Literary Agent , Steve Ross Agency
Steve Ross has launched the Steve Ross Agency as the next step in a long career in books. A literary agent and Director of the Book Division at Abrams Artists Agency for eight years, Steve also has more than two decades’ experience in the publishing industry, starting as an Editor and eventually becoming a Publisher, including running high-visibility and profitable divisions at major publishing companies. Steve was instrumental in publishing Barack Obama's Dreams from my Father and Audacity of Hope, and many other best-selling books of quality commercial non-fiction.
Named one of seven “Influentials” in Books by New York Magazine and profiled on the front page of Crain’s as “a superb general nonfiction publisher”, Ross was Sr. VP and Publisher of Random House’s Crown Division for twelve years, where he conceived and launched several content-specific imprints that remain category leaders today. At Random House he worked with such authors as Arianna Huffington, Spike Lee, Suze Orman, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Suzanne Somers, Erik Larson, The Onion, Jillian Michaels, Charles Schwab, and Max Brooks.
Ross was also President & Group Publisher of the $100 million Collins Division at HarperCollins, where he oversaw the operations and growth of four distinct publishing programs. There he worked with such authors as Jack Welch, Russell Brand, Sir Roger Moore, Jessica Seinfeld, and Rick Pitino.
Steve created a client list as a literary agent and Director of the Books Division at Abrams that features a wide range of global thought leaders, innovators, and people of substantial accomplishment in such fields as sports, medicine, and the arts, all of whom have unique and important stories to tell, Steve helps his clients to shape those stories. Finding the best publishing home for them has returned him to the mission and passion that drove him to become a book editor earlier in this career. He has also developed a global network of sub-agents who represent his clients in their specific territories.
A former President of the Publishers Lunch Club and recipient of the James Thurber Award for editing and publishing the #1 Bestseller Our Dumb Century by The Onion, Ross earned a Master's Degree from New York University, is an avid motorcycle rider and tennis player, and lives with his family in Westchester County.