Literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop has appointed Elizabeth Sheinkman as executive director of the Books Department and senior agent.
Joining the company on 5th October from WME, she will also be a member of PFD’s executive board.
A native New Yorker whose publishing career has spanned both sides of the Atlantic, Sheinkman has worked within the editorial department of Oxford University Press and Alfred A. Knopf in the US before joining the Elaine Markson Literary Agency in 1996. In 2004, she moved to London to set up and run its UK office before joining Curtis Brown UK in 2006 as a senior agent and director, where she continued to represent the Markson Agency in the UK and further develop her own list.
In 2012, Sheinkman moved to WME where she has represented a broad range of award-winning and best-selling authors including, among others, Booker shortlisted author Steve Toltz; PEN International president Jennifer Clement; nutritional therapist Amelia Freer; Rupert Isaacson; New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto; Somerset Maugham fiction award-winner Lucy Wood; and William Sieghart, founder of the prestigious Forward Poetry Prize and National Poetry Day in the UK.
Caroline Michel, c.e.o. of Peters Fraser and Dunlop, said she had always admired Elizabeth and it was a "joy" to welcome her to PFD.
"We are going through a period of rapid growth and exploring so many new directions in the book business," Michel said. "We are lucky to have someone with Elizabeth’s experience and knowledge joining the team and look forward to welcoming her and her clients and growing the business with her.”
Sheinkman said PFD was "a place fuelled" by Michel's "infectious energy".
"I also welcome the chance at this juncture to develop new skills through a role that will enable me to participate in the strategic business development of the company amidst a time of exciting change in the industry," Sheinkman said..