Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990 after a career as an editor with major New York houses. She handles, almost exclusively, adult nonfiction titles in genres including health, history, parenting, how-to, popular science, business, biography, sports, popular reference, cooking, memoir, music, writing, spirituality, and general interest. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially.
Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. Her award-winning list stretches from the decorative—FLOWERS, WHITE HOUSE STYLE: More Than 125 Arrangements by the Former White House Chief Floral Decorator by Dottie Temple and Stan Finegold (Simon & Schuster)—to the dark—SAVING BEAUTY FROM THE BEAST: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner (Little, Brown; Books for a Better Life Award). Her other titles include STEPHEN HAWKING: An Unfettered Mind by Kitty Ferguson (Palgrave Macmillan); FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books, essence.com bestseller); OLIVE TREES AND HONEY: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks (Wiley, James Beard Award winner); and 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker (Da Capo Press) (New York Times bestseller).
She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), the Women’s Media Group (WMG), and the Agents Round Table.