Susan Finesman / Fine Literary


Susan FinesmanWe are pleased to announce the newest member of the agent/editor team Susan Finesman.

Susan is the principle of Fine Literary, a boutique literary agency based in Los Angeles. She worked with Killer Nashville 2014 Claymore Award winner, Dana Chamblee Carpenter, whose work “Bohemian Gospel” is due on bookshelves in November.

That’s how Susan learned of Killer Nashville.

But Susan is a seasoned veteran. She started her own agency in 2010 after 20 years of scouting books, plays and narrative non-fiction for Tri-Star Pictures and later moving to Savoy Pictures and Home Box Office. Learning how to find new stories and adapt them for the screen gave her a slightly different perspective on how to sell books to publishers, Susan writes on her website,

But mostly she realized she was “helping writer friends and friends of writers with a good deal more joy than my actual occupation.”

Susan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent more than 20 years in New York City. She is now happily living in California with a view of lemon trees and night blooming jasmine from her desk. An avid fan of reading, she believed as a child that heaven was receiving the school summer reading lists.

She is interested in all kinds of books, but is compelled by work that features characters that cannot be shaken. She challenges authors to make her laugh or cry, and if you do both it’s certain that she will be won over.

“I love the twists and turns of a great page-turner, can be seduced by a truly honest memoir and am delighted when transported by historical fiction,” Susan said.

With regards to non-fiction, cookbooks and lifestyle are a particular area of interest but she will consider almost any subject that is honest and thoughtful.

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