Book Award finalist. He was recently named the first-ever SFJAZZ Poet Laureate.
Also represented are many well known business experts such as Carla Harris, recently appointed by President Obama as Chairperson of the Women's Business Council. Harris was named one of Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America" and listed as one of Essence Magazine's "50 Women Who are Shaping the World." She is the author of the upcoming REPOSITION TO WIN and EXPECT TO WIN (both Hudson Street Press); Jay Abraham, author of THE STICKING POINT: 9 WAYS TO MOVE YOUR BUSINESS FROM STAGNATION TO STUNNING GROWTH DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES.
Fiction clients include Gina Nahai, author of THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S. (Fall 2014, Akashic Books), as well as the novels CASPIAN RAIN, MOONLIGHT ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH, SUNDAY'S SILENCE, and CRY OF THE PEACOCK; and Mary Mackey, award-winning poet and bestselling author of novels including THE EARTHSONG TRILOGY, THE WIDOW'S WAR and THE NOTORIOUS MRS. WINSTON. Narrative non-fiction clients include Tim Cahill, author of several anthologies including HOLD THE ENLIGHTENMENT, A WOLVERINE IS EATING MY LEG and PECKED TO DEATH BY DUCKS
Barbara is known throughout the industry as an intrepid world traveler. Her far-flung journeys to such remote spots as Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, the jungles of Borneo and Venezuela, and the deserts of Yemen and the Sudan allow her to combine her love of adventure with social and human interaction. She is connected to Village Health Works, based in Burundi, Africa, and is also affiliated with The Ronald McDonald House, Sulaxmi School for Girls in Lucknow, India, Shared Interest in South Africa and Cross-Cultural Solutions.
She's currently looking for writers who have a strong platform and are leading experts in their field, including fitness, business, women's issues, psychology, health, science and social issues, and is particularly interested in strong new voices in fiction and narrative nonfiction.
In addition to Barbara Lowenstein here at Lowenstein Associates, there is a full support team comprising of Emily Gref, Agent, Contracts Manager, and Foreign Rights Manager; Connor Goldsmith, Associate Agent, Permissions Manager, and Digital Strategist; and Wendy Cobb, Accounts Manager.
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