Ladderbird is a boutique literary agency with a passion for bringing marginalized voices to the forefront. We work with authors at all levels to create the right path towards achieving each author's specific goals. It is our passion to create long lasting relationships and to be the best advocate for our clients. At Ladderbird, we believe in building a supportive community that benefits all.
We are committed to serving under-represented communities in the literary space. Our foundation is in helping new authors build their careers. Ladderbird is only accepting new clients from diverse backgrounds, especially BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and all others who have been systemically excluded in literature.
At Ladderbird, we often get asked the origin of our name. Like all things we do here, it comes from a place of love, laughter, and the desire to uplift authors! When we decided to open the agency, we wanted to create a name that was memorable, but really spoke to our values. What better symbol could there be to show how stories can make the mind soar than a bird?
In the immortal words of Maya Angelou, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Then we thought about our role in the process of getting those stories out into the world. Our job as agents is to give author’s that extra lift to start a bit higher than they could on their own. What device can be used to help you get higher? A ladder!
For decades, centuries really, some people have started from higher ground with easier access to getting their words into the hands of readers. At Ladderbird, we want to be a tool to help give rise to more equity, more access, and more voices reaching out to more audiences than history has ever embraced.
It is with a lot of love and dedication that we continue to strive to give marginalized writers lift to soar!