About Books & Such Literary Management

Janet Kobobel Grant established Books & Such in 1996 after working in the book publishing industry for more than twenty years. She had her own imprint at Zondervan Publishing and served as managing editor of books at Focus on the Family.

In May 2005, Wendy Lawton joined the agency, bringing her business skills, recognition of strong writing, and marketing prowess to the team. In 2010, she was named Vice President of Books & Such.

Rachel Kent also began work at the agency in 2005 as an intern while she earned her degree at the University of California, Davis. She now serves as an agent and represents adult fiction and nonfiction. She also represents some young adult, middle grade, and children’s book authors.

Cynthia Ruchti joined the agency in 2016. She is the author of 21 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has served as president of ACFW.

Rachelle Gardner joined Books & Such in January 2012 after four years as an agent and twelve years in various publishing positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial.

Michelle Ule works as the agency office assistant. She handles behind-the-scenes details and offers opinions on everything from manuscripts to titles for books. Since she has been reading anything and everything for more than 44 years, she’s an invaluable asset to the agency.

Books & Such represents a solid client list and sells books to a wide range of publishers in such categories as women’s fiction, general fiction, nonfiction, gift books, easy readers, and chapter books.


Publishing Houses We Work With:

  • Abingdon
  • AMG
  • Andrews McMeel
  • Atheneum
  • Baker Books
  • Barbour
  • Beacon Hill
  • Bethany House
  • Boyds Mills Press
  • B & H
  • Candlewick Press
  • Cartwheel
  • Center Street
  • David C. Cook
  • Concordia
  • Crossway
  • Doubleday
  • Eerdmans
  • Faith Words
  • Focus on the Family
  • Gospel Light
  • Guideposts
  • Harcourt
  • Harper One
  • Harvest House
  • Herald Press
  • Howard Publishing
  • Hyperion
  • Intervarsity Press
  • Jossey-Bass
  • Kensington
  • Kregel
  • Moody Press
  • Multnomah
  • NavPress
  • Thomas Nelson
  • Penguin Putnam
  • Random House
  • Fleming H. Revell
  • Scholastic
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Sourcebooks
  • Standard Publishing
  • Steeple Hill
  • Tyndale
  • Waterbrook Press
  • Westminster John Knox
  • Wiley
  • Workman
  • Zondervan