Deborah Ritchken

Deborah Ritchken has a broad based knowledge of the book world. After college she managed a chain of bookstores in the Midwest; learned editing and production with a small LA-based publishing house, and had positions as a marketing manager at major publishing houses. Deborah was previously with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and the Castiglia Literary Agency.

Deborah is currently looking for lifestyle books, specifically in the areas of food, design and entertaining; pop culture; women’s issues; biography; and current events. Her niche interest is projects about France, including fiction.

A few of her current projects are Vegetarian Salad for dinner: Inventive Plant-Forward Meals by cookbook author and former Bon Appetit Contributing Editor Jeanne Kelley (Rizzoli,2023); Easy Plant-Based Cooking for Two: Delicious: Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Together by Lei Shishak (2022); Modern Kosher: Global Flavors, New Traditions by Michael Gardiner (Rizzoli, 2020) and Cali-Baja Cuisine by Michael Gardiner (Rizzoli, 2023), Southern Lights: Easier, Lighter, and Better-for-You Recipes from the South by Lauren McDuffie (Gibbs Smith, 2023), Glamour and Style: The Beauty of Hedy Lamarr by the official Lamarr biographer, Stephen Michael Shearer (Lyons Press, 2021) and Gloria Swanson: Hollywood’s Original Glamour Queen by Stephen Michael Shearer (Lyons Press, 2023); French from the Market by Hillary Davis, her fifth French cookbook.

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