Regina Ryan has been the head of her own independent literary agency company for some 37 years, principally handling adult nonfiction. She has a strong editorial background, including being an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and editor in chief of Macmillan Adult Books, the first woman ever to hold that position in a major hardcover publishing house. She is a co-founder of the Agents Round Table.
Her areas of interest are wide-ranging and eclectic and include narrative nonfiction, natural history (particularly birds), science (particularly the brain), the outdoors, gardening, women’s issues, parenting, psychology, business, health, wellness, self-improvement, lifestyle, history, food, travel, popular reference, and memoir.
Among the books she has represented are The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch, The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter Meltzer, What’s Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?) by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman, The Sugar Season by Douglas Whynott, The Peterson’s Guide to North American Bird Sounds (2 vols.) by Nathan Pieplow, Sexuality and Dementia by Douglas Wornell, MD and Hair: A Human History by Kurt Stenn, MD.
Ms. Ryan is a member of the Women’s Media Group (WMG), PEN, the Authors Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), in addition to the Agents Round Table. She is a past president and former board member of the American Book Producers Association. She is also a member of the Audubon Society of New York, the Linnaean Society of New York, and the New York Mycological Society.