Lynn Nesbit grew up in Dundee, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Speech. She attended the Sorbonne and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. In the fall of 1960, she joined the Sterling Lord Agency, and in 1965 moved to create and run for twenty-three years the literary department for what later became International Creative Management. In January 1989, she co-founded Janklow & Nesbit Associates with Morton Janklow.
Ms. Nesbit has served on the Board of Trustees of Partisan Review, the New York Institute for Humanities and the Literature Council for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently on the Board of the National Book Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1991, she was a recipient of the Matrix Award, presented by New York Women in Communications, Inc. She received the Alumnae Award of 1994 from the Alumnae Board of Northwestern University. In 2013, she and Mr. Janklow were awarded the NYC Literary Honors Award for Literary Life, which celebrates the role of the publishing industry in New York City’s cultural life and economy. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Maxwell E. Perkins Award by the Center for Fiction, which recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States.
Lynn Nesbit represents both fiction and nonfiction writers.