Writing your book was easy. All you did was sit down at the keyboard, open a vein and bleed…
Now you need an agent!
Before joining the Salkind Agency, I was a freelance journalist for Time magazine and many other major publications. I am writer/co-author of three non-fiction books, once ran a successful book-editing service and have helped or inspired a number of writers to become published authors. As a former student of several literary greats, including John Knowles (author of A Separate Peace) and L. Rust Hills (famed Esquire fiction editor) amongst others, combined with my background in journalism, I am interested in both fiction and nonfiction.
Some recent titles, including books by two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists (one an Edgar nominee), International Latino Book Award winners, noted CIA officers and notable historians.
The Salkind Agency has sold over 4500 books since 1995.
What we do for you
Evaluate your work for representation...
I don’t use assistants, and read every query myself. If it seems like the concept and execution is something that I can sell, and for which I would be a great agent, then I’ll ask for a larger sample, a full manuscript, or — in the case of non-fiction — usually a proposal. Not every project is ready for “prime time,” or I may simply not believe that I am the right agent for it. A lot goes into making these decisions.
Help you create a riveting non-fiction proposal.
I help authors transform good, solid proposals into “killer” proposals that get editors’ attention and create in-house “buzz.” Most editors will need a compelling proposal to circulate to an acquisition panel, so this is a vital part of selling your process.
Help with editorial development & light proofreading.
I help you create unforgettable characters, zero-in on important plot points and plot holes, hone your dialog, do basic proofreading and fashion a memorable “sense of place.”
Put your work on the desks of the top editors in the business.
Not even the most powerful agent can make an editor buy something they don’t like. But I keep in touch with editors, know their tastes, the trends in the industry and what publishers are looking for, and can put your work in front of the top editors at all the major houses.
Negotiate the best contract we can!
Today’s publisher is very aggressive about driving a hard bargain. An agent tries to find you the best publisher for the material, then negotiates the most attractive contract they can. We try for high advances, try to keep TV / Film rights and as many ancillary rights as possible. We always try to do what is in the best interest of the client and their future career.
Help with publicity, building a website & your "author platform."
Authors must start building their platform months before a book is published. You have to be ready to hit the ground running. We help with all that, and in some cases will even build your website for you as part of our services.
What I Like!
I like mysteries and thrillers, mysteries, commercial fiction with strong narratives, containing original thought, about intriguing characters in remarkable situations. The same for non-fiction! Strong stories about remarkable people and concepts.
Please see more about my fiction and non-fiction interests on my Submission Guidelines page.
What our clients say
We love seeing them published!
“Greg’s expertise, experience as a writer, his hard work, and above all his patience were both the keys to selling this book and keeping the author’s sanity more or less intact.”Mark B. Shrager|The Great Sweepstakes of 1877
“[Greg’s] enthusiastic review and generous feedback were greatly appreciated, and I will forever remember when he said, ‘It’s a real honor to have one’s career monumentalized as a book.'”Alan B. Trabue| A Life of Lies and Spies
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