I’ve been a writer, magazine editor, book editor, publisher, and broadcast executive. After Trinity I was an editor at Sport magazine; next I moved to This Week magazine, the Sunday newspaper supplement that appeared in the nation’s 43 largest cities. I then joined National Geographic as a writer followed by a move to Prentice Hall as an editor. I contracted to write a book on World War II (ultimately made into an HBO movie.), but the book was put on hold when I became an Executive on the Corporate Staff of CBS, reporting directly to Dr. Frank Stanton, then the President of CBS. After Dr. Stanton retired, I moved to Los Angeles to be CEO of Nash Publishing, then the largest general book publisher west of Chicago, now merged into extinction.
After graduating from Brown, my first publishing job was at Prentice Hall. I began as an advertising copywriter and eventually was part of a team of three, supervising a staff of 26. I then moved to Random House as Associate Manager of Advertising for schools, colleges, and libraries. Next, I was Director of Advertising and Publicity for Liveright, a literary publisher with a remarkable history and backlist, now an imprint of W.W. Norton. And then I moved to LA.
From Los Angeles, we launched an independent publishing imprint with Houghton Mifflin. The imprint focused on commercial fiction (several were New York Times best sellers) and a travel guide series that grew to over twenty titles. We were reading many excellent manuscripts that didn’t fit the profile of our imprint. This led to the creation of The LA Literary Agency. We represent a wide range of authors, many with interesting day jobs -- athletes, actors, musicians, lawyers, parents, academics, chefs, food experts, physicians, journalists. The Agency handles literary and commercial fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of biography, autobiography, sports, adventure, cooking, science, history, health, and lifestyle.
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