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.
Rachel Beck joined Liza Dawson Associates in 2020 after working at a boutique literary agency for 4 years. She has been in the publishing industry since 2009 and worked at Harlequin editing romance novels for nearly 6 years before transitioning her skills to the agent world in order to be an advocate and champion for authors. She lives in southern California with her husband, young son, and endlessly entertaining cat.
Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since 2002 with a focus on commercial fiction. 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.
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 lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, where she is also pursuing an MA in Religious Studies.
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.
Kayla Lightner joined Liza Dawson Associates as an agent assistant in 2018. A Georgia native, Kayla holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before joining the LDA team full-time, Kayla interned at the agency in the summer of 2017. She has also held various positions including fashion market intern at Harper’s Bazaar, editorial assistant at Creative Loafing Atlanta, and freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Tom Miller joined Liza Dawson Associates as a senior literary agent in the summer of 2018 after three years as an agent with the Carol Mann Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, Tom held executive and senior editorial positions with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Wiley, and McGraw-Hill. As an editor, Tom acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestselling and prize-winning books by authors including Deepak Chopra, Jared Diamond, Judy Collins, Steve Forbes, Erica Jong, Jack Cafferty, Ginger Rogers, Kirk Douglas, Dame Beryl Bainbridge, Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, Aphrodite Jones, Shirley Temple Black, Anna Murdoch, Oliver North, Annette Funicello, Dr. Loren Cordain, Charles Busch, Brian Wilson, Erich Schiffmann, and Peter Straub. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in comparative literature.
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.
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 [email protected].
Our most active partners include:
ACER Agencia Literaria
Spain and Portugal
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)