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The Whalen Agency is a full-service literary agency established by premiere literary agent Kimberly Whalen in the fall of 2016. A distinguished publishing industry veteran of over 20 years, Kimberly is a fierce advocate for her clients and is well-known in the industry for negotiating and closing seven and eight-figure deals domestically and internationally.

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Defined by the personal and customized service it provides, The Whalen Agency meets every need of its diverse roster of
New York Times and international bestselling clients in today’s dynamic and fluid marketplace. From negotiating North American and international rights to selling entertainment, licensing, and audio rights– The Whalen Agency Edge is comprehensive.

Before founding The Whalen Agency, Kimberly Whalen worked at a major New York City literary agency for 15 years, where she represented dozens of New York Times bestselling clients. Those clients delivered over 40 New York Times bestselling books, multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, and dozens of international bestsellers (including #1 international bestsellers) and netted several eight-figure deals.

Prior to her renowned career as a literary agent, Kimberly Whalen worked as the foreign rights director at St. Martin’s Press. The experience of working at a publishing company, as well as her background in selling international rights for over 20 years, provides her clients with a truly unique and global expertise that is unparalleled in the industry.


The Whalen Agency is a full-service agency providing turnkey support for independent and traditionally published authors. Services provided include international rights, entertainment and licensing, and audio rights.

Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more about our services.

International Rights

Kimberly spent over 20 years representing international rights. Her experience, travel, and contacts around the world make her uniquely qualified to handle careers with a global perspective. She directly oversees the careers of all of the clients at The Whalen Agency. She is proud to announce partnerships with the most qualified agents in the following territories:

Germany: Thomas Schlueck GmbH

France: Agence Eliane Benisti

Italy: Daniela Micura Literary Services

Scandinavia: Ulf Töregård Agency AB

Eastern Europe and Russia: Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Korea: Duran Kim Agency

China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia: Grayhawk Agency

Greece: Read n’ Right Agency

The Netherlands: Marianne Schönbach Literary Agency B.V.

Spain, Portugal, and Brazil: The Foreign Office

Turkey: Kayi Literary Agency

Israel: The Deborah Harris Agency

Japan: The English Agency

Entertainment & Licensing

The Whalen Agency partners with major entertainment agencies to secure our clients the best possible deals and create new opportunities.


The Whalen Agency never underestimates the audio consumer. Kimberly Whalen has been hand-selling audio rights for over 15 years and has represented over a dozen audiobook bestsellers.


The Whalen Agency accepts queries by email only. Please send your query letter without sample chapters or material to [email protected].

Because of the high volume of email submissions received, The Whalen Agency only responds to questions of interest. Please allow 3-4 weeks for response.