Wolf Literary Services LLC is a full-service literary agency specializing in dynamic, quirky books written for all ages. As an agency, we have a deep respect for the place where “low” art meets high art—we like a good story, regardless of genre.
Our agency specializes in the kinds of books that meaningfully connect with their readers—the stories that keep you up all night so you know what happens next. We are excited by books that are provocative within a familiar context—we love writers that can subvert a reader’s expectations.
If it’s surprising, weird, fresh, dark, heart-breaking, tear-jerking, or side-splitting, we want to see it. From blood-drenched ghosts (Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake) to bitchy, witchy cheerleaders (Hexed by Michelle Krys) to literary gunslingers (Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis) to stranger-than-fiction personalities (Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy by Jim Elledge) to badass lady survivalists (The Superwoman’s Survival Guide by Ky Furneaux), we are our authors’ biggest fans.
We’re always looking for new voices to add to our exciting, genre-busting list of authors, which includes debut writers, author/illustrators, television personalities, popular bloggers, and creative professionals who are leaders in their fields.
Our consulting division works with an ever-growing list of literary agencies and media companies, which assures that we have our finger on the pulse of all the current issues in the publishing industry. Our experience and network of contacts make us uniquely suited to ensure that our clients aren’t left behind in the constantly changing media world, especially with the increasingly fluid role of digital rights.
Kirsten Wolf is the founder and owner of Wolf Literary Services. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University School of Law, Kirsten spent the better part of the ’90s putting herself through college and law school doing a wide variety of jobs, ranging from working as a professional chef to managing an engineering firm.
In 2003, Kirsten relocated to New York from Boston and began her career in publishing as an assistant at Anderson Grinberg Literary Management. After working for over four years under Jill Grinberg as associate agent, contracts manager, and foreign rights manager, she opened her own company, Wolf Literary Services, in 2008. Kirsten now operates as the financial and legal guru of Wolf Literary, spending the bulk of her time consulting for media agencies, publishers, and independent artists. She prides herself on guiding her clients through the confusing, confrontational, and sometimes downright dull parts of the media world in the most painless way possible, while always making sure that the client is assured that their interests are being safely looked after. She’s also a lot more fun than the previous two sentences would suggest, even if she doesn’t have cool tattoos like Adriann.
Adriann Ranta is a literary agent at Wolf Literary Services. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona, Adriann’s first introduction to publishing was at The Editorial Department, a freelance editorial firm based in Tucson, AZ. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management before moving to Wolf Literary in 2009, where she keeps her own list, and co-represents select clients with Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.
While an avid reader of most subjects and themes, Adriann is most interested in gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world. She likes edgy, dark, quirky voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She lives in Brooklyn, has many tattoos, and is an evangelical fan of the X-Files.
Allison Devereux is the Foreign Rights and Agency Assistant at Wolf Literary Services. She moved to New York from Austin, where she was a graduate of the University of Texas and an intern at the Harry Ransom Center. Allison previously worked at Tor Books. She assists Adriann and Kirsten, as well as Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.
Allison reads books across all genres, but she particularly loves magical realism, literary fiction, stories featuring picaresque characters, and books on art and design. She’s run two marathons, is a synesthete, and lives in Brooklyn.
WLS Foreign Co-Agents:
China, Taiwan: The Grayhawk Agency (Gray Tan)
France: Agence Eliane Benisti (Eliane Benisti)
Greece: Read n’ Right Agency (Nike Davarinou)
Indonesia, Malaysia: Maxima Creative Agency (Santo Manurung)
Russia: Van Lear Agency (Elizabeth Van Lear)
Turkey: Kayi Literary Agency (Dilek Kayi)