Ruckus Media Founder Lands at Literary Agency

[Press Release]

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, the literary and entertainment agency based in Boston and New York, announced today that Rick Richter has joined the firm as an agent based in the firm’s Boston offices.

Rick Richter brings 30 years of diverse publishing experience to Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. He served for over a decade on the Executive Committee of Simon & Schuster separately in the roles of President, Children’s Publishing, and President, Sales and Distribution and he co-founded the prestigious children’s publisher Candlewick Press. Most recently, Richter co-founded the digital media startup, Ruckus Media.

Mr. Richter’s arrival marks a deepening of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth’s commitment to representing the finest literary and entertainment endeavors in New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books, as well as narrative non-fiction in the areas of History and Military History. “Rick Richter will bring tremendous acumen and exciting new energy to our firm’s rapidly growing list of authors writing for children and young adults,” said agency partner Lane Zachary. “Rick is a beloved industry veteran who has helped launch numerous major world class publishing franchises. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Richter has overseen and participated in the editorial, marketing, sales and publicity efforts supporting some 6,00 0 works over the course of his career, focusing on the categories Children’s through New Adult. Franchise bestsellers published under his supervision include; He’s Just Not That Into You (Simon Spotlight Entertainment), Yes Man (SSE), City of Bones – Mortal Instruments (McElderry), The Uglies Series (Simon Pulse), The Spiderwick Chronicles (S&S), Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick), Olivia (Atheneum), and the successful re-launch of classic properties Eloise and Raggedy Ann, working closely with the estates of Kay Thompson and Johnny Gruelle.

“Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is a premier boutique agency with excellent publisher relationships and extensive experience bringing books to film and other platforms, a skill prospective clients should find very applicable” commented Mr. Richter. “I’m honored and extremely excited to join this accomplished firm and to help authors and illustrators find long term success in our rapidly changing publishing marketplace.”

About Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is a full-service literary agency with a reputation for working with high quality authors who create deeply intelligent, beautifully crafted works intended for a wide audience. The firm represents literary, commercial and inspirational fiction, memoirs, biography, history, science, narrative non-fiction and prescriptive books in the areas of business, health, relationships, religion/spirituality, food and wine, fitness, parenting, general psychology and children’s books for all ages.

A full-service entertainment agency, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, has built a sterling reputation in the film and television industries. Each year, ZSH places projects with large film studios such as Warner Bros., Universal, and Fox, major television networks such as CBS, ABC, and NBC and cable networks such as FX, Lifetime, and HBO.


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