Anna Olswanger is a literary agent, children's book author, Jewish book promoter, miniature book publisher, music licenser, and trainer. Click on the links to the left for more information.
Anna has been a literary agent since 2005 when she joined Liza Dawson Associates in New York. This year she founded Olswanger Literary LLC, where she represents picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction for adults.
She is the author of Shlemiel Crooks, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist, and PJ Library Book, and the just-published Greenhorn. Anna is the co-author of My Shoshana.
Because of her interest in Jewish-themed books, she has created a number of resources for Jewish book authors, including an interview with a psychiatrist about the meaning of Jewish narrative, and online discussion groups for authors and illustrators of Jewish children's books and marketing professionals in the Jewish book world.
She has published several Jewish-themed miniature books for Judaica collectors.
Anna is the rights holder and licenser for the music of Berl Olswanger, a Memphis composer of the 1940's-1960s.
She taught business writing for twelve years at the Johns Hopkins Center for Training and Education, and writing for physicians for five years at Stony Brook University Hospital. She continues to give writing workshops for corporations and universities.
And, finally, through her work as a literary agent of children's books, Anna has developed a special interest in animal advocacy. She is the agent for Jill Robinson and Marc Bekoff's Jasper's Story, the story of a moon bear held captive in a cage by bear farmers in rural China until rescued by Animals Asia, the organization that Jill founded. Anna recommends Jasper's Story to anyone who doubts the intelligence and emotional depth of animals. As a vegan and advocate of kindness to animals, she has compiled a list of links to organizations she is committed to and tweets about. She hopes visitors to this site will click on the links to the left and discover one or more organizations to support.