Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency

We are a full-service literary agency based in New York City. We draw on our expertise as former publishers to ensure that the material we submit stands out. We’re deeply involved in all aspects of maximizing a book’s life in the marketplace – including the digital, film and licensing worlds.

We love working with our writers to find that perfect fit with a publisher. We’ve launched first-time novelists, we’ve helped successful writers climb to the next stage, and we’ve re-built careers. We are committed to finding the best place for a book and to laying the best path for lifework success.

We work with a wide variety of genres and age levels in both fiction and nonfiction. We thrill to discover a manuscript we simply can't put down.

Many of our titles are award winners. A number hit the New York Times Bestsellers list every year. We enjoy great success in the international market.

Our goal is to build long-running careers.

The Autumn Republic


Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year).

He began writing at fifteen. Encouraged toward writing by his parents, he started working on short stories and novellas in his late teens. He went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University. It was here he met Brandon Sanderson, who encouraged Brian's feeble attempts at plotting and characters more than he should have.

McClellan published his first book, The Promise of Blood, in 2013. The second book, The Crimson Campaign, was released in May 2014. It's a bloody business overthrowing a king—especially when the monarchy rivals the court of Louis the 16th, and the populace has been reduced to famine. THE POWDER MAGE's rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology will appeal to fans of Brian's encourager, Brandon Sanderson.

Field Marshal Tamas' coup against the crown sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brough bread to the starving masses. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, sparked internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and sent Tamas' greedy supposed-allies scrambling for money and power. Stretched to his limits, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including his estranged son Taniel, who is also a brilliant marksman, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.


Golden Son