Santa Rosa, CA. Janet Kobobel Grant, founder and president of Books & Such Literary Management, announced Thursday that Cynthia Ruchti, well-known writer and industry expert will be joining the agency as a literary agent.
“Cynthia is such an obvious choice to excel at agenting. She has a significant network among publishing personnel through her many years serving as faculty at writers conferences; working with ECPA and CBA organizations as the professional relations liaison and past president for ACFW; as well as being a multi-published author herself,” Janet said. “And she’s personally connected to many authors, especially through her work with ACFW.”
Cynthia says she’s delighted to join the Books & Such team. “My passion for championing writers and the power of the written word—the undeniable impact of story—combined with my appreciation for the publishing industry and those who serve readers made this opportunity intriguing,” Cynthia said. “My high respect for the Books & Such Literary Management team and legacy solidified the decision. In some ways, my heart was ready before the invitation came.”
Books & Such is one of the premier agencies in the CBA market. The agency represents some of the top authors in the industry, including Julie Klassen, Robin Jones Gunn, Joanna Weaver, Rachel Held Evans, and Lauraine Snelling. Cynthia will join four other agents: Wendy Lawton, vice president; Rachel Kent, Mary Keeley, and Rachelle Gardner. Coming from a rich background in editing and publishing, Janet Grant started the agency twenty-one years ago, when few agents worked in the CBA industry. Books & Such believes in taking a long-term approach to career planning for authors and in matching the author, product and book to the perfect publisher.
“Cynthia’s ability to articulate what makes a project special and her winsome ways will serve her well. I’m thrilled to have her join the team of Books & Such agents and giddy about how fun it will be to work with her,” Grant said. Cynthia will represent both adult fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on nonfiction.