Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: John Willig of Literary Services, Inc.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 9.53.30 AM.pngJohn Willig is a literary agent with Literary Services, Inc.

John is primarily interested in: narrative nonfiction that shines a light on new topics, events or perspectives and research-based prescriptive nonfiction. Categories of interest include: science, psychology, history, politics, current events, business, travel, food/cooking, crafts, lifestyle/personal growth (please no memoirs), and reference. John’s also interested in historical crime/mystery fiction.

Celebrating 40 years working in publishing, John often says to friends that his career actually began as a Newsday paperboy growing up on Long Island, New York. He was fortunate to be raised in a family whose passions included books, basketball, and gatherings at the beach.

After graduating from Brown University, his first job was as a sales representative in academic publishing. He soon began work as a marketing manager and then editor for HarperCollins. As his interests moved to trade publishing, he became an executive editor at Prentice Hall for business books. While at P-Hall, John enjoyed working with such authors as Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler and Jim Collins and acquired Mr.Collins’ first book Beyond Entrepreneurship. In 1991 he decided to become a literary agent to work more closely with writers. Throughout his career as an editor and agent, John has successfully negotiated over 700 publishing agreements.

John is a member of The Authors Guild and participates at industry events including Writer’s Digest conferences and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) conferences. John is the proud father of two sons, both of whom were All-Shore Academic All Stars and graduated with honors from their respective colleges.

 

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