1. a few of my favorite things

    phở, tacos!, anything spicy, the ocean, extra dirty martinis, and improv comedy!

Sally Ekus

President and Lead Agent

Sally Ekus is a Senior Literary Agent at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency where she spearheads The Ekus Group, a boutique culinary division specializing in cookbook and lifestyle titles. She represents a wide range of culinary, health, wellness, and lifestyle talent, from first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, RDs, professional food writers, bloggers, online creators, and journalists. From concept to contract, she has brokered over 300 book deals with top publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and numerous indie publishers. Sally also hosts an online community called How to be a Cookbook Author where she posts a wide range of general publishing news, agency programing, and facilitates connections among the community.

Sally loves cooking and conceptualizing new spicy dishes. She is a dedicated supporter and previous board member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society New England Chapter and currently sits on the board of Happier Valley Comedy. She is an active member of The Women’s Presidents’ Organization Hartford chapter, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Women’s Media Group, The Association of American Literary Agents, and the Cherry Bombe Bombesquad among other organizations. She is a mom, taco lover, and improvisor.

Sally’s newsletter, Not So Secret Agent, unveils the secrets of cookbook publishing.


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    Lisa Ekus