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
Jon Birger is giving a Date-Onomics talk at the 92nd Street Y on September 12.
Mel Parker Books sold Oklahoma City Mayor and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Mick Cornett's narrative nonfiction account of the revival of Oklahoma City, along with stories, insights and anecdotes from other cities around the country that speak to the creativity, vitality and rebirth of Middle America and mid-size cities everywhere, to Putnam, at auction.
Mel Parker Books also sold THE LOYALIST TEAM: The Truth About Teams and How to Make Yours Great by Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein and Rebecca Teasdale, partners in an all-female business consulting firm, written with Jody Berger, who provide a new model for team-building, to Public Affairs/Perseus, to be published in 2017.
Coming in July 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.
Advance Praise for UNLATCHED:
“UNLATCHED is a deeply engaging, highly personal, well researched, and thoughtfully balanced account of how modern society has denormalized breastfeeding. Jennifer Grayson does not expect every mother to follow her example and breastfeed babies for three or four years. Instead, she asks us to consider how formula feeding became the norm and how government policies perpetuate it as the norm (see especially the stunning chapter on the Women, Infants, and Children program). She argues compellingly that our challenge as a society is to restore breastfeeding as the default for feeding babies, and to provide the support—political as well as emotional--that mothers need to breastfeed successfully.”--Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat.
“Grayson’s book beautifully explains how we got to the breastfeeding brouhaha that exists in America today. This book is recommended reading for anyone who has breasts or loves them.”-Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
“I’m hearing more and more that the root of much evil in our bad health is formula-feeding instead of breastfeeding, and with terrific investigative chops Jennifer Grayson nails the most insidious part of this: the government’s role in hocking formula to the most vulnerable among us." -Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author of Salt, Sugar, Fat
“UNLATCHED is an intelligent, often funny, deftly written page-turner. Honestly, I’m surprised at how enthusiastically I find myself recommending a book about breastfeeding. Perfect not just for new parents, but for anyone who loves a good read.”Anne Hathaway
“As an Ob-Gyn I have been guilty of speaking to new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding instead of warning them of the risks of not breastfeeding. UNLATCHED is an essential book, not only for every parent to-be, but for physicians as well. It is not controversial that breast-fed babies are less likely to be obese adults, and less likely to have immunologic and other medical problems. Jennifer Grayson asks all the right questions, and it is clear that we must stop letting politics, money, and societal expectations trump good science.” -Dr. Lauren Streicher, renowned women’s health expert, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever
"Why can American women expose their breasts to sell magazines, cars, and beer, but not publicly nurse their children? It is a sad fact of our hypersexualized world that we’ve become squeamish about what Jennifer Grayson reminds us is not merely “natural” but a biological process as pivotal to our health and well-being as birthing, eating, or sleeping. It is time for an unflinching look at the breastfeeding obstacles women face in our society and in UNLATCHED we have it. This is a must-read book for every mother and mother-to-be." –Alyssa Milano
“In UNLATCHED, Jennifer Grayson beautifully weaves together a fascinating personal memoir with a revealing account of the little-known cultural history of breastfeeding. Connecting the dots between women’s health, women’s work, and public policy, Grayson sheds new light on the origins of America’s breastfeeding controversies and points to a way beyond the mommy wars. As a mother, I would recommend this book to all new parents-to-be for its practical advice and moving meditations on parenting. But this is not just a book for parents. Anyone who cares about women’s well-being and rights in 21st century America should read UNLATCHED.”
-- Nancy L. Cohen, historian and author of Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President
“Grayson's personal journey into the world of breastfeeding is fresh, accessible, and infused with humor--a must read for anyone embarking on the path to parenthood.”
Dana Ben-Ari, filmmaker, BREASTMILK
DATE-ONOMICS by Jon Birger was recently featured in The Guardian, Fast Company and Vogue.
Praise for DATE-ONOMICS:
“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. "
EMILY PARKER'S NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE: VOICES FROM THE INTERNET UNDERGROUND was published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux, 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.