Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures course.
Liza is on the board of the AAR (the Association of Author’s Representatives). She belongs to the Author’s Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers Inc and The Women’s Media Group.
Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since 2002 with a list split evenly between adult and children’s books. Before becoming an agent, she was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers. A graduate of Williams College, she lives in Westchester with her husband and four sons.
Havis Dawson is the agency’s CFO and foreign-rights manager.
Havis works closely with a network of fifteen high-profile co-agents around the globe to sell translation rights for LDA titles in every language.
An Alabama native, Havis moved to New York after his graduation from Duke University. For twenty years, he was an award-winning editor of business-trade magazines, including a top win for tracing the decline and fall of Detroit’s Stroh Brewing Company.
Hannah Bowman joined Liza Dawson Associates as an agent in 2011. She graduated from Cornell University in 2009, earning a B.A. in English and mathematics. While a student, she spent four summers working in particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She is also an organist. She lives in Los Angeles.
Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in July 2014 as assistant and audio rights manager. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in publishing studies. She interned at Hachette Book Group and Writers House. She was an editorial assistant then coordinator for Bookspan, where she worked on several clubs including the Book-of-the-Month Club, The Good Cook, and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club.
Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent’s assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before interning at LDA, she practiced entertainment law and taught high school English and debate.
Joanne Fallert is the agency’s contracts and payments manager. A graduate of the University of Scranton in Communications and English, Joanne moved into her role at LDA after a decade’s experience at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in subsidiary rights, contracts and permissions. She left that role to raise her children, and now she is thrilled to be back working in the industry she loves.
Joanne can be contacted at JFallert@LizaDawson.com.
Monica Odom is an agent at Liza Dawson Associates, where she represents a variety of nonfiction by authors, as well as literary and upmarket fiction, and illustrators. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University. She was also schooled in bookselling and event coordinating at her local indie, Watchung Booksellers. She loves to see a personal project turn into something original and surprising, and is committed to the expansion of diversity and inclusivity in the publishing industry.
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Akcali Copyright Agency
Atilla Izgi Turgut
Alexander Korzhenevski Agency
Danny Hong Agency
David Higham Associates
Deborah Harris Agency
Eliane Benisti Agency
Eliane Benisti, Noémie Rollet
Graal Literary Agency
Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia
China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
International Editors’ Co.
Flavia Sala, Cristina Puchio
Kristin Olson Literary Agency
Czech Republic (Czech and Slovak languages)
Lennart Sane Agency
Netherlands and Scandinavia
Piergiorgio Nicollazzini Agency
Thomas Schlück GmbH
Misa Morikawa (fiction)
Manami Tamaoki (non-fiction)