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    Elyse Cheney Literary Associates, LLC

About Us

We are a boutique literary agency based in New York City.




Elyse CheneyFounder and President

Elyse Cheney has been an agent for 16 years, working first with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates before founding Cheney Literary in January 2005. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English literature.

Adam EaglinAgent

Adam Eaglin joined Cheney Literary as a literary agent in 2012. He began his publishing career in editorial at Basic Books before working as an agent at The Wylie Agency. He studied English literature at Duke University and holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. He represents a range of literary fiction and non-fiction, including history, politics, current events, narrative reportage, biography, memoir, and popular science.

Alexander JacobsAgent, Foreign Rights Director

Alexander Jacobs joined Cheney Literary in 2011. He studied History at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He is interested in narrative non-fiction (particularly in the areas of history, science, politics, and culture), literary fiction, crime, and memoir. He also directs the agency’s foreign rights department.

Sam Freilich

Sam Freilich studied Literature at Bard College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from CalArts. Before coming to Cheney Literary in 2014, Sam worked at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency. He enjoys reading literary fiction, crime, biography, narrative nonfiction, and anything about Los Angeles.

Contact Us


Elyse Cheney Literary Associates, LLC
78 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

P: (212) 277-8007
F: (212) 614-0728

Submission Guidelines

Please send a query letter briefly describing your project and professional background, along with up to three chapters of sample material. We ask that you not query more than one agent.

Queries may be sent by mail, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, or by email to: submissions [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to all queries.

Foreign Rights

For foreign rights inquiries, please contact Alexander Jacobs: alex [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com.


For permissions, please contact Sam Freilich: sam [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com.

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