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    The Cheney Agency

About Us

We are a boutique agency in New York City, managing writers, experts, and public figures




Elyse CheneyFounder and President

Elyse Cheney has been an agent for 16 years, working first with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates before founding The Cheney Agency in January 2005. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English literature.

Adam EaglinAgent

Adam Eaglin joined The Cheney Agency as a literary agent in 2012. He began his publishing career in editorial at Basic Books before working as an agent at The Wylie Agency. He studied English literature at Duke University and holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. He represents a range of literary fiction and non-fiction, including history, politics, current events, narrative reportage, biography, memoir, and popular science.

Alexander JacobsAgent, Foreign Rights Director

Alexander Jacobs joined The Cheney Agency in 2011. He studied History at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. He is interested in narrative non-fiction (particularly in the areas of history, science, politics, and culture), literary fiction, crime, and memoir. He also directs the agency’s foreign rights department.

Alice WhitwhamAgent

Alice Whitwham joined The Cheney Agency in August 2016, after having worked at the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. Previously she managed programming, events, and marketing at McNally Jackson Books. She represents a balance of literary and commercial fiction, as well as voice-driven narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, and journalism. She studied literature at Cambridge and holds an MA in poetry and cultural theory from the University of Chicago. She directs marketing for the agency, developing and managing strategies for individual clients and titles.

Contact Us


The Cheney Agency
39 West 14th Street, Suite 403
New York, NY 10011

P: (212) 277-8007
F: (212) 614-0728

Submission Guidelines

Please send a query letter briefly describing your project and professional background, along with up to three chapters of sample material. We ask that you not query more than one agent.

Queries may be sent by mail, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, or by email to: submissions [at] cheneyagency [dot] com. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to all queries.

Foreign Rights

For foreign rights inquiries, please contact Alexander Jacobs: alex [at] cheneyagency [dot] com.

Film and Television Rights

For inquiries about film and television rights, please contact Claire Gillespie: claire [at] cheneyagency [dot] com.


For permission requests, please contact Claire Gillespie: claire [at] cheneyagency [dot] com.

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