Sarah Smith


Sarah Smith began her publishing career in 2008 working for Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill, NC as an editorial intern. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York City to work at Trident Media Group as an assistant in the literary and book-to-film departments. She joined the David Black Agency in 2012. 


Sarah represents award-winning and best-selling nonfiction. She is interested in books that teach readers something new or offer a novel perspective, in particular in the space of food and drink, health/ medicine/ wellness, narrative nonfiction, personal finance/ business, memoir, essays, and cultural criticism. She loves working with experts in their fields and is always interested in projects that concern pop culture, art/ design/ music, and the cultural zeitgeist. In addition, Sarah represents a number of collaborative writers who partner with authors on cookbooks, memoir, leadership and sports books, and more. 


Select titles include Salad Freak by Jess Damuck (Abrams), Rodney Scott's World of BBQ (Clarkson Potter), Indian-ish by Priya Krishna (HMH), And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell (Little, Brown), Poilane by Apollonia Poilane (HMH), The Suspect by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen (Abrams Press), A Table by Rebekah Peppler (Chronicle), and Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames (Harper Business). 


Sarah has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors. After college, she lived and worked for a while in Argentina. She has spoken at conferences across the country, including AWP, IACP, and SDSU Writers Conference and is passionate about demystifying the opaque world of book publishing. For three years, Sarah curated the weekly True Story: Nonfiction at KGB reading series at KGB Bar in the East Village. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn. 


She is currently accepting unsolicited queries, for projects only in the categories mentioned above, sent to her by email (she does not accept queries sent in the mail). She regrets that due to the volume of submissions received, she will respond to your query only if she is interested in seeing more material, usually within four weeks. If you are interested in querying Sarah, please send her your query letter and the first 25 pages of your proposal or manuscript pasted into the body of your email.