CSG LITERARY PARTNERS recently merged with MDM Management, founded by Michele Martin in 2010, creating a boutique agency of high quality non-fiction titles.
The agency is run by Steve Harris and Gabriel Harris, Our strength is in helping authors to develop saleable proposals, to acquire and negotiate publishing contracts on their behalf, and to provide general management of both the books and the author's writing career. With over four decades of publishing expertise, we focus on helping authors to market and promote their books and themselves.
We’re always a phone call or an email away, with prompt responses if you do happen to go into voicemail, and our authors are kept completely up-to-date on an immediate basis as to interest in their project, or the unfortunate turn-downs. It’s your project, and we make you part of the process!
We specialize in guiding the careers of our authors in a changing literary landscape. We take our authors through a process that helps them to identify and define exactly what their books are and then assist them in creating powerful and winning book proposals. Our strong industry contacts allow us to pair each book and author with the perfect editor and publisher. We maintain strong and involved relationships with our authors and their works throughout the entire publishing process right through to marketing and sales.
To judge our interest in your work, please email a carefully crafted and brief query letter. If you do have a book proposal, feel free to attach it as a Word or PDF document.
We are interested in:
Memoir and Children’s Non-Fiction, but only if heavily platformed!
We do NOT handle poetry, fiction, computer, religion, children’s or memoir (again, unless there is a sizable platform associated with it).
We usually respond very quickly, but if you have not heard anything back within a week or two, feel free to send an email requesting the status. We’re human – emails sometime slip through cracks or find their way into email heaven.
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) and Dr. John Waddell, SUCCULENT WILD LOVE: FEELING MORE LOVE MORE OFTEN, New World Library, Summer, 2015
Alexis Wolfer -- THE RADIANT BRIDE, Running Press, 2015; THE RECIPE FOR RADIANCE: Discover Beauty's Best Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen, Running Press, April, 2014;
Natalie Norcross, THE 7 SUCCESS SECRETS OF MOM ENTREPRENEURS: DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE AND BUILD A LIFE OF ABUNDANCE, Currently shopping it.
Barbara Stanny, SACRED SUCCESS: A Course in Financial Miracles, BenBella Books, October, 2014
Rob-Jan de Jong - ANTICIPATE: THE ART OF LEADING BY LOOKING AHEAD, Amacom, Winter, 2014
Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, BUILD YOUR DREAMS: HOW TO MAKE A LIVING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE, Running Press, 2013
Bryan Koz, COOK ME A STORY: A TREASURY OF KITCHEN-TIME TALES, Currently shopping it.
Patricia Ottaviano - THAT COOL GIRL IS YOU: A GUIDE TO SURVIVING SCHOOL…ONE DIRTY LOOK AT A TIME, Sourcebooks, Summer, 2015
12 Year-Old Marshall Reid and Author Mom Alexandra – PORTION SIZE ME: A KID-DRIVEN PLAN TO A HEALTHIER FAMILY, Sourcebooks, 2012
Averie Sunshine, PEANUT BUTTER COMFORT: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats, Skyhorse Publishing, 2013, HC
Marci Izard, A COOKBOOK WITH FEELINGS: NOURISHING YOUR WHOLE SELF, Publishing contract being negotiated, Fall 2015
HEALTH AND BEAUTY:
NY Times Bestselling Author Lissa Rankin, M.D. – MIND OVER MEDICINE, Hay House, May, 2013 – A NY Times Bestseller; FEAR CURE, Hay House, March, 2015 ANATOMY OF A CALLING: A ROAD MAP FOR AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE, Contract currently being negotiated, Winter, 2015
Linden Schaffer, WELL ON THE ROAD: A HOW-TO FOR HEALTIER TRAVEL, Currently shopping it.
Dr. Edward Friedman with William Cane, THE NEW TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT: HOW YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR CAN FIGHT BREAST CANCER, PROSTATE CANCER, AND ALZHEIMER’S, Prometheus Books, June, 2013
Paige Padgett, SEXY AND CIVILIZED: A 3-DAY ACTION PLAN TO GREEN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE (Foreword by Jillian Michaels), Currently shopping it.
Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman -- THE MEATY TRUTH: THE STINKING FACTS ABOUT OUR FOOD, Skyhorse Publishing, October, 2014
Tom McBride and Ron Nief - Authors of the Internet’s Annual Mindset List since 1998. Wiley Published their first book, THE MINDSET LIST OF AMERICAN HISTORY, and their 2nd book, THE MINDSET LIST OF THE OBSCURE: 74 Famously Forgotten American Icons from A to Z, Sourcebooks, September, 2014
Samuel Crompton, WASHINGTON THE SOLDIER: AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY, Currently being shopped.
Mike Sullivan, THE HOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO ROOFTOP SOLAR ENERGY, Currently shopping it.
Eve and Faye Lederman - LETTERS FROM MY SISTER: ON LOVE, LIFE AND HAIR REMOVAL - Skyhorse Publishing, Fall, 2014
Lisa Blythe Perlman - MOMMY-PHOBIA, currently being shopped.
Amy and Matt Baumgardner, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD: A LOVE STORY OF HOPE, FORGIVENESS, AND REDEMPTION, HCI Books, September, 2014
Kara Sundlun – FINDING DAD, FROM “LOVE CHILD” TO DAUGHTER, Behler Publications, November, 2014
Jimmy Sturr – POLKA KING: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF POLKA MUSIC’S LIVING LEGEND, Foreword by Willie Nelson, Bobby Vinton, and Bill Anderson – BenBella Books, 2013
Laurie Rubin – DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR?: INSIGHTS FROM A GIRL WITHOUT SIGHT – Seven Stories, 2012
Timothy Masters, with Steve Lehto – DRAWN FROM INJUSTICE: THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF TIMOTHY MASTERS – Berkley, 2012
NY Times Bestselling Author Gabrielle Bernstein, MIRACLES NOW: 108 LIFE-CHANGING TOOLS FOR LESS STRESS, MORE FLOW, AND FINDING YOUR TRUE PURPOSE, Hay House, April, 2014; MAY CAUSE MIRACLES: 40-DAY GUIDEBOOK OF SUBTLE SHIFTS FOR RADICAL CHANGE AND UNLIMITED HAPPINESS, Harmony/Random House
Ben Jamison, CHURCH-FREE SPIRTUALITY: HOW TO CRAFT A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF RELIGION, Currently shopping it.
Chris Grosso, WE ARE THE STORM: A COME AS YOU ARE INVITATION TO SPIRITUAL TRANFORMATION, Sounds True, Fall, 2015, INDIE SPIRTUALIST: A NO BULLSHIT EXPLANATION OF SPIRITUALITY, Beyond Words/Atria, March, 2014
Alana Kaivalya – SACRED SOUND: DISCOVERING THE MYTH AND MEANING OF MANTRA AND KIRTAN, New World Library, April, 2014; FOLLOWING BLISS: A USER’S GUIDE TO THE HERO’S JOURNEY, Currently being shopped.
Christine Hassler – EXPECTATION HANGOVERS: OVERCOMING DISAPPOINTMENT IN WORK, LOVE, AND LIFE -- New World Library, September, 2014
NY TIMES Bestselling Author Lissa Rankin, M.D., ANATOMY OF A CALLING: A ROAD MAP FOR AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE, Contract currently being negotiated, Winter, 2015
John Holland –John Holland is an internationally renowned psychic medium and teacher who lectures, demonstrates, and reads for private clients. He’s been featured on The History Channel, A&E, Unsolved Mysteries, and in numerous articles; as well as becoming a familiar voice on radio stations throughout the world.
Mike Robbins – NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU DO: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way, Hay House, May, 2014
Latham Thomas - MAMA GLOW: A GUIDE TO YOUR FABULOUS ABUNDANT PREGNANCY, Hay House, 2012, with another as yet untitled book on the way.
Anne Zachry - RETRO BABY: CUT BACK ON ALL THE GEAR AND BOOST YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT WITH MORE THAN 100 TIME-TESTED ACTIVITIES, American Academy of Pediatrics, October, 2013
Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen – THE ESSENTIAL HOMEBIRTH GUIDE: FOR FAMILIES PLANNING OR CONSIDERING BIRTHING AT HOME, Gallery/Pocket, 2013, BEYOND THE SCAR: A HOLISTIC GUIDE TO CESAREAN RECOVERY, Currently being shopped
Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters – ATTACHMENT PREGNANCY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BONDING WITH YOUR BABY, Adams Media, December 2013
Steve Lehto – CHRYSLER’S TURBINE CAR Foreword by Jay Leno, Chicago Review Press, 2010; AMERICAN MURDER HOUSES, Berkley, Fall, 2013; THE GREAT AMERICAN JETPACK, Chicago Review Press, 2013, PRESTON TUCKER: THE REVOLUTIONARY CAR DESIGNER AND HIS BATTLE TO PRODUCE THE CAR OF TOMORROW, Foreword by Jay Leno – Chicago Review Press, 2014, DRAWN TO INJUSTICE: THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF TIMOTHY MASTERS, Berkley, 2012; PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD AND DODGE CHARGER DAYTONA: THE UNTOLD STORY, CarTech Auto Books, Winter, 2015
Tom McBride, DIGITOPIA: A PORTRAIT OF LIFE ON EARTH IN 2099 (Afterword by Ron Nief), Currently shopping it.
Amy B. Scher, BE HEALED, BE HAPPY: A TOTAL SELF-HEALING METHOD FOR MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT, Llewellyn, Winter, 2015
Jennie Lee, THE MAP TO HAPPY: YOGA’S 8 STEP FORMULA FOR A JOYFUL LIFE, Llewellyn, Winter, 2016
Steve Sisgold - Successful author, speaker and trainer has appeared on Oprah, PBS and Montel. His previous bestselling book from McGraw Hill was, What’s Your Body Telling You?
Andrea Owen - 52 WAYS TO LIVE A KICK-ASS LIFE: BS-FREE WISDOM TO IGNITE YOUR INNER BADASS AND LIVE THE LIFE YOU DESERVE, Adams Media, January, 2014
Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn, Steve Satterly, Sony Shepherd(principals of Safe Havens International) - STAYING ALIVE: HOW TO ACT FAST AND SURVIVE DEADLY ENCOUNTERS - Barron's Educational - May, 2014
Shannon Kaiser - ADVENTURES FOR YOUR SOUL: 21 WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HABITS AND REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL (Foreword by Kristine Carlson) Berkley, Summer, 2015
Amy Johnson, PhD, 19 SECRETS TO STOP ANY HABIT EASILY: HOW SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES AND BRAIN SCIENCE CAN PUT AN END TO BAD HABITS, New Harbinger Press, Fall, 2015
Luis Castillo - Former NY Yankee Batboy nicknamed Squeegie by Derek Jeter. CLUBHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL: A YANKEE BATBOY’S INSIDER TALE OF WILD NIGHTS, GAMBLING, AND GOOD TIMES WITH MODERN BASEBALL’S GREATEST TEAM has been published in HC and PB BY St. Martin’s Press. Currently selling the children’s version entitled, A BRONX BOMBER’S DREAM.
"Steven is exactly what you hope for when seeking an agent - responsive, passionate, intelligent, persistent, tactful, and connected. They make an amazing team - the perfect balance of big picture thinking and detail-orientation. They helped us refine our proposal into something we are truly proud of and they secured an amazing deal for us beyond what we ever expected." -- Chip Hiden/Alexis Irvin, BUILDING YOUR DREAMS, Running Press, September, 2013
“Steven Harris is a fabulous agent. He is extremely responsive to my needs and he seems to know everyone in the business. That goes a long way toward getting deals done.” Steve Lehto, Author of the upcoming AMERICAN MURDER HOUSES, Berkley and PRESTON TUCKET, Chicago Review Press; the just published the GREAT AMERICAN JET PACK, Chicago Review Press, CHRYSLER’S TURBINE CAR, Chicago Review Press; and Co-Author DRAWN TO INJUSTICE, Berkley.
"Steve Harris' knowledge of how to represent authors is encyclopedic. With astute strategies, perennial honesty, consistent candor, and always ready follow-up, he's simply the best there is. If you have a good book in want of publishers and readers, you will not do better than Steve, who loves books as much as he knows how to sell them." Tom McBride and Ron Nief, Creators of the Internet’s popular annual Mindset List, author of THE MINDSET LIST OF AMERICAN HISTORY, Wiley, and the forthcoming THE MINDSET LISTS OF WHAT MOST AMERICANS HAVE FORGOTTEN, Sourcebooks.
MOST RECENT SALES / FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Gabrielle Bernstein -- MIRACLES NOW: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose -- Hay House -- April, 2014
Shannon Kaiser -- MENTAL MAKEOVER: 21 Therapeutic Adventures For Your Soul to Fearlessly Live Your Full Potential -- Berkley -- Spring, 2015
Amy Ahlers and Christine Arylo -- REFORM YOUR INNER MEAN GIRL: 9 Steps to Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Love -- Beyond Words/Atria -- Spring, 2015
Mike Robbins -- NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU DO: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way -- New World Library -- May, 2014
Rob-Jan deJong - THE VISION THING: Mastering Leadership’s Most Challenging Feature -- Amacom -- Winter, 2014
Amy and Matt Baumgardner with Cynthia DiTiberio -- FROM THIS DAY FORWARD -- HCI Books -- Spring, 2015
Eve and Faye Lederman -- LETTERS FROM MY SISTER: On Life, Love and Hair Removal -- Skyhorse Publishing -- September, 2014
Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman -- THE MEATY TRUTH: The Stinking Facts About Our Food – Skyhorse Publishing -- October, 2014
Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters -- ATTACHMENT PREGNANCY -- Adams Media -- December, 2013
Lissa Rankin, M.D. – THE FEAR CURE – Hay House -- May, 2013 -- NY Times Bestseller
Kara Sundlun - FINDING DAD -- Behler Publications -- Fall, 2014
Michael Dorn, Chris Dorn, Steve Satterly, Sony Shepherd (principals of Safe Havens International) -- STAYING ALIVE: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters -- Barron's Educational -- May, 2014
Barbara Stanny – SACRED SUCCESS: A Course in Financial Miracles – BenBella Books -- Fall, 2014
Chris Grosso – INDIE SPIRITUALIST: A NO BULLSHIT EXPLORATION OF SPIRITUALITY -- Beyond Words/Atria -- March, 2014
Tom McBride and Ron Nief – THE MINDSET LIST OF THE OBSCURE: 75 Famously Forgotten American Icons From A - Z - Sourcebooks -- September, 2014
Steve Lehto - PRESTON TUCKER: THE REVOLUTIONARY CAR DESIGNER AND HIS BATTLE TO PRODUCE THE CAR OF TOMORROW, Foreword by Jay Leno – Chicago Review Press
Alana Kaivalya – SACRED SOUND: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan -- New World Library -- April, 2014
Christine Hassler – EXPECTATIONS HANGOVERS: HOW TO LEVERAGE DISAPPOINTMENT INTO ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT -- New World Library – Audio Rights sold to Brilliance Audio
Anne Zachry – RETRO BABY: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities – American Academy of Pediatrics -- October, 2013
Alexis Wolfer - THE RECIPE FOR RADIANCE: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen - Running Press -- April, 2014
Steve Lehto - AMERICAN MURDER HOUSES - Berkley -- Fall, 2014
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Steven Harris has worked for Warner Books, The New American Library, Penguin, and The Overlook Press, and was an agent who founded and ran International Publisher Associates with Joseph DeRogatis. Together, they successfully marketed "The Cyndi Lauper Scrapbook," "Shelli Sonstein's Thoroughly Tasteful Dirty Jokebook," "The Pediatrician's A-Z Guide," and the critically acclaimed "Under the Clock," among many others.
Email with a query letter. Perfectly acceptable to attach a professional book proposal. If you're not sure how to prepare one, feel free to email us for book proposal format instructions.