Danielle Svetcov


Danielle Svetcov is the author of Parked, a “quirky” “big-hearted” middle-grade novel that “explores what happens when homelessness and helpfulness collide.” Before Parked, Danielle wrote for the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. She joined LGR in 2002.

Books she rereads for love: I Capture the Castle, Lone Pilgrim, Jane Eyre, Devil in the White City, Ladies and Gentlemen—the Bronx is Burning.

Audiobooks that she’s recently listened to (in the car) on rainy days: When You Reach Me, Naked, The Secret Garden, Undefeated.

Her clients tend to be oppositional but reasoned, serious but amused—preferring their rabbit holes deep.

Her taste is reflected in the journalism and narrative nonfiction she’s sold, e.g. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves; its natural follow-up Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art; a cultural history of our bodies under water, Why We Swim; a refusal to be grammatically cornered, Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark; a refusal to be artfully ignored Broad Strokes and She Votes; and a story of greed that threatens us all (where we least expect it), Kill Shot.

Also, to offset the Victorian in her, she signs funny books, e.g. Skymaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane; Look Big, a guide to surviving wild-animal close-encounters (which is funnier than you might think); What to Talk About; Bike Snob; and Minnesota-Book-of-the-Year nominee, The Annie Year, an ensemble novel that blurs heartland and heartburn.

Of course, she has to eat, too… She represents an incredible stable of chefs, restaurateurs, and food/ag-thinkers—many of them IACP and Beard Award winners—including Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s New York Times bestselling Run Fast Eat Slow; Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan and Vegetable Kingdom; Michelle Polzine’s Baking at the 20th Century Café; Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain’s This is Camino; Adrianna Adarme’s The Year of Cozy; Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s State Bird Provisions; Brandon Jew’s Mr. Jiu’s in Chinatown; Sophie Egan’s OK to Eat; and many more.

Some of her authors you’ll be hearing from soon: Rachel Gross, Nicole Perlroth, Sophia Vincent-Guy, Mark Bittman, Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, Beth Rodden, Eugenia Viti, Diana Kapp, Diana Helmuth, Molly Huddle, Sara Slattery, Rick Easton, Melissa McCart, Andrew Hilleman, Colin Clancy, Jodi Angel, S.P. Miskowski, Mike Sacks and Jason Roeder.

Danielle is based in the agency’s California office.