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agent : jsilberman@foliolitmanagement.com
Jeff Silberman
Folio Literary Management
505 8th Ave., Suite 603, New York, NY 10018
212-400-1494
http://www.foliolit.com
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Folio Literary Management is a boutique literary agency (if 18 agents still qualifies as boutique) with vast resources. We represent a wide range of authors, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, celebrities, journalists, novelists, humorists, scholars, chefs, and other distinguished authors. We have had the good fortune of representing over 100 bestsellers in the past 5 years.

WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR:

I’m a new horizon hunter. My interests are wide, my passions run deep, and the books I represent cut a wide swath. A videogame impresario who has explored new technology, outer space, and the ocean’s depths with equal passion. A neuroscientist who created ground breaking technology for studying the brain, and whose prose is utterly stunning. A rock and roll legend who bares his soul. A scholar in Timbuktu who risked his life to save ancient Egyptian and African manuscripts that helped pave the way for Western civilization. A biomedical engineer bridging the gap between art and science, and creating things that matter. An ingénue who left rural North Carolina and found womanhood as she became a part of the cultural explosion of Fellini’s Rome and the French New Wave. A Hall of Famer the players nicknamed God.

There’s nothing quite like rich narrative non-fiction or a daring memoir. Making science and technology sing. Savoring food, diving deep into important social issues – or the animal kingdom… I haven’t done a math book yet, but I’d love to. History? I’m in. Humor, health, pop culture - there’s pretty much no category of non-fiction that doesn’t intrigue me and for which I wouldn’t happily accept an invitation to take a ride.

Fiction: I am currently representing a number of novelists working on their debuts, and their work runs the gamut from book club / commercial to literary, and in one case, literary hilarious. I’d love more.

I seek books that in some way leave us different than we were before. It could be because a new world was opened up to us, or our relationship to the one we thought we knew was changed, because we learned something, or had our hearts opened wide, or simply guffawed nonstop.

I work closely with everyone I represent, from editorial input to deal making to marketing, and all points in between. Heart and soul.

WHAT I AM NOT LOOKING FOR:
Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror, books on serial killers, fictional plagues, Romance (love stories OK), Plays, Teleplays, Screenplays


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Biography, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Health, Lifestyle, Humor, Food/Cookbook, Memoir, Pop Culture, Sports, Science, Technology, Literary Fiction, Book Club Fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Karl Deisseroth – Neuroscientist / psychiatrist, and Breakthrough Prize Award Winner
David Edwards – Biomedical engineer, writer, inventor, and founder / director of Le Laboratoire
Bill Duke – Actor and DGA Lifetime Achievement Award winning director
Gregg Allman (co-agent with Frank Weimann) – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member
Jenni Rivera – Multi-platinum recording artist
Gus Russo – Pulitzer-nominee (recently signed)
Steve Osborne – Former NYPD Lt. and storytelling favorite on The Moth
Bill Fulton – Retired Army paratrooper and current FBI undercover operative
Richard Garriott – Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame member and world and outer space explorer
Jody Scaravalla –Owner of New York’s beloved Enoteca Maria
Christina Ross – Plant-based dessert chef
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
MY CROSS TO BEAR (NYT Bestseller) by Gregg Allman with Alan Light
UNBREAKABLE (NYT Bestseller) by Jenni Rivera
TO SELENA, WITH LOVE by Chris Perez
DARK GIRLS by Bill Duke and Shelia Moses, Photographs by Baron Claiborne
THE JOB by Steve Osborne
NONNA’S HOUSE by Jody Scaravella with Elisa Petrini
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
EXPLORE / CREATE by Richard Garriott with David Fisher
LIVING LIKE A RUNAWAY by Lita Ford
MAN OF LA SALSA by Larry Harlow with Aurora Flores
BLADE OF THE AVATAR by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott
THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS by Bill Fulton and Jeanne Devon
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
I am also an entertainment attorney, so I know my way around deal making and contracts in publishing, film, and television.
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
For international rights, please contact Molly Jaffa (molly @ foliolit.com).
For a list of international subagents, please see www.foliolit.com.
For dramatic, audio, and other rights, please contact me directly.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please submit queries to jsilberman@foliolitmanagement.com, and include your cover letter and the first ten pages of your material in the body of the email And please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line. Probably like you, I get my share of junk email and spam, and I don’t want it to inadvertently be missed.
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