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Featured Appearances
  • Forbes
  • Authors Who Lead
  • Thought Leadership Leverage
  • The Writer Files

Speaking Topics


  • How to Find the Right Book Idea: What Makes Your Topic Unique and Different?
  • The 3 Keys to Book Writing Success
  • The Publishing Process: An Inside Peek
  • Winning Practices and Common Errors Writers Make in Their Query Letters
  • How to Write Your Life’s Story 
  • How To Create an Author Career that Brings You Income (and Joy)

Business and Entrepreneurship

  • What to Expect When Launching a Business
  • How to Create Trusted New Client Relationships
  • Understanding Your Weaknesses to Build the Strongest Teams
  • Establishing Yourself as a Thought Leader
  • Think Outside the ‘No’: Sales and Negotiation Strategies 
  • Why Networking is Vital in Any Career, and How to Do It
  • Female Founders: Tap into Your Superpowers

What People Say

Shauna Brittenham Reiter

“Her intellect, warmth, and command of the industry were undeniably captivating.”

Shauna Brittenham, Nonfiction Writer
Yasin Kakande

I wholeheartedly recommend Lucinda to any aspiring author who seeks not only expert guidance in navigating the publishing world but also a passionate advocate for their unique voice. Her professionalism, knowledge, and genuine desire to make a difference make her an exceptional ally for writers seeking to make their mark.”

Yasin Kakande, Fiction Writer
Sara McElroy

“Lucinda is an aspiring author’s secret weapon. By August, I was thrilled to be offered representation… and by December, I had a book deal!”

Sara McElroy, Author of Women Who Walk
Peter Melnick

“Lucinda Halpern is highly experienced, giving and perceptive—in short, she’s the real deal!

Peter Melnick, Narrative Nonfiction Writer
Serena Quaglia

“Lucinda’s prowess? She is able to guide a creative person’s mind—which fires in a million divergent directions—towards a single, poignant, powerful idea… and then helps refine the idea to ensure it resonates with readers. Masterful!

Serena Quaglia, Nonfiction Writer

For the first time in years [I was reminded] of all I bring to the table. What a boost—Thank you!”

Janine Macbeth, Fiction & Nonfiction Writer

“While it’s obvious Ms. Halpern has been a bridge carrying both novice and established writers to higher levels of success for years, what impressed me the most […] was her humble approach and personalized feedback that better clarified my novel’s genre and made my query letter more compelling to readers.”

Pamela Mshana, Fiction Writer

I “unlearned” several bad strategies I’d been taught in the past.

Aliina Hopkins, Nonfiction Writer

“Lucinda combines a positive attitude with constructive criticism to give authors inspiration and specific guidance. Her experience and advice is relevant for both new authors and those already published. I have renewed hope.”

Heather Buchanan, Memoirist

I left […] confident and very clear about what I need to do to give my manuscript the best chance with an agent.

Rowan Mangan, Fiction Writer

“Illuminating. Learned more from [Lucinda] in minutes than in months and months of feedback from elsewhere. Invaluable!”

Annie Oswald, Fiction Writer

“Lucinda Literary’s programming for would-be authors gives us exactly what we desire: a peek behind the curtain into the labyrinth that is the publishing world and a bespoke path that will take us to the other side. My book concept and proposal have evolved immeasurably.”


About Lucinda Halpern

Literary agent Lucinda Halpern is the founder of Lucinda Literary whose portfolio boasts internationally recognized and New York Times bestselling authors in fiction and nonfiction. Lucinda has a track record of securing major book deals with major publishers, including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Macmillan, and HarperCollins.

Beyond representing established authors, Lucinda is committed to empowering aspiring writers. She offers courses and speeches designed to demystify the confusing world of publishing. Her comprehensive course, Get Signed, inspired her upcoming book by the same name, which released with Hay House and is distributed by Penguin Random House worldwide on February 6, 2024.

Before founding Manhattan-based literary agency Lucinda Literary, she worked in the publicity division of HarperCollins, where she assisted on the media campaign for Freakonomics among other New York Times bestsellers. She later took a management role in Sales and Marketing at Scholastic, before becoming a marketing consultant for Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) and others.

She currently represents New York Times and internationally bestselling authors writing in the categories of business, health, lifestyle, popular science, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction. 

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