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Mel Parker Books, LLC is both a book packaging firm and a literary agency.
As a full-service book producer/packager, we specialize in major 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.
As a literary agency, we also represent authors for projects they bring to us, focusing primarily on high-profile narrative nonfiction, current affairs, science, psychology, lifestyle, and biography. Agented titles include newsmaking nonfiction such as 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).
And now, as an ebook publisher, we have the ability to publish original ebooks, both fiction and nonfiction, and rediscover and republish classic titles in digital format.
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 online media.
In any one of these capacities, as a book producer commissioning and developing our own original projects from start to finish, as a literary agency representing clients on the sales of their own proposals and manuscripts, or as an eBook publisher bringing authors directly to the marketplace, 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'S DATE-ONOMICS: The Hidden Numbers Behind the Hookups, Heartbreaks, and Happily-Ever-Afters in Today's Lopsided Dating Market was sold at auction to Suzie Bolotin at Workman, with Maisie Tivnan editing.
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.
“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.
Recent 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
Mel Parker Books sold digital rights to BERRY GORDY'S TO BE LOVED: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown to Rosetta Books. The book is the basis for his Tony-nominated Broadway hit, "Motown The Musical," which he wrote and produced, and is currently the #1 New Hit on Broadway. Berry Gordy was also just given the Pioneer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
ERIC SCHMIDT AND JARED COHEN'S THE NEW DIGITAL AGE: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business was published by Alfred A. Knopf in April 2013. The Vintage edition is being published in March 2014. Rights sold in the UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hungary, Croatia, France, Latvia, Thailand, Sweden and Korea. Audio rights to Audible.
Jared Cohen recently named to the 2013 TIME 100.
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen appearances for THE NEW DIGITAL AGE:
Wall Street Journal First Serial
CBS-TV, CBS Sunday Morning profile
National Public Radio, All Things Considered,
NBC-TV, Today Show
PBS-TV/Bloomberg TV, Charlie Rose
MSNBC-TV, Morning Joe
Comedy Central, Colbert Report
National Public Radio, Weekend Edition
Praise for THE NEW DIGITAL AGE:
"Shifts the debate about technology, elevating it...to the wider issues of how technology interacts with power"--The Economist
“Every day, technological innovations are giving people around the world new opportunities to shape their own destinies. In this fascinating book, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen draw upon their unique experiences to show us a future of rising incomes, growing participation, and a genuine sense of community—if we make the right choices today.” -- Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States
“This is a book that defines both the nature of the new world which the internet is creating; and its challenges. It describes a technological revolution in the making. How we navigate it is a challenge for countries, communities and citizens. There are no two people better equipped to explain what it means than Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.” -- Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have produced a searching meditation on technology and world order. Even those who disagree with some of their conclusions will learn much from this thought-provoking volume.” - Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State
“The New Digital Age is must reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the depths of the digital revolution. Combining the skills of a social scientist and a computer scientist, Cohen and Schmidt blend the technical and the human, the scientific and the political, in ways I rarely saw while in government. They challenge the reader's imagination on almost every page. Indeed, what will be the impact of virtual and physical worlds coexisting, the first generation of humans to have an indelible record, or more frequent revolutions without resolution as the digital age nurtures more celebrities than leaders? And these questions are just the beginning. Read on.” - General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the CIA
“This is the book I have been waiting for: a concise and persuasive description of technology’s impact on war, peace, freedom, and diplomacy. The New Digital Age is a guide to the future written by two experts who possess a profound understanding of humanity’s altered prospects in a wireless world. There are insights on every page and surprising conclusions (and questions) in every chapter. For experts and casual readers alike, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have produced an indispensable book.” - Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State
"This is the most important -- and fascinating -- book yet written about how the digital age will affect our world. With vivid examples and brilliant analysis, it shows how the internet and other communications technologies will empower individuals and transform the way nations and businesses operate. How will different societies make tradeoffs involving privacy, freedom, control, security, and the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds? This realistic but deeply optimistic book provides the guideposts. It's both profoundly wise and wondrously readable." - Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and Author of Steve Jobs.
“The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business offers an intriguing fusion of ideas and insights about how the virtual world is intersecting with the “Westphalian order.” It seeks a balance between the discontinuities of technologists’ “revolutions” and the traditionalism of internationalists’ study of states, power, and behavior. The authors explain that technology is not a panacea, yet the uses of technology can make a world of difference. This book should launch a valuable debate about the practical implications of this new connectivity for citizens and policy makers, societies and governments.” - Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank Group, U.S. Trade Representative, & U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
“Few people in the world are doing more to imagine – and build – The New Digital Age than Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. With this book, they are looking into their crystal ball and inviting the world to peek in.” – Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP
“We have long needed an incisive study of how the ever- evolving world of technology leaves almost no aspect of life unchanged. We have it in The New Digital Age. Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen offer a rigorous approach to decoding what the future holds in a story that is as well written and entertaining as it is important.” - General Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor
"At last, a brilliant guide book for the next century—what the future holds for entrepreneurs, revolutionaries, politicians, and ordinary citizens alike. Schmidt and Cohen offer a dazzling glimpse into how the new digital revolution is changing our lives. This book is the most insightful exploration of our future world I've ever read, and once I started reading I was simply unable to put it down." - Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group
“Starting with a simple, powerful and terrifying observation – that “the internet is among the few things humans have built that they don’t truly understand” – this fascinating book takes you on a wonderfully stimulating and important journey. It will make you rethink your concepts of the digital age, the way the world works, what lies ahead, and what all this means for you, your family and your community
You don’t need to know much about technology to benefit from this incredibly insightful book. Using their repeatedly-tested talents and their highly successful experiences, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen brilliantly detail for us how the digital age is rapidly altering the balance of power between citizens and governments, between the physical and the virtual worlds, and between good and bad.
Whether we like it or not, technology is fundamentally changing the manner in which we all interact and depend on each other – and in an accelerating manner whose scale and scope remain obscure for too many of us. Schmidt and Cohen expose you to the enormous productivity potential of this transformational period in history, as well as the scary risks of harmful balkanization and threatening individual empowerment.
This brilliant book is a must read for all those seeking to understand, and navigate well a fundamental structural shift that will play a critical role in determining the well-being of current and future generations.” -- Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of Pimco
"Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen's thoughtful, well-researched work elucidates the staggering impact of technology on our daily lives, as well as what surprising and incredible developments the future may hold. Readers might be left with more questions than answers, but that's the idea—we are at our best when we ask 'What's next?'" -- Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX and cofounder of Tesla Motors and PayPal
DEAN KOONTZ'S ODDKINS: A Fable for All Ages was published as an eBook by Mel Parker Books in partnership with Open Road Integrated Media. Audio rights sold to Brilliance Audio.
DICKSON DESPOMMIER, author of the THE VERTICAL FARM: Feeding the World in the 21st Century (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press), was interviewed by ABC.com and NPR in Los Angeles. Simplified Chinese rights were sold to Hunan Science and Technology Publishing House. Tantor Media also bought audio rights. Traditional Character rights have sold to Marco Polo Press in Taiwan, and Japanese rights have sold, at auction, to NTT Shuppan. He appeared at the Seoul Digital Forum, IdeaCity in Toronto, and the Manchester International Festival. He appeared at the Omega Institute in October, did a new TEDx talk, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, and appeared on 60 Minutes in Australia for a segment on vertical farming. Vertical farms have been built in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Chicago, and a 17-story vertical farm is being built in Sweden.
“Despommier has quickly become the central figure in what could be a worldwide revolution in food production and waste reduction.”
LOCAVESTING: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It by journalist Amy Cortese, who coined the term "Locavestors" in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, was published by Wiley. Amy Cortese appeared on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC and on Leonard Lopate on NPR. LOCAVESTING was also featured in Fast Company.
Praise for LOCAVESTING:
“An inspiring look at what local businesses can achieve.”
--Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Investing locally makes sense as long as you do it with your eyes wide open. And this book is a realistic, up-to-the-minute exploration of the field. After all, it was the local community that invested in Ben & Jerry’s—and it worked out pretty well for them.”
--Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s
“Buy this book before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) bans it! Locavesting demolishes the myth that the best investment options lie in the financial-doomsday machine we call Wall Street. Fasten your belt for a mind-blowing journey where you will learn about dozens of highly profitable community investment opportunities. Amy Cortese takes you on a breathtaking ride.”
--Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution and Going Local.
Amy Cortese was recently named one of 25 "Women Changing the World" by Goodb, a sustainable business website, and her piece on Crowdfunding was a front-page story in the New York Times Sunday Business Section.