Philip Spitzer began his career in publishing by earning an M.A. at New York University’s Graduate Institute of Book Publishing. He worked as an editorial assistant at NYU Press before becoming assistant to the director of marketing in McGraw-Hill’s trade book department. He was subsequently appointed director of sales and marketing of McGraw-Hill’s art book department. From 1966 to 1969 Philip worked as a literary agent for John Cushman Associates, then the American affiliate of Curtis, Brown, London, representing hundreds of British writers. In 1969 he formed the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction writers, as well more than a dozen French publishers. He specializes in general fiction and literary crime fiction, as well as nonfiction subjects of politics, sports, and works of sociological interest.
Lukas Ortiz is a Literary Agent and the Foreign Rights Director at the Spitzer Agency. For the last fifteen years, he has worked closely with Philip Spitzer on author development and management. He graduated from the University of Stony Brook in 2002, where he studied Sociology and Literature. He is interested in fiction with a distinct narrative voice and memorable characters. He loves novels with an eccentric edge, and is drawn to original stories. In non-fiction, Lukas is interested in cultural studies, sociology, business, history, politics, current affairs, sports and memoir. He looks for driven narratives and sharp storytelling, with themes that transcend their primary audience. In addition, he is actively looking to work with more Latino and Latin American authors for the U.S. market. Lukas is an associate member of the Association of Author’s Representatives, and the Mystery Writers of America. He is also an active supporter of PEN American Center, which defends writer’s rights and promotes literacy around the world. He shares his birthday with Winston Churchill (“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”) and with Mark Twain (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”)
Kim Lombardini has worn many hats in the book and publishing world. Originally from Detroit, Kim began her career in books at Barnes & Noble, working her way up from part-time bookseller to Market Trainer for Community Relations Managers in OH, IN and MI. Kim was hired by Random House as a National Accounts Marketing Representative, where it was her happy duty to hand-sell books to booksellers at both Barnes & Noble and Borders chains from Chicago to Cleveland. After a brief time working as Marketing Manager for Borders first Concept Store in Ann Arbor, MI, where she became the first bookseller trained to use Margaret Atwood’s brain-child the Long Pen (a remote book-signing robot), she wanted to get back to what she loved most: selling books to readers. Deciding she’d like to live in New York, she was hired by respected independent BookHampton on the East End of Long Island, where she spent the next six years selling, marketing and writing about books – and training others to do as well.
Kim’s life in books has allowed her to attend church with Rosa Parks, work with Maya Angelou, lunch with President Barack Obama, and talk books with a firmament of entertainment, literature and music stars and political leaders.