Max Sinsheimer

Sinsheimer Literary, LLC

My Manuscript Wish List®

I launched my agency in the Fall of 2016 after nearly seven years as an editor at Oxford University Press. I represent exclusively adult nonfiction, across a range of genres but with a particular interest in food and culture, history, popular science, and social issues.

As a former academic editor, I welcome scholarly works that I think can reach a crossover trade market. For instance, a few food studies and “issues” books I’ve represented include Marion Nestle’s Unsavory Truth (Basic Books), Michael Jacobson’s Salt Wars (MIT Press), and Catherine Donnelly’s Ending the War on Artisan Cheese (Chelsea Green).

At the moment I’m less interested in cookbooks, unless there is a very clear sales hook; for instance, I recently sold Feeding Your Family the Anti-Inflammatory Way (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster), which was written by a team of chefs, pediatricians, and integrative nutritionists. I’m not likely to take on personality- or restaurant-driven cookbooks. But I am on the lookout for great place-specific food narratives; for instance, I just sold a sake travelogue called Rice, Water, Earth (Tuttle Publishing), in which the authors travel to 33 centuries-old sake breweries in Japan and meet the master brewers, yeast hunters, mold merchants, and bartenders who make sake culture a complete and alluring universe unto itself.

There’s more on my plate (pun!) than just food. In fact I represented the opposite of food with Fast (Abrams Press), a book about the new science of fasting. I’d love to take on more popular science, particularly where there is a personal narrative woven in.

I’m also keen to represent environmental and social issues books, having worked on Disposable City (Nation Books), about Miami’s existential sea level rise crisis, and If I Don’t Make It, I Love You (Skyhorse), an anthology of narratives from school shooting survivors. I’m not afraid to take on difficult, depressing topics, but I do expect the writer to leave the reader with something hopeful to cling to.

Really though, I have eclectic taste and I want to see more pitches in my inbox. So if you have an exceptional nonficti0n manuscript (or even just a complete proposal and sample chapter), I want to see it!

Fun facts about me:

I founded my agency after spending seven years as an editor at Oxford University Press, where I mainly oversaw their food and drink Companion series, including The Oxford Companion to BeerThe Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, and The Oxford Companion to Cheese. There were a lot of delicious perks along the way!

I ran my first marathon in Fall 2019, and became intimately familiar with Prospect Park; the Brooklyn Marathon ends with 5(!) laps around the park.

I’m in a ping-pong league, and I bring my own paddle, so you know I am serious about it.

I play a lot of online chess, but somehow my rating never deviates much from 1400.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

To submit your work for consideration:

  • Email me at Write QUERY and the title of your book in the subject line.

  • In the body of your email tell me briefly who you are (including your publishing history – don’t be dissuaded if you are a debut author!) and an overview of your book… i.e., the traditional query letter.

  • Attach the full proposal, which should include a detailed TOC and a sample chapter. Format the proposal as a PDF. This ensures that I can open and read the attachment from whatever device I happen to be on.

  • If you don’t receive a response within three weeks, please resend your query and indicate that you’re sending it again. I will try to read and respond to all emails quickly, but sometimes may need a second prompting.

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