I’m an attorney, author, and agent who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. My books include Machiavelli for Moms (Simon & Schuster) and Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities. I’m also a ghostwriter for a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print and my first children's book will be published by HarperCollins in 2018.
In the adult market, I’m particularly on the hunt for great serious nonfiction, especially by historians who are looking to make the transition from an academic to trade readership and journalists who have something unique and significant to say. I’m also on the lookout for smart parenting books with truly useful, original hooks that fill a gap in the market (bonus points for humor!); food, health, and diet-related titles, especially culinary histories of all flavors and tastes; sports books with strong crossover appeal in other genres, especially history and philosophy (I’d LOVE to find the next Golf in the Kingdom or Zen and the Art of Archery); self-help of every stripe by authors with well-established platforms and riveting, elegantly-written memoir (recent favorites include William Finnegan's Barbarian Days and Paul Kalanithi's deeply-rendered When Breath Becomes Air), as well as cookbooks with inventive new twists; pop culture; humor, especially as it relates to parenting; and small, quirky books that make me smile or think about the world in entirely new and surprising ways. I’d also love to find a great legal thriller.
On the children’s front, I have a great love of middle grade and am particularly on the hunt for lively, engaging nonfiction that *pops* off the page and makes kids excited about reading and learning; wacky/hilarious/silly commercial MG fiction with series potential; fiction and nonfiction that explore diversity and disability in all their glorious manifestations; and graphic novels that bring history, great works of literature and fascinating historical figures (think Socrates! Machiavelli! Hamilton!) to life.
I also have a huge soft spot for classic literary works that explore the coming-of-age theme with a warm, honest voice that draws me in and makes me feel at home, contemporary YA fiction that tackles difficult issues in bold, daring ways and with inventive formats that can be brought into the classroom to stimulate meaningful discussion and debate (a la Walter Dean Myers’ Monster) and sweet, lyrical picture books that capture the imagination and call for multiple readings (favorite classics include Stellaluna and The Cat Who Walked Across France). I'd also LOVE to find an exciting, high-concept YA thriller that has "MOVIE!" written all over it.