Barbara Lowenstein started her publishing career at the Sterling Lord Agency as an assistant to the dramatic agent. She then moved on to Lancer Books, one of the last independent paperback publishers at the time, where she created the first line of trade paperbacks in the industry. There, she published self-help, psychology, how-to, crafts, and cooking titles. After a brief stint as Director of Subsidiary Rights for Walker Books, she started Lowenstein Associates, which allowed her to combine her editorial skills with her gift for selling.
For over four decades, Barbara has represented the international bestselling author M. C. Beaton, called the “Queen of Crime” by the Globe and Mail. Beaton’s two mystery series Agatha Raisin (St. Martin’s) and Hamish Macbeth (Grand Central) have been translated into 19 languages. The Agatha Raisin novels have been adapted into a television series starring Ashley Jensen and has received rave reviews in the New York Times and The Guardian, among many other publications. Four seasons of the series are streaming on Acorn TV and are available on many international broadcasting channels, including Sky Max in the U.K. The Hamish Macbeth series by M. C. Beaton has also been optioned and is in development.
Barbara’s other prominent clients include Ishmael Reed, MacArthur Genius Award winner, essayist, poet, and novelist of Mumbo Jumbo and Flight to Canada; Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and author of the extremely successful career and business books Strategize to Win, Expect to Win, and her latest title Lead to Win: How to Be a Powerful, Impactful, Influential Leader in Any Environment (Penguin Random House, Sept. 2022); and Gordon Thomas, whose critically acclaimed historical nonfiction books, including Gideon’s Spies and Secret Wars, have sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Barbara has also represented Cordelia Fine, winner of the prestigious Royal Society Science Prize (known as the “Booker Prize for science writing”) for Testosterone Rex, which explores and deconstructs myths and assumptions about gender dynamics.
In addition to her work in publishing, Barbara is a longtime political activist and champion of voting rights, women’s rights, racial justice, and many other causes. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Mi Vecino, a grassroots organization dedicated to on-the-ground voter registration in Florida. Barbara is also Co-Chair of the West Palm Beach chapter of Tri-State Maxed Out Women’s PAC, which supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates running for national office.