Who We Are
Founded in 1989 by author and academic entrepreneur James Levine, we have grown into a firm of fourteen people with offices in New York and San Francisco. We work in every category of fiction and non-fiction.
We represent people, not just individual projects; more than selling books, we work as our clients' creative and business partners throughout the entire publishing process. Our goal is to develop and guide talent to its fullest expression across a variety of media--from books, film and television, to audio and electronic formats.
Most of our titles are published by imprints of the major houses--Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group, MacMillan, etc--but we have also done business with almost fifty independent and/or university presses. Because we are aggressively moving our books into electronic formats, we also work with many ebook publishers and app developers.
Our strong foreign rights department works internationally with a respected network of co-agents to place our titles with leading foreign publishers, and we are regular participants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and Book Expo America.
We work with top co-agents in Hollywood to represent film and television rights to our books to major studios and production companies, and in some cases, to attach writers, directors, or actors to the project as part of the process. Major dramatic rights deals include Simon Rich's adaptation of Man Seeking Woman (originally published as The Last Girlfriend on Earth) as a series for FX and Gillian Flynn's novels--Gone Girl was produced by 20th Century Fox with the author receiving sole credit for the screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination; Dark Places was adapted for film starring Charlize Theron; in development are Sharp Objects for an HBO series starring Amy Adams and short story The Grownup for film with Universal. Previously, author Rosalind Wiseman's best-selling Queen Bees and Wannabes was optioned and sold as the basis for the movie Mean Girls, written by and starring Tina Fey. Numerous other clients have work under option and in development; we have also aided authors in pursuing screenwriting and producing credits for both their own adaptations and original material.