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Jeff Silberman
Folio Literary Management
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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
Alex Abella – NYT notable author, Emmy Award-winning journalist, playwright and screenwriter
Seth Abramson – Best-selling author, curatorial journalist, University of New Hampshire professor, and former criminal defense attorney
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
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
Andrew Lo – MIT Sloan professor, one of TIME's "100 most influential people in the world," winner of the Paul A. Samuelson Award and the Eugene Fama Prize
Jonathan Reisman – Physician, mushroom forager, and prehistoric crafts enthusiast
Jody Scaravalla – Owner of New York’s beloved Enoteca Maria
Tim Storey – Pastor and life coach
Randy Taran – Founder and CEO of Project Happiness
Joe Yoon – Personal trainer of world-class athletes, Instagram and YouTube sensation
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
PROOF OF COLLUSION (NYT Bestseller) by Seth Abramson
PROOF OF CONSPIRACY (NYT Bestseller) by Seth Abramson
MY CROSS TO BEAR (NYT Bestseller) by Gregg Allman with Alan Light
CREATING THINGS THAT MATTER by David Edwards
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
BEST OF ENEMIES by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall
EMOTIONAL ADVANTAGE by Randy Taran
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
PROOF OF CONSPIRACY by Seth Abramson
MAN OF LA SALSA by Larry Harlow with Aurora Flores
FIRST BREAK by Karl Deisseroth
BLADE OF THE AVATAR by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott
THE BODIES THAT GUARD OUR SECRETS by Dr. Jonathan Reisman
THE MIRACLE MENTALITY by Tim Storey with Nick Childs
EMOTIONAL ADVANTAGE by Randy Taran
BETTER STRETCHING: 9 MINUTES A DAY TO GREATER FLEXIBILITY, LESS PAIN, AND ENHANCED PERFORMANCE, THE JOETHERAPY WAY by Joe Yoon
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 Melissa Sarver White (melissa @ 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 me at my QueryManager: http://QueryMe.Online/JSilberman (any queries/submissions that have already been submitted to my previous query email address will be reviewed and responded to)
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