Doug Grad Literary Agency

Doug Grad Literary Agency Longtime NYC publishing editor Doug Grad provides personal service and attention for authors and their work. Check out his website at www.dgliterary.com.

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As a fellow corporate publishing refugee, I applaud their decision. Even if I never sell them a book, it's great to have...
12/18/2020
Their Publishing Imprint Closed. Now They’re Bringing It Back.

As a fellow corporate publishing refugee, I applaud their decision. Even if I never sell them a book, it's great to have them back in the business.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/18/books/spiegel-grau-publishing.html?fbclid=IwAR17pF1YVblfVa58f79NPDqYp_rDSCBzMs-_KwVgaFw1gKAzFPmLtl9M6-I

In a literary landscape dominated by the biggest players, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are among the executives rejecting the corporate publishing model and instead starting their own companies.

Congrats to New York Times bestselling author David L. Robbins (one of my newest) on the announcement of his new histori...
12/10/2020

Congrats to New York Times bestselling author David L. Robbins (one of my newest) on the announcement of his new historical novel, ISAAC'S BEACON, being acquired by Adam Bellow for his new imprint, Wicked Son. And on day when Hannukah begins, too!

Hoo boy, this is not good. We went from the "Big Six" to the "Big Five," and it seems like we're about to go down to the...
11/17/2020
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Bids for Simon & Schuster

Hoo boy, this is not good. We went from the "Big Six" to the "Big Five," and it seems like we're about to go down to the "Big Four." I started my career at Simon & Schuster, which was owned by Gulf + Western at the time, then it was sold to Viacom, then spun off to CBS, and now they don't want it any more. But added to Rupert Murdoch's empire makes me a bit queasy, and I worked for HarperCollins for 3 1/2 years. Then again, I also worked for Random House when it was owned by Si Newhouse and for Penguin after it had merged with Putnam... Still, it makes it that much more difficult to sell books, to maximize an author's advance, and to have a place to go to if the publisher doesn't hit a home run in an author's first at-bat. Sigh...
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/business/media/rupert-murdoch-news-corp-simon-schuster.html

A sale of the venerable publisher of Stephen King and Hillary Clinton could fetch $1.7 billion and rev up consolidation in book publishing.

A couple of nice reviews for Jeff Duncan's new book, PAYTON AND BREES--just out from Triumph Books. Here's the first one...
10/21/2020
Book Review: Payton and Brees

A couple of nice reviews for Jeff Duncan's new book, PAYTON AND BREES--just out from Triumph Books. Here's the first one...
https://www.footballoutsiders.com/reviews/2020/book-review-payton-and-brees

Few head coach-quarterback pairings have ever been so meaningful to a franchise as Sean Payton and Drew Brees are to the New Orleans Saints. Tom Gower reviews Jeff Duncan's new book on the Payton-Brees relationship and finds insightful revelations about what makes the duo -- particularly Payton -- s...

Cover reveal! In what is one of the funniest titles and best covers I've seen in my entire career, Marvin Wolf bring bac...
09/06/2020
Bride of Finkelstein (A Rabbi Ben Mystery Book 4)

Cover reveal! In what is one of the funniest titles and best covers I've seen in my entire career, Marvin Wolf bring back Rabbi Ben to solve another mystery. The other titles in the series? Wait for it...are you sitting down? Book 1: For Whom the Shofar Blows. Book 2: A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn. Book 3: A Tale of Two Rabbis. And now, Book 4: Bride of Finkelstein. All terrific, fun reads, with twisty plots and scenery-chewing characters. (And no, Book 5 will probably not be Son of Finkelstein, or Beneath the Planet of Finkelstein. I'm just sayin'.) Let me know what you think of this one...

Oh, and the Kindle edition is available for preorder on Amazon.
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Bride of Finkelstein (A Rabbi Ben Mystery Book 4)

New cover reveal (Douglas Keeney)! Thoughts?
07/28/2020

New cover reveal (Douglas Keeney)! Thoughts?

When I got into book publishing in 1986, one of my first reactions was, "Oh my god, the only black people here work in t...
07/04/2020
‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing

When I got into book publishing in 1986, one of my first reactions was, "Oh my god, the only black people here work in the mailroom." While not 100% accurate (there was one African-American editor and one African-American managing editor that I recall), it was a pretty lily-white business--to its detriment. It seems like, only 34 years later, that things are changing. But I remember sitting in editorial meetings and hearing phrases like "Blacks don't buy books," or "Blacks don't read." That was the "conventional publishing wisdom" at the time--rather, conventional WHITE publishing wisdom. It was pretty disgusting, and pretty stupid, but as an assistant I had more to gain by keeping my mouth shut than by confronting that blatant racist point of view. And this was at a time when Terry McMillan and Walter Mosley were hitting the NY Times bestseller list. As I've long maintained, people in publishing really don't know what the hell they're talking about until proven wrong.

Years later, as a Senior Editor at another one of the major NY houses, we had a terrific African-American summer intern. One of my fellow editors and I offered him a job as our assistant and he turned us down. Not us, specifically, but I believe he turned down the company and the industry. I don't blame him--why would he want to work at a place where no one looked like him? It felt awful not to be able to attract and hold onto a talented kid like him.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/books/book-publishing-black.html

An author, literary agent, marketer, publicist, editors and booksellers talk about how race affects their careers — and the books you read.

Terrific article in the Washington Examiner about THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf.
06/19/2020
Throwing a good salute

Terrific article in the Washington Examiner about THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf.

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans is Joseph Galloway and Marvin J. Wolf's tribute to the trials of their generation. Having remained friends since they first met in Vietnam as war correspondents more than half a century ago, the two explained to the…

Excerpt from THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf that appeared in Maria Shriver's newsletter for Memor...
05/27/2020
Justice Eileen Moore on Serving Her Country and Making a Difference | Maria Shriver

Excerpt from THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf that appeared in Maria Shriver's newsletter for Memorial Day!

Justice Eileen Moore on Serving Her Country and Making a Difference by JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY & MARVIN J. WOLF The following is an excerpt from “They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans,” by Joseph L. Galloway. It tells the story of Eileen Moore, an Army nurse who...

Now on sale! Need something to escape from your COVID stay-at-home boredom? Try this thrilling new novella by Jerome Pre...
05/27/2020
Net Force: Eye of the Drone

Now on sale! Need something to escape from your COVID stay-at-home boredom? Try this thrilling new novella by Jerome Preisler, the next installment in the NET FORCE series created by TomClancy and StevePiecenik! Available at all online booksellers...only $2.99...how can you go wrong?
#enovella #thriller
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Net Force: Eye of the Drone

Author Chris Strom has an interesting post on Inside Blue 360!
05/18/2020
Brooklyn to Baghdad – InsideBlue360

Author Chris Strom has an interesting post on Inside Blue 360!

Those of us chosen for the secret mission drove to Arlington, Virginia, to an office complex called Crystal City, the regional equivalent of California’s Silicon Valley. The major military contractors involved in computer software and the security industry were based here. It was also a big recrui...

ON SALE TODAY!I am very proud to have represented THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf. What Tom Brokaw...
05/12/2020
They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

ON SALE TODAY!
I am very proud to have represented THEY WERE SOLDIERS by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf. What Tom Brokaw's THE GREATEST GENERATION did for WWII veterans, THEY WERE SOLDIERS will do for Vietnam War veterans. They were every bit the equal of their fathers who served in WWII--they were the Greatest of Their Generation.
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They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans

Quarantine got you down? Here's a new book for you--on sale today--that'll take you away from your modern-day worries an...
04/28/2020
North of Laramie (A Buck Trammel Western Book 1)

Quarantine got you down? Here's a new book for you--on sale today--that'll take you away from your modern-day worries and put you into the Old West, where life was dangerous. But you were more likely to die from lead poisoning than Coronavirus...
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North of Laramie (A Buck Trammel Western Book 1)

Coming in May, a book I represented: They Were Soldiers by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf, as featured in Publishers We...
04/21/2020
Aftershocks: War & Military Books 2020

Coming in May, a book I represented: They Were Soldiers by Joseph Galloway and Marvin Wolf, as featured in Publishers Weekly!

These titles look at how society cares for veterans and civilians—or not—after the guns fall silent.

My author, Fred Bollaci, is featured in Forbes! Maybe the restaurants are closed now, but a lot of them are available fo...
04/14/2020
7 Ways To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight

My author, Fred Bollaci, is featured in Forbes! Maybe the restaurants are closed now, but a lot of them are available for takeout or delivery, so his method of losing weight by eating in restaurants still applies. Don't pick up a Coronavirus ten (extra pounds, that is)!

“The Healthy Global Gourmet,” Fred Bollaci, shares how he lost 150 pounds while sampling more than 150 restaurants in one year. Here are his top tips.

Scroll down for news about one of my sales...American Time Bomb by Joshua Melville.
04/13/2020
Book Deals: Week of April 13, 2020

Scroll down for news about one of my sales...American Time Bomb by Joshua Melville.

Among the big deals this week are the acquisitions of a new book about Covid-19 by 'Spillover' author David Quammen and a biography of abolitionist John Brown.

Weird times to be an agent...
04/13/2020
Agents Weigh Whether to Submit Projects During the Pandemic

Weird times to be an agent...

As a plunge in sales caused by the recent coronavirus outbreak forces publishers to tighten their purse strings, agents are struggling with a new wrinkle to one of their age-old dilemmas: when to submit their clients’ new manuscripts.

Now on sale through May 1!!! Can't get out of the house? Can't get your boat in the water? Read THAT GOOD NIGHT by Richa...
04/01/2020

Now on sale through May 1!!! Can't get out of the house? Can't get your boat in the water? Read THAT GOOD NIGHT by Richard Probert. Beaufort Books

Agatha and Left Coast Crime Award-winning author Ellen Byron, here writing as Maria DiRico, hits the B&N mass-market bes...
03/05/2020
Here Comes the Body|Paperback

Agatha and Left Coast Crime Award-winning author Ellen Byron, here writing as Maria DiRico, hits the B&N mass-market bestseller list with the debut book of her new cozy "Catering Hall Mystery Series." As a guy from Queens myself, I love this story--having been to enough weddings and bar mitzvahs at the over-the-top catering halls that call Queens home. This one is based on the World's Fair Marina catering hall on Flushing Bay, across the Grand Central from CitiField and under the flight path of LaGuardia Airport. And when the catering hall is mob-owned...well, let's just say that things happen. Fun read...

After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . ....

Now on sale...and doing well! If you like international espionage, James Bond, really bad villains, you should check out...
03/05/2020
Deep Cover (A Dan Morgan Thriller)

Now on sale...and doing well! If you like international espionage, James Bond, really bad villains, you should check out Leo Maloney's DEEP COVER!
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“Dan Morgan is one of the best heroes to come along in ages.”—Jeffery Deaver Black Ops veteran Leo J. Maloney presents an action-packed thriller of undercover operatives on a collision course with nuclear disaster . . . DEEP COVER While posing as black market a...

02/26/2020

Latest sale, as reported in Publishers Marketplace:

Former Penguin copy chief Debbie Babitt's SAVING GRACE, pitched as where To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Bad Seed, the story of the first female sheriff in a small Bible Belt town in the Ozarks who investigates the disappearance of a sixth-grader that eerily echoes the long-ago missing persons cases of two young girls—classmates of the sheriff—that still haunt her, with dangerous and devastating revelations awaiting her in the present, to Otto Penzler at Scarlet, with Luisa Smith editing, in a nice deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in spring 2021, by Doug Grad at Doug Grad Literary Agency (world).
Film/TV: Joel Gotler, [email protected]

I'm greatly saddened to hear about the passing of legendary editor Alice Mayhew. I first met Alice in 1986 when I began ...
02/04/2020
Longtime S&S Editorial Director Alice Mayhew Dead at 87

I'm greatly saddened to hear about the passing of legendary editor Alice Mayhew. I first met Alice in 1986 when I began in publishing as a temporary assistant to Michael Korda. And while Alice could be absolutely terrifying to young people in the office, I guess I stayed on her good side by not actually working for her! But after I left the editorial side of the profession and became an agent, and began submitting to Alice, she treated me as an old friend because she remembered that I was at S&S (and Pocket) during the glory days of S&S in the 1980s and 1990s. She was a terrific and fascinating lunch date, with her "usual" table at Michael's on 55th Street--a restaurant where the rich and famous went to dine, to see and be seen. I had lunch with her there many times, and while I never had the luck to sell a book to her, she was always gracious in her rejections--often with editorial comments!--and encouraging. And to listen to her stories about Bob Woodward, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many of her other huge authors, was a real treat. I figured she was about 10 years younger than she actually was. She was a true force in the industry, and they don't make editors like her any more. She will be truly missed, both on a professional and personal level.

Alice Mayhew, v-p and editorial director of Simon & Schuster, died on February 4 at her home in New York. She was 87.

Now available for pre-order, the new ebook original novella by Jerome Preisler. Only $2.99!#Amazon
01/30/2020
Net Force: Eye of the Drone

Now available for pre-order, the new ebook original novella by Jerome Preisler. Only $2.99!
#Amazon

An all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling Net Force series, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik and written by Jerome Preisler.In Munich, a renowned computer scientist dies. Then, his daughter vanishes. Both under mysterious circumstances.Kali Alcazar, a master hacker, wants to k...

Congrats to Ellen Byron on her recent nominations (Left Coast Crime Award--Best Humorous Mystery and Agatha Award--Best ...
01/24/2020
Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery

Congrats to Ellen Byron on her recent nominations (Left Coast Crime Award--Best Humorous Mystery and Agatha Award--Best Contemporary Novel) for the latest book in her Cajun Country Mystery Series--Fatal Cajun Festival. Of course, her previous book, Mardi Gras Mystery, WON the Agatha Award last year, and two earlier books in the series took home the Lefty. Talented writer? You bet!
#Amazon

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Ellen Byron cranks it up to eleven in the fifth fast and funny Cajun Country mystery.Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival--but she'll have one foot in the grave if she can't bring the killer of a diva's...

In the middle of a massive update of my website--new books, new authors, new cross-references, new photos. Still a work ...
01/24/2020
Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc.

In the middle of a massive update of my website--new books, new authors, new cross-references, new photos. Still a work in progress, but check it out...http://www.dgliterary.com/

Welcome to the website of the Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc. The agency opened for business in 2008, after Doug had spent the previous twenty-two years as a senior editor at four major New York...

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Pls call me 212-666-6217 re book on college admissions... TY, Neal