Luke Janklow

People category

Luke Janklow
Managing Director
Literary Agent

Luke Janklow represents an eclectic and broad list of authors with multiple talents ranging from imaginative storytelling to broadcast and print journalism, politics and entertainment. There is one governing principle to Luke’s taste: books that are prime examples of their type, successful at what they’re trying to be…with natural storytelling and strong voices. His list features fiction and narrative nonfiction, idea books, disruptors, entertainment, sports and cookbooks as well as some design. In fiction, satire is a particular personal favorite, as is high concept science fiction, big ambitious novels, humor, thrillers/spy stories and young adult.

Luke is focused on where publishing is going and what it will look like in the near and far future. He is open to exploring new publishing ideas and how authors can maximize and broaden their earning power and cultural impact.

Having graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Cinema Studies and Art History, Luke is engaged by the worlds of film, television and digital. He is also exploring branding, products and other unusual ways for storytellers to expand their reach with a particular eye towards the way technology is effecting the way stories are told, distributed and consumed.

As a professional musician who once wrote and made records, Luke’s experience in the music business provided valuable lessons that he applies to his work with authors. As a songwriter, he experienced how difficult it is to sit alone and create something and then present it to a sometimes indifferent world. Creating an original work takes imagination and guts; artists and authors need strong advocates in their corner. He saw the music business implode in the digital revolution, and sees preventable parallels that publishing can avoid in this transitional time.

We are in the storytelling business and there are stories everywhere.

Selected authors

  • Robert Baer
  • Tilly Bagshawe
  • Max Barry
  • Beastie Boys
  • Kelly Killoren Bensimon
  • Seamus Blackley
  • April Bloomfield
  • John Branch
  • Gail Buckland
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Alan Cumming
  • Charles Cumming
  • Gideon Defoe
  • Nacho Figueras
  • Amy Goodman
  • David Goodman
  • Austin Grossman
  • Brian Haig
  • Dan Harris
  • James Hatch
  • Robert Hilburn
  • Jilliane Hoffman
  • Calvin Klein
  • Padma Lakshmi
  • Robert Levy
  • Chelsea Manning
  • Demi Moore
  • Glenn O'Brien
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • DJ Patil
  • Alison Riley
  • David L. Robbins
  • Peter Sagal
  • Karley Sciortino
  • Plum Sykes
  • Steven Van Zandt
  • Guy Walters
  • Joe Walsh
  • Christy Wampole
  • Emma Watson
  • Leslie Williamson