Dana Newman

Dana Newman Literary

Dana Newman is an LA-based independent literary agent representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction and literary and upmarket fiction. She is interested in practical nonfiction (business, health and wellness, psychology, parenting, technology) by authors with smart, unique perspectives and established platforms who are committed to actively marketing and promoting their books. She looks for compelling, inspiring narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, pop culture, current affairs/women’s interest, social trends, and sports/fitness.

A favorite genre is literary nonfiction: true stories, well told, that read like a novel you can’t put down. She considers a selective amount of literary fiction and women’s upmarket fiction. She looks for character-driven stories written in a distinctive voice that are emotionally truthful. She’s always on the lookout for compelling voices, ideas and stories, and is a passionate believer in the power of books to connect and transform us.

Dana is also an attorney, focusing on publishing law and contracts. She’s a member of the California State Bar and the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Before founding her literary agency she worked as in-house counsel in the entertainment industry. More information about her agency is available at