Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Rica Allannic of the David Black Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Rica Allannic, a literary agent with the David Black Agency with 20 years of publishing experience, specializes in representing authors writing cookbooks and narrative nonfiction and helping authors from diverse backgrounds tell the stories that are important to them. 

(20 Literary Agents Actively Seeking Writers and Their Writing.)

A graduate of New York City public schools and Yale University, Rica worked in professional kitchens before joining the editorial team at Scribner (Simon & Schuster). As VP and Executive Editor at Clarkson Potter (Penguin Random House), she acquired and edited books by bestselling authors David Chang, Christina Tosi, Luke Barr, and Mimi Thorisson (now a client). 

Rica brings her love of food and everything French as well as her Puerto Rican heritage to her role as a literary agent and uses her unique editorial experience to help clients shape their projects and to advocate for them at every stage of the publishing process.

Rica Allannic

Currently Seeking

Cooking, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, history, science, and select memoir projects. Please note that Rica does not represent fiction at this time.

How to Submit

Prospective writers can query Rica via email. Learn more on her submission page:


Research, interview, and explore the subjects that interest you. Then write about what you’ve learned in Writing Nonfiction 101: Fundamentals. Writing nonfiction is a great way for beginner and experienced writers to break into the publishing industry.

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