Literary Services, Inc.
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Literary Services, Inc., PO Box 888, Barnegat, NJ 08005

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About Our Literary Agency & Advisory Services

Founded in 1991, our agency's purpose has remained steadfast—to work creatively and honestly with writers to maximize the potential value of their book ideas and aspiring careers. We work primarily with research-based non-fiction authors and historical fiction writers. Being "of service" also recognizes our responsibility to editors and publishers to represent high-quality writers and help them create best-selling books and valuable relationships with our clients.

To achieve significant results for our clients, we work closely with them in shaping their ideas into impactful proposals and books. We work with many award-winning authors and leading content experts.

*Recent Award-Winning Books*

Tractor Wars by Neil Dahlstrom

The Remarkable Reefs of Cuba

The Inclusive Language Field Guide

We now offer a Content & Strategy Coaching Service for aspiring authors. Let's be clear: this is not a "reading fee" but a consulting service for aspiring authors. In addition to reviewing your work and making content recommendations, we can schedule a Zoom conference to discuss questions about your work and strategic publishing options.

Our agency's services include:

author representation contract reviews
manuscript development proposal evaluations
content coaching and strategy small press consulting

 John Willig, Literary Advisor and Content Coach

John Willig with Ralf SpechtCelebrating 47 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.

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 where he published in 1984 one of the first books on AI — Artificial Intelligence: Tools, Techniques and Applications by Tim O'Shea and Marc Eisenstadt. 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. He acquired and edited Jim's first book Beyond Entrepreneurship which now has a new edition B.E. 2.0. 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 800 publishing agreements. John participates at many industry events including the Writer's Digest and American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) conferences.

In the Media:

microphone icon Listen to John's recent podcast interview with with Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Publishers on 'How to Get a Literary Agent for Your Book', Part I

microphone icon Listen to John's recent podcast interview with Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Publishers on 'How Agents Find the Best Publisher for You With John Willig', Part II

 Our Regional and Global Book Scouts and Clients

We work worldwide with a great group of publishing professionals. Our scouts and clients are now based across the U.S. and around the world. Our clients work in many countries including Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Italy, U.K., New Zealand, France, Guatemala, Argentina, and China.

 Welcome: Michi Kanno, Japanese Content Advisor

Michi Kanno headshot Based in New York, Michi provides consulting and representation services for cultural, arts and craft content originating in Japan. She has worked with Nikoli Puzzles, Taro’s Origami Studio, the Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center and Yame City Craft Division in Kyushu.

 Sylvia Tooker, Web Manager

Sylvia Tooker at her desk with computer screens in the backgroundBased in Dallas, Texas, Sylvia Tooker provides WordPress web design and site maintenance services to solo professionals and small businesses nationwide. Her work includes two website redesign projects for author Edward E. Gordon.


  Client Spotlight

Leon Wildes, John Lennon vs. The USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in US History

John Lennon vs. The U.S.A. coverCongratulations to Leon Wildes, founder and senior partner of Wildes & Weinberg, a distinguished immigration law firm, on the publication and film deal for his new book — over 40 years in the making! Leon was John Lennon and Yoko Ono's attorney during their epic battle with Richard Nixon and the US government — a case eventually won by the Lennons and Leon which became a landmark legal case relevant today. Foreword by Michael Wildes.

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