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Published Sept 27th by Portfolio, Ryan Holiday's much-anticipated second installment in the Stoic Virtues series, Discipline is Destiny. An instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller!
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Published Oct 4th by Ballantine, Rolf Potts' sequel to his bestselling and highly influential Vagabonding, The Vagabond's Way!
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agent :
Stephen Hanselman
LevelFiveMedia, LLC

Now entering its eighteenth year as an independent agency, LevelFiveMedia's mission is to serve authors by helping them create and develop the ideas and messages that will attract and motivate passionate, loyal readers. We've enjoyed working with Pulitzer Prize winners, NYT bestsellers, journalists, thought leaders, scholars at the top of their fields, and nearly a dozen writers whose works have each sold more than two million copies.

LevelFiveMedia goes beyond traditional literary representation by offering integrated services including editorial development, marketing consultation and media development. We believe this integrated approach will return some of the power to authors, who are--first, last and always--what the book business is all about.

We have a very select client list, which includes New York Times Bestselling authors Jack Canfield, Tim Ferriss, Peter Guber, Ryan Holiday, Dr. John La Puma, Dan Millman, Lisa Nichols, and Michael Port; past NYT bestselling clients include Travis Bradberry, Jorge Cruise, Michael Gerber, and Lewis Howes. We also represent major thought leaders like Will Bowen, Jeff Goins, Jason Harris, Chase Jarvis, Rodger Kamenetz, Petra Kolber, Om Malik, Rolf Potts, Kamal Ravikant, Donald Robertson, Gabriel Weinberg/Lauren McCann, and Victoria Wellman.

years experience: 40+
General fiction, Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Sports, African-American, Philosophy, Self-Help/Personal Growth, Diet & Fitness, Memoir
About Steve/The Agency

Founder & President, LevelFiveMedia, LLC

“Stephen is the agent every writer dreams of having. He's whip-smart, nurturing and stunningly well-connected. He hung in there with me for two years until we found the right concept. He then helped craft the proposal and got it into the right hands. His skillful handling generated so much buzz that we landed a terrific offer in a matter of days. I knew I was lucky when I landed him as an agent, and now I know HOW lucky.” --Liz Pulliam Weston

“Stephen is the best agent in the world -- period. I can't even begin to explain how well he understands publishing and creating bestselling authors. Having been a superstar editor at Harper Collins, he can attack and solve problems from editing and distribution to PR and internal publisher politics. Highest recommendations!” --Tim Ferriss

“Steve Hanselman is a 21st century media maven. He has impeccable taste in identifying A-list material and talent. His knowledge of the publishing world is unsurpassed. Steve understands how to create and build a valuable brand across multi-platforms – in publishing, television and digital media. He is, without a doubt, the best in the business.” --Kaki Kirby Executive Vice President, Business Development & Special Projects Atlas Media Corp.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen on a number of projects and am always impressed with his knowledge of his clients' needs and his ability to make certain that they get the best attention possible.” --Les Tuerk, President, BrightSight Group

“Stephen was my editor at Harper Collins and he was the best one I have ever worked with. He is conscious, intelligent, and fun to work with. He is creative and insightful and has great integrity. He has also helped several of my friends and colleagues get great publishing contracts in his new role as a literary agent. Stephen is the best!” --Jack Canfield, author of many #1 New York Times Bestsellers and Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul

“Steve had the idea to convert many of the teachings of Peter F. Drucker into what became The Daily Drucker. He was very instrumental in conceiving a book that has had a significant impact around the world and now is apporaching translation into twenty languages. Steve is a first rate publisher.” --Joseph Maciariello, Horton Professor of Management, Claremont Graduate University

“Steve is a fantastic professional and a wonderful human being. He works with the utmost integrity, has remarkable insight and judgment and guided us at several strategic junctions that enhanced our project significantly. I really enjoyed the friendship that formed as a result of the business relationship. With highest regards.” --Gayle Beebe, President, Westmont College

“Steve was an incredibly productive publisher during his tenure at HarperCollins. He understood all aspects of book publishing and was a one man publishing force that guaranteed that the books his team published were published very well. Steve taught & trained his publishing team very well. They always had a very good understanding of the mission and had clear direction from Steve what tactics & strategies needed to be executed. And Steve understood that book publishing is really all about the author. He taught his team as well as others in the organization this lesson very well. Steve will succeed at any venture he tackles. He is intelligent, driven, and people enjoy working on his team.” --Len Marshall, Sr VP Finance & Publishing Operations, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc

Steve's Leading Clients: Will Bowen, Jack Canfield, Michael Coogan, Timothy Ferriss, Porter Gale, Stephane Gerson, David Gibson, Jeff Goins, Peter Guber, Philip Gulley, Jason Harris, Ryan Holiday, John Jantsch, Chase Jarvis, Rodger Kamenetz, Charles Kimball, Petra Kolber, Jon Kukla, Dan Millman, Paul Moses, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rolf Potts, Kamal Ravikant, Donald Robertson, Gabriel Weinberg, Victoria Wellman, Dallas Willard and more.
*THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK by Timothy Ferriss: the international bestseller now translated in 40 languages; more than 4 million copies sold in World English; Triple Crown #1 Business Bestseller (NYT, WSJ, and BusinessWeek); 4 years and 4 months unbroken on the NYT Business Hardcover Bestsellers list where it appeared for more than seven years; 662 weeks a Bookscan Business Bestseller.

*THE 4-HOUR BODY by Timothy Ferriss: #1 NYT Bestseller with more than 1.5 million copies sold in World English since its publication December 14th, 2010.

*THE 4-HOUR CHEF by Timothy Ferriss: #1 WSJ, NYT and USA Today Bestseller with more than 350,000 copies sold in North America since its publication November 2012.

*TOOLS OF TITANS by Timothy Ferriss: #1 Instant Bestseller with more than 890,000 copies sold in North America since its publication in December 2016.

*TRIBE OF MENTORS has sold more than 400,000 copies since its publication in November 2017.

*Will Bowen's A COMPLAINT FREE WORLD, the inspiring movement featured on Oprah! with more than 15 million participants around the world in 106 countries; translated into 35 languages with more than 2 million copies sold in China alone.

*Quaker minister Philip Gulley whose combined works have sold more than 1.2 million copies (including his acclaimed Harmony fiction series).

*Hollywood producer, executive, and entrepreneur Peter Guber's TELL TO WIN: CONNECT, PERSUADE, AND TRIUMPH WITH THE HIDDEN POWER OF STORY, which was an instant #1 Bestseller for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today lists and now in its 18th printing.

*Media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business, Ryan Holiday's THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, a modern presentation of classic Stoic thinking that has been used from boardrooms to major sports franchises like The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks and has sold more than 1.4 million copies and has been published in 40 languages.


*Founder of the Manhattan speechwriting agency The Oratory Laboratory, whose mission is "to save the world from bad speeches," Victoria Wellman's BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING: The Untold Stories and Failproof Strategies of a Very Discreet Speechwriter, based on her more than a decade of working with individuals ranging from hip-hop moguls and corporate executives to everyday people who want to exceed their own and their audience's expectations, to Tim Bartlett at St. Martin's, in a pre-empt for six-figures.

*Kamal Ravikant's LOVE YOURSELF LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, a self-published bestseller with more than 300,000 copies sold and thousands of reader reviews, this simple yet powerful book about the importance of self-love, which has gained a worldwide audience including media figures ranging from Glenn Beck to Tim Ferriss, now in a substantially revised and expanded edition, to Gideon Weil at HarperOne, with Sydney Rogers editing, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, published in January 2020.

*Author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday's third in his Stoic-influenced trilogy STILLNESS IS THE KEY, combining Eastern and Western approaches toward discipline and flow that will help readers fortify their own "inner fortress" and experience greater peace and progress in their personal and professional pursuits, filled with examples from the worlds of sports, business, history and his own life on a small cattle ranch in Texas, to Niki Papadopoulos and Adrian Zackheim at Portfolio, in a major seven-figure deal. An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

*President & CEO of the creative advertising agency Mekanism, Jason Harris's THE SOULFUL ART OF PERSUASION, providing practical lessons in the art and craft of persuasion that anyone can use, drawn from his more than two decades of experience working with businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes, across many industries and drawing on the latest research in the psychology of persuasion and his role on the frontline of brand messaging, to Roger Scholl at Currency, in a significant deal, at auction. An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

*Photographer, director, and founder & CEO of CreativeLive, Chase Jarvis' CREATIVE CALLING, offering readers inspiration from his own life and the lives of some of the 10 million creatives who've embraced lifelong learning on his digital platform, focusing on the three core areas of time, intentions, and pursuits by applying nine simple habits to unleash their creative power and thrive in business and life, to Hollis Heimbouch at Harper, in a major deal, for seven figures, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal. An Instant Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller!

*Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, founding member of Modern Stoicism, and author of Stoicism and the Art of Living Donald Robertson's HOW TO THINK LIKE A ROMAN EMPEROR: MARCUS AURELIUS ON STOIC SERENITY AND RESILIENCE, based on over twenty years of therapeutic experience in dealing with the psychological pain-points of his clients and the strategies and tools found in the writings of famous Stoic philosophers, to Tim Bartlett at St. Martin's.

*Popular speaker, marketing consultant, and small business expert and author of Duct Tape Marketing John Jantsch's THE SELF-RELIANT ENTREPRENEUR: 366 DAILY MEDITATIONS TO FEED YOUR SOUL AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS, a page per day devotional that mines the wisdom Emerson, Thoreau, and many of their contemporaries to provide today's busy entrepreneurs the fuel they need each day in potent, bite-size form, to Matt Holt at Wiley.

*Wellness expert, Daily Burn guest host, columnist, and inspirational speaker Petra Kolber's THE PERFECTION DETOX, a warm and practical guide to helping women overcome the deadly trap of perfectionism and release more joy in their lives, to Renee Sedliar at Da Capo.

*NYT Bestselling author Tim Ferriss' TOOLS OF TITANS and TRIBE OF MENTORS, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, each Instant #1 NYT Bestsellers.

*Bestselling author Dan Millman's finale to his Peaceful Warrior trilogy THE HIDDEN SCHOOL: RETURN OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR, published by North Star Way in June 2017.

*Bestselling author Kamal Ravikant's debut novel REBIRTH: A FABLE OF LOVE, FORGIVENESS, AND FOLLOWING YOUR HEART, published by Hachette Books in January 2017.

*Co-Author with Peter Drucker of The Daily Drucker and The Effective Executive in Action, Joseph Maciariello presents A YEAR WITH PETER DRUCKER: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, drawing on unpublished work from Drucker's own mentoring work with business and social sector leaders as well as from the breadth of his published work. Published by HarperBusiness on December 2nd, 2014, with a rave review from the Wall Street Journal.

*Journalists and producers David Gibson and Michael McKinley's FINDING JESUS: FAITH, FACT, & FORGERY, a companion book to a six-part primetime television series on CNN, focusing on the six artifacts that tell us the most about the life of Jesus and his world, exploring the fascinating story of their discovery, authentication and the latest forensic science. Published by St. Martin's Press.

*The World's foremost Islamic scholar, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr's THE STUDY QUR'AN: A New Translation and Commentary. Published by HarperOne in November 2015.

*NYT mega-bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles Jack Canfield's and sobriety coach Dave Andrews's THE 30-DAY SOBRIETY SOLUTION: How to Quit or Cut Back Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home, a clear and practical daily program rooted in their extensive knowledge of the tools of human potential and personal transformation offering readers a fresh approach rooted in the latest discoveries of psychology and neuroscience about the power of positive choices in overcoming addiction, filled with inspiring stories and practical exercises. Published by Atria Books in January 2016.

*Acclaimed biblical authority Michael Coogan's GOD'S FAVORITES: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness examines the biblical and historical accounts of divine choice from Abel over Cain to American manifest destiny challenging readers to abandon this idea for another biblical view of the impartiality of God. Published by Beacon Press.

*Author of When Religion Becomes Evil and Presidential Professor & Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma Dr. Charles Kimball's THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS, a lively exploration of the teachings, tenets, practices and history of the world's major faith traditions, with a special focus on contemporary dynamics and the challenges posed by the rise of fundamentalist and restorationist movements across the globe. Coming from Westminster John Knox Press.

*Historian and author of Mr. Jefferson's Women and A Wilderness So Immense Jon Kukla's PATRICK HENRY: CHAMPION OF LIBERTY, a revisionist biography of Patrick Henry based on extensive new research, recovering the missing southern half of the American Revolution. Published by Simon & Schuster in July 2017 and a finalist for the 2018 George Washington Prize.

*Audio rights for Michael Port's THINK BIG MANIFESTO to Gildan Media
*Polish rights for Michael Port's THINK BIG MANIFESTO to Helion
*Brazilian rights for Paul Moses' THE SAINT & THE SULTAN to Editora Acatu
*Indonesian rights for Paul Moses' THE SAINT & THE SULTAN to Pustaka Alvabet
*Spanish rights for Jason Berry's RENDER UNTO ROME to Random House Mondadori
*Italian rights for Jason Berry's RENDER UNTO ROME to Newton Compton
*Russian rights for Jason Berry's RENDER UNTO ROME to Eksmo
*Audio rights for Jason Berry's RENDER UNTO ROME to Random House Audio
*Brazilian rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to Jorge Zahar
*Dutch rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to J.M. Meulenhoff
*Polish rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to WAIP
*Korean rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to Hanul
*Italian rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to EGEA
*UK rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to Constable & Robinson
*Chinese rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to London Speakers Bureau
*Turkish rights for Andrew Keen's DIGITAL VERTIGO to KalDer
*Simplified Chinese rights for Will Bowen's HAPPY THIS YEAR! to China South Booky Culture Media in a very good deal
*Complex Chinese rights for Will Bowen's HAPPY THIS YEAR! to China Times Publishing Company
*Korean rights for Will Bowen's HAPPY THIS YEAR! to Sejong Books
*Italian rights for Matthew Fox's LETTERS TO POPE FRANCIS to Fazi Editore
Stephen Hanselman began his career as a bookseller more than 40 years ago at Fresno Pacific College. He continued to pursue his passion for bookselling at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as director of the bookstore while a full-time student. After graduating Harvard Divinity School in 1986 with a Master of Theological Studies degree, he founded Divinitas Books, a New England specialty chain and direct-mail operation focused on books from all religious traditions. At the beginning of 1992, after selling his business the prior year, Steve joined HarperSanFrancisco's marketing department. This began a 13-year tenure at HarperCollins in a variety of roles including marketing manager, marketing director, sales manager, sales director, director of product & market development, editorial director, and since 1999 as publisher of HarperSanFrancisco. From 2002 to early 2005, Steve was group publisher responsible for all activities of HarperBusiness, HarperResource, and HarperSanFrancisco, as he led these imprints to an 85% increase in annual sales and record profits. He personally edited books for each imprint, including such bestselling authors as Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, Michael Gerber, Peter Gomes, Richard Foster, and Philip Gulley. Steve also worked to establish or reinvigorate major house franchises including C.S. Lewis, David Niven, Peter Drucker, Mayo Clinic, Mental_Floss and Emily Post. His bestseller acquisitions at Harper included Mehmet Oz & Michael Roizen's YOU: The Owner's Manual, Jorge Cruise's THE 3-HOUR DIET, T. Harv Eker's SECRETS OF THE MILLIONAIRE MIND, and Jim Wallis' GOD'S POLITICS. Steve left HarperCollins in 2005 to found LevelFiveMedia.
Stephen Hanselman, Founder & President
Julia Serebrinsky, VP of Editorial Development
Steve is NOT taking submissions at this time. Unsolicited deliveries are not accepted, opened or returned.
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