About Us

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 an acquiring 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.”)

Jennifer Woodason is the agency’s Business Manager. She attended Pima Community College, Dutchess Community College, and SUNY Purchase, with concentrations in Design Technology, Visual Arts, and Drama Studies. She has worked a very storied career in the arts, behavioral health, and business management for a number of years, and has made self-expression a priority throughout her life. She continues to work as diligently in her spare time outside the agency as a natural artist, editor, yogi, poetess, flautist, guitarist, and singer.

“In divided light of day to night, the summer embers end.
We look toward the cooler times to write of things unpenned.
Should we find some warmer climes from now until the spring,
It’s likely from somewhere inside – from our imagining.

Take hand of fate and arm of tide and do not fear the deep,
The struggle’s not so far nor wide, despite that wint’ry sleep.
Hearts and minds untethered from that frozen where or when
The better end – remember, friend – is that we choose the pen.”  -JW

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