Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary

mainClaire Gerus has been Editor-in-Chief of two publishing houses, worked for seven major publishers, including Harlequin, Rodale, Random House, Doubleday, John Wiley, Kensington, and Adams Media, written articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines and newspapers, and taught corporate communications to such clients as IBM, Kelloggs, Mutual of Omaha, and Procter & Gamble.

In 1996, she established a thriving business as a New York literary agent, selling publishers books on a variety of subjects. She sold a 3-million copy health bestseller and brought film star Esther Williams’ story to Simon & Schuster. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

In 1999, she joined Kensington Publishing in New York and founded TwinStreams Books, a complementary healing imprint. Later, as Executive Editor at Citadel Press, she acquired and edited titles on celebrity biography, self-help, relationships, spirituality, new age, diet, Judaica, and health.

From 2001-August, 2002, she was Executive Editor at Adams Media, where she published the first biography of Laura Bush. She also published a wide range of new age, business, self-help, and inspirational books.

She is presently working as a literary agent. Among her clients are an ex-CIA agent, three psychologists, a policewoman, a District Attorney, an Assistant Attorney-General, a business communications consultant, a women’s safety advocate, a best-selling psychologist,the Wall Street Journal’s Soviet specialist, a former Miss Connecticut and inspirational columnist, a diabetes spokesperson and many more with equally fascinating backgrounds!

What Claire Is Looking for in Book Projects (nonfiction):

  • Biography
  • Business/investing/finance
  • History
  • Religious
  • Mind/body/spirit
  • Health
  • Lifestyle
  • Science
  • True crime
  • Psychology
  • Politics




Claire Gerus founded her own Arizona-based literary agency almost 20 years ago and has worked with several bestselling authors. Claire is taking part in the “Writers’ Got Talent” critique fest event at 1:45 p.m. Besides her appearance on that panel, she will be available for 10-minute one-on-one meetings with some writers until the event ends at 4:45 p.m. Learn more about Claire here. (Claire will be at both the Phoenix and Tucson events, hearing pitches at the identical events.)


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