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 at the time, 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.
For almost four decades, Barbara has represented the international bestselling author M. C. Beaton, known as the "Queen of Cozy Mysteries." Beaton’s two mystery series HAMISH MACBETH (Grand Central) and AGATHA RAISIN (St. Martin's) have been translated into 15 languages. Mammoth Screen and Free at Last have recently produced a 2-hour TV pilot of AGATHA RAISIN to be aired shortly on Sky 1 HD in the UK. The HAMISH MACBETH series has been optioned by Acorn Productions Limited. M. C. Beaton is also the author of 100 historical romances, which are now available as ebooks and audio books and have been translated into many languages. Across all her titles, she has sold over 15,000,000 copies worldwide. In coordination with Lowenstein Associates, M.C. Beaton now enjoys a robust social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, where she engages with her many fans on a regular basis.
Barbara also represents Carla A. Harris, the author of the extremely successful EXPECT TO WIN: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace and its follow-up, STRATEGIZE TO WIN: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career (both Hudson Street Press), featured in Essence (first serial rights) and on The Today Show (Winter 2015). Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Recently appointed by President Obama as Chairperson of the Women's Business Council, Harris has been featured on Fortune’s “The Most Influential List” and Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, as well as Ebony’s “15 Corporate Women at the Top”.
In addition to well-known business experts, Barbara also fosters the narrative non-fiction talents of serious scientists, including Cordelia Fine, senior research associate at the Centre of Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University. Called a “brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences”, she is the author of the critically acclaimed A MIND OF ITS OWN: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives; DELUSIONS OF GENDER: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference; and the upcoming T AND OTHER CATASTROPHES: The Surprising Science of Sex and Society (all Norton). Barbara also represents social psychologist Simon M. Laham of the University of Melbourne, whose title THE SCIENCE OF SIN takes readers on a tour of the seven deadly sins and why they are actually good for you (Three Rivers Press).
Over the years, Barbara has developed a reputation for representing bestselling fitness, business, and psychology books. She represents the worldwide fitness phenomenon ZUMBA (Grand Central Publishing), 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!. She has represented the Academy of Pediatrics, Columbia University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Medicine, among other institutions.
Barbara also represents 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.
Fiction clients include Gina Nahai, author of THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S. (Akashic), as well as the novels CASPIAN RAIN, MOONLIGHT ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH, SUNDAY'S SILENCE, and CRY OF THE PEACOCK; Mary Mackey, award-winning poet and bestselling author of novels including THE EARTHSONG TRILOGY, THE WIDOW'S WAR and THE NOTORIOUS MRS. WINSTON; and Deborah Camp, whose 40 romances have been republished as ebooks and audiobooks through Lowenstein Associates, and new novels THROUGH HIS EYES and THROUGH HIS TOUCH have enjoyed great success following the rejuvenation of her backlist. 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 (all Random House).
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, Infinity Culinary Training (South Africa) and Shared Interest (South Africa).
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; Grace Ross, Digital Marketing Manager; and Wendy Cobb, Accounts Manager.
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