Mel Parker Books, LLC is both a literary agency and a book packaging firm.
As a literary agency, we focus primarily on high-profile narrative nonfiction, current affairs, business books, politics, science, psychology, lifestyle, pop culture, memoir and biography. Agented titles include newsmaking nonfiction such as the New York Times bestselling The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (Knopf), The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century by Dickson Despommier (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press), and Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It by Amy Cortese (Wiley).
As a full-service book producer/packager, we specialize in practical nonfiction, developing titles for individuals, brands, and institutional entities. In our capacity as a book producer and book packager, we create original ideas for books, develop and finance publishing proposals, and deliver fully edited manuscripts or complete electronic files to publishers. Some packaged books include The Structure House Weight Loss Plan for Fireside/Simon & Schuster, One Minute Manners for Doubleday/Broadway, and the American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness for John Wiley & Sons.
We are always looking for high-profile, media-savvy authors who are thought leaders in their fields of expertise, and who have a unique and marketable message or story that can be conveyed across multiple platforms--from speaking engagements to radio and television appearances to social media.
In either of these capacities, as a book producer commissioning and developing our own original projects from start to finish, or as a literary agency representing clients on the sales of their own proposals and manuscripts, Mel Parker Books works with all our authors through every phase of the publishing process, including promotion, marketing and global licensing.
BOOK AND AUTHOR NEWS
Mel Parker Books just sold Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett's story of the revival of Oklahoma City from turmoil and tragedy to one of the most dynamic cities in the country, to Putnam, at auction.
Coming in Spring 2016 to Harper Perennial, Jennifer Grayson’s UNLATCHED, an examination of the breastfeeding controversy, telling the story of how history, politics, culture and big business have influenced the feeding of our young, and exploring the profound implications for our health, our connection to the natural world, and the future of our children.
Praise for DATE-ONOMICS by Jon Birger (Workman, September 2015):
“Date-Onomics is the Moneyball of dating. College-educated women wanting to improve their odds in today’s wacky marriage ‘market’ will be dog-earing its pages.”
—Jean Chatzky, NBC’s Today show financial editor and the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Difference and Money 911
"Birger offers a compelling answer to the question, ‘Where are all the good guys?’ I would have said ‘Argentina.’ But now I’m thinking of heading to Aspen. Read Date-onomics and find out why.”
--Kristin Newman, author of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding and former co-executive producer of CBS's How I Met Your Mother
"A fascinating look at romance and what’s going on with the mating rituals of homo sapiens today. This book will surprise and enlighten you."
— AJ Jacobs, author of New York Times bestsellers The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All
"The modern single woman looking for love will read this book and finally understand where the men are - and aren’t – and then quickly pass it along to all her well-meaning friends and family who just can’t understand why she’s still single. Jon Birger takes the reader on a well-researched and fascinating journey to prove why it’s not her; it’s the Date-onomics!"
--Melanie Notkin, bestselling author of Savvy Auntie and Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness
"Provides fascinating evidence to show how and why dating and mating culture in America has changed in the 21st century. "
Media for DATE-ONOMICS:
Cosmopolitan, October issue
Women’s Health, October issue
Fast Company, November/December issue (special anniversary issue)
Kirkus, April 14
UWire, September (Syndicated article to college newspapers)
Brown Alumni Magazine, September/October issue
Associated Press, TK
New York Times – Op-Ed
New York Post--Feature
TIME – Excerpt, September
ABC News Fusion.net – August
Fortune Live – interview
Yahoo! Finance – interview
Targeted Facebook Advertising
Good Morning America, 8/26
ABC News / Radio Satellite Tour, September 7th
NPR/On Point, August 14
WNYC-FM “Brian Lehrer Show”, September 8th
EMILY PARKER'S NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE: VOICES FROM THE INTERNET UNDERGROUND was published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux in February 2014, and is now out in paperback from FSG.
Praise for NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE:
“Parker’s book Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground is a rigorously researched and reported account that reads like a thriller . . . It’s been a while since I have read a book that is so entertaining, not to mention one so encouraging for the culture of liberty.”
-- Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize–winning author of The War of the End of the World and The Time of the Hero
“The heroes of this terrific book are ‘internet foot soldiers,’ not the usual foreign ministers and businessmen, and those soldiers are changing Russia, China, and Cuba...and the world. Emily Parker is among the handful of most promising new foreign policy commentators who weave together culture, society and politics with hard facts and clear analysis.”
-- Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
“Emily Parker tells us enthralling and beautifully detailed stories about bloggers and Internet activists in China, Russia, and Cuba, showing us the power of human connection even as she describes and analyzes it. The combination of her humanism and keen insight illuminates dimensions of the Internet that we so often miss, the ways it can create the personal ties and trust that are the foundation of collective action. A great read for both the nightstand and the scholar's shelf.”
-- Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of The New America Foundation, and Former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department
“Now I Know Who My Comrades Are is a timely and necessary book. Story by story, Emily Parker shows how the Internet has changed lives and social realities in three oppressive countries. The clarity, honesty and intelligence of her writing make this book both admirable and enjoyable.”
-- Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash
"In this fascinating book, Parker shows that the Internet affects politics by affecting the psychology of its users. Now I Know Who My Comrades Are demonstrates how much it can matter for citizens to have a voice, and to discover that they are not alone."
-- Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
"This book is about 20 times better reported or written than any book every written about the Internet, period."
-- Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
"This book is a must read for anyone interested in how the Internet and social media serve as instruments of change in societies where information has been tightly controlled by authoritarian regimes. Through a wealth of personal anecdotes enriched by judicious commentary, Emily Parker deftly shows both the possibilities and limitations of the Internet's ability to promote greater political openness.”
-- J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China, Singapore and Indonesia.
Media for NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE:
The New Republic: Review by Mario Vargas Llosa
Review by Mario Vargas Llosa in El Pais
MSNBC: All in With Chris Hayes
The New Yorker
Wall Street Journal, Gordon Crovitz column
Wall Street Journal review
NPR: Tavis Smiley
NPR: Brian Lehrer
Voice of America
CNN: Reliable Sources
Wall Street Journal TV
Course adoptions at the Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia University, Yale University, Tufts University.
Interviewing Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, at World Hosting Days in Pennsylvania in May, 2015.
Speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, 2015.
Speaker at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC in September 2015.