Founded in 1991, our agency's purpose has remained steadfastto work creatively and honestly with writers to maximize the potential value of their book ideas and aspiring careers. We work primarily with non-fiction and historical fiction authors.
To achieve significant results for our clients, we work closely with them in shaping their ideas into appealing proposals and books. We work with many award-winning authors and leading content experts including: Matt May, Rick Brandon, Lynn Robinson, Jeff Thull, Jeanne Meister, Braden Kelley, Rod Pyle, Ardath Albee, Karen Martin, et. al. Our agency's services include:
digital content coaching
small press consulting
Shawn Murphy and The Optimistic Workplace
Congratulations to Shawn, co-founder of the leadership blog and website www.swithchandshift.com on the publication of his first book, The Optimistic Workplace and to his senior editor at AMACOM Books, Stephen Power, on their successful collaboration!
John Willig, President and Literary Agent
Celebrating 38 years working in publishing, John often says to friends that his career actually began as a Newsday paperboy growing up on Long Island, New York. He was fortunate to be raised in a family whose passions included books, basketball, and gatherings at the beach.
After graduating from Brown University, his first job was as a sales representative in academic publishing. He soon began work as a marketing manager and then editor
for HarperCollins. As his interests moved to trade publishing, he became an executive
editor at Prentice Hall for business books. While at P-Hall, John enjoyed working with such authors as Henry Mintzberg,
Philip Kotler and Jim Collins and acquired Mr.Collins' first book Beyond Entrepreneurship.
In 1991 he decided to become a literary agent to work more closely with writers. Throughout his career as an editor and agent, John has successfully negotiated over 700 publishing agreements.
"I probably would not have secured a deal for Rebuilding Empires in such a short period of time without attending the Pitch Slam. Of the eight agents I met, all wanted a full book proposal. Three eventually wanted to represent me. The agent I selected, John Willig, not only won me a contract with Palgrave Macmillan, but proved to be an indispensable ally and advisor. The value of Pitch Slam is not just finding an agent but finding the right one, who can really advocate for you and your work."
—Thomas Lee, Writers Digest Conference Pitch Slam Attendee
We work worldwide with a great group of publishing professionals. Our scouts and clients are now based across the U.S. and around the world. Our clients work in many countries including Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany, U.K., and China.
Sylvia Tooker, Web Manager
Based in Dallas, Texas, Sylvia Tooker provides virtual web design services to solo professionals, private practitioners, and small businesses nationwide. Having previously worked for small businesses in administrative and office management positions, designing websites for them is a natural fit for her detail-oriented skills and experience.
Shane Bowlin, administrative director, provides support from her office in Gainesville, Florida. She has been assisting authors/small business owners virtually for over 12 years. Shane, a leader in the VA industry, has published articles and ebooks on a variety of topics, and has been interviewed for radio, print, and electronic media.
"Beauty old yet ever new,
eternal voice and
inward word but above all
things, truth beareth away
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