What Makes Us Unique

At Solow Literary, we pride ourselves on the level of attention, guidance, and care we provide our clients at all stages of a book project's development.

Our clients have referred to us as their "creative midwives," reflecting our hands-on editorial involvement in shaping and developing book proposals and manuscripts for sale to publishers.

Once a book deal is made, our commitment to the project continues. We consult with our clients regarding publicity and marketing opportunities and strive to expand our clients' audience and sales by leveraging opportunities to migrate our clients’ content beyond the bookshelf. On behalf of our clients we explore licensing and branding opportunities including PBS productions, film deals and other avenues through which our clients can grow as experts in their fields.

To maintain our reputation for quality services, our client list is kept small. We only take on projects for which we feel considerable passion, projects that are unique, marketable, and well written, and those that make positive contributions.

We believe that "quality" not "quantity" is the road to our success.


Bonnie Solow

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After many years as a journalist and film and publishing executive, Bonnie found her true calling when she established Solow Literary Enterprises in 1997.  Curious and adventurous by nature, Bonnie has traveled and lived around the globe.  She has kayaked in Alaska, trekked across New Zealand, salsa danced in Havana, communed with elephants in Laos, and lived for a year in a Calabrian village where the residents speak medieval French.  Oh, and when she was younger she was kissed by Elvis, worked as Joe Cocker's maid, and babysat for Bob Dylan's kids.  Her Italian is pretty decent.

Bonnie has spoken to writers at the Stanford Writer’s Workshop, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and The Authors Guild.


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Foreign Rights: Taryn Fagerness

Before opening her own agency in March 2009, Taryn Fagerness was an agent and subsidiary rights manager at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She's sold subsidiary rights for New York Times bestselling authors such as Lisa See, Amy Tan, and Seth Godin, as well as first-time authors and everyone in between, in nearly all genres including literary and commercial fiction, history, self-help, and business. She has exceptional relationships with foreign co-agents, foreign publishers, and scouts, and handles all aspects of selling foreign rights, from attending international book fairs to submitting, negotiating, and tracking titles through publication and beyond.

For foreign rights inquiries please contact Taryn Fagerness at Taryn Fagerness Literary Agency.


Solow Literary Mascot: Tullah

Tullah comes to us from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.  After three months of bouncing from home to home in her earlier career as a puppy, she is now happily employed as a professional distractor, retrieval machine, and tail wagger here at Solow Literary.  She is keen on animal-centric stories, preferably those with happy endings.

Photo by Humane Society of Silicon Valley

Photo by Humane Society of Silicon Valley