Jon Malysiak started his publishing career in the mid-1990s working as a bookseller at the Barnes & Noble superstore on 82nd and Broadway in NYC while studying theater at the esteemed American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). A life upon the stage turned out not to be in the cards, but he soon found himself -- after a move back to his hometown of Chicago -- as an Acquisitions Coordinator at IDG Books, then the publishers of the ...For Dummies series. While at IDG, Jon worked his way up to the position of Associate Acquisitions Editor, acquiring Dummies books in the categories of Personal Finance, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship.
He then went over to Sourcebooks, Inc., where he acquired and developed books for their multimedia MediaFusion imprint, including the acclaimed Spoken Word Revolution and The Classical Music Experience by Julius H. Jacobson with a CD narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Kline. After a couple years, Jon jumped ship for Dearborn Trade Publishing (Kaplan) where he acquired books in the categories of business management and small business.
In 2005, Jon left Dearborn to co-found a boutique literary agency in Chicago. Over the next several years, Jon represented authors in a range of non-fiction categories and successfully sold projects to such esteemed houses as Rodale, Financial Times Press, and St. Martin's Press, among others.
In 2012, Jon closed the agency and joined the team at ABA Publishing, the book publishing division of the American Bar Association, where he helped establish and then managed Ankerwycke Books, the ABA's first-ever trade imprint. Among the projects Jon acquired and developed for Ankerwycke were: The Inside Counsel Revolution by General Electric's renowned former head of inside counsel, Ben Heineman; Supreme Ambitions, the debut novel by David Lat, founder of the influential legal blog, Above the Law; BigLaw, the debut novel by former BigLaw attorney Lindsey Cameron; Stolen Legacy by former BBC investigative journalist Dina Gold; and John Lennon vs. the USA by the esteemed immigration lawyer Leon Wildes, who represented John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their 1972 deportation case.