CSG LITERARY PARTNERS recently merged with MDM Management, founded by Michele Martin in 2009, creating a boutique agency of high quality non-fiction titles.
The agency is run by Steve Harris and Gabriel Harris, Our strength is in helping authors to develop saleable proposals, to acquire and negotiate publishing contracts on their behalf, and to provide general management of both the books and the author's writing career. With over four decades of publishing expertise, we focus on helping authors to market and promote their books and themselves.
Just like every legitimate literary agency, our fee is 15% of all monies received, and there are no reading fees. What may set us apart, though, is we’re always a phone call or an email away, with prompt responses if you do happen to go into voicemail, and our authors are kept completely up-to-date on an immediate basis as to interest in their project, or the unfortunate turn-downs. It’s your project, and we make you part of the process!
To judge our interest in your work, please email a carefully crafted and brief query letter. If you do have a book proposal, feel free to attach it as a Word or PDF document. If you don’t have one, feel free to email email@example.com, and he will gladly email our Book Proposal Format to you.
We are interested in:
Memoir and Children’s Non-Fiction, but only if heavily platformed!
We do NOT handle poetry, fiction, computer, religious, children’s or memoir (again, unless there is a sizeable platform associated with it).
We usually respond very quickly, but if you have not heard anything back within a week or two, feel free to send an email requesting the status. We’re human – emails sometime slip through cracks or find their way into email heaven.
Gabrielle Bernstein - motivational speaker and spiritual guru that the NY Times calls “a guru for the next generation." Three published books including the #5 NY Times Bestseller, MAY CAUSE MIRACLES.
Mike Robbins – sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader, and coach, and author of two books.
John Holland - internationally renowned psychic medium and spiritual teacher, dedicated to the ongoing development of his unique gift.
Susan Schwartz – JFK’s SECRET DOCTOR: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MEDICAL PIONEER AND LEGENDARY ROCK CLIMBER HANS KRAUS, Skyhorse, 2012
Laurie Rubin – DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR?: INSIGHTS FROM A GIRL WITHOUT SIGHT – Seven Stories, 2012
Timothy Masters with Steve Lehto – DRAWN FROM INJUSTICE: THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF TIMOTHY MASTERS – Berkley, 2012
SOON TO BE PUBLISHED BOOKS:
Lissa Rankin, MIND OVER MEDICINE: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, Hay House, May, 2013, HC
Jimmy Sturr, THE POLKA KING: The Life and Times of Polka Music’s Living Legend, BenBella Books, April, 2013, HC
Edward Friedman with William Cane, THE NEW TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT: How You and Your Doctor can Fight Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Alzheimer's, Prometheus Books, June 2013, HC
Averie Sunshine, PEANUT BUTTER COMFORT: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread, Skyhorse Publishing, June, 2013, HC
Steve Lehto, THE GREAT AMERICAN JET PACK: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device, Chicago Review Press, May, 2013, HC
Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, BUILD YOUR DREAMS: HOW TO MAKE A LIVING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE, August 2013, PB, Running Press
Lissa Rankin, M.D. – THE FEAR CURE – Hay House
Alexis Wolfer – COOKING FOR BEAUTY: Discover Beauty’s Best Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen – Running Press
Chris Grosso – WATCH IT BURN – Beyond Words/Atria
Ron Nief and Tom McBride – THE MINDSET LIST OF WHAT MOST AMERICANS HAVE LONG FORGOTTEN - Sourcebooks
Steve Lehto - PRESTON TUCKER: THE REVOLUTIONARY CAR DESIGNER AND HIS BATTLE TO PRODUCE THE CAR OF TOMORROW, Foreword by Jay Leno – Chicago Review Press
Alana Kaivalya – MYTHS AND MANTRAS, New World Library
Christine Hassler – EXPECTATIONS HANGOVERS: HOW TO LEVERAGE DISAPPOINTMENT INTO ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT -- New World Library – Audio Rights sold to Brilliance Audio
Ann Zachry – RETRO BABY: COMBINING TRADITIONAL PARENTING WISDOM WITH THE LATEST RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGIES TO HELP YOUR BABY MASTER CRITICAL DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES SAFELY AND SUCCESSFULLY – Association of American Pediatricians
PROPOSALS CURRENTLY BEING SUBMITTED TO PUBLISHERS:
Luigi “Squeegie” Castillo with William Cane – AN AMERICAN BRONX BOMBER’S DREAM - Sports
Jennifer Hicks – DON’T KNOW MUCH BIOLOGY – Science
Kara Sundlun – FINDING DAD – Memoir/Inspirational
Mike Seidl - GOLF IN THE WEST – Sports
Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters – THE GREATEST PREGNANCY EVER – Health and Parenting
Anna Easteden – ORGANIC COOKING FROM THE HEART OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE – Cooking
Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen – VBAC: Vaginal Birth after Caesearean – Simon & Schuster Option Work – Parenting and Health
Ellen Whitehurst – MAGICALLY DELICIOUS, Mind/Body/Spirit
Jennie Lee – YOGA THERAPY FOR PARENTS – Parenting
Joanne Michaels – THE JOY OF DIVORCE – Humor
Anthony Meindl – ALPHABET SOUP FOR GROWN-UPS – Spirituality/Self Help
Laura Benko – THIS IS FENG SHUI NOW – Mind/Body/Spirit
Barbara Stanny – SACRED SUCCESS – Self-Help
Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman -- YOU DON'T KNOW SH!T – Food and Environment
Kara Sundlun - FINDING DAD -- Memoir, Inspiration, and Self-Help
Jonas Elrod --
Robert Ohotto - world renowned radio show host, and intuitive counselor, coach and life strategist.
"Steven is exactly what you hope for when seeking an agent - responsive, passionate, intelligent, persistent, tactful, and connected. They make an amazing team - the perfect balance of big picture thinking and detail-orientation. They helped us refine our proposal into something we are truly proud of and they secured an amazing deal for us beyond what we ever expected." -- Chip Hiden/Alexis Irvin, BUILDING YOUR DREAMS, Running Press, September, 2013
MOST RECENT SALES / FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Alexis Wolfer - Cooking for Beauty - to Running Press
Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin - Building Your Dreams: The Career Manifesto for Millennials Seeking Passionate Work - to Running Press
Edward Friedman, PhD and William Cane - Hormone Receptors: Natures Antidote to Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's - to Prometheus Books
Averie Sunshine - Peanut Butter Comfort - to Skyhorse
Steve Lehto - American Murder Houses - to Berkley
Steve Lehto - Walking in the Sky: The History of the Jetpack and Other Personal Flying Devices - to Chicago Review Press
Lissa Rankin, M.D. – Mind Over Medicine - to Hay House
Gabrielle Bernstein- The Lovetarian Way - to Crown Publishers
Gabrielle Bernstein- Medidating - to Hay House
Gabrielle Bernstein-God Is My Publicist, streaming video - to Hay House
Latham Thomas- Mama Glow and Untitled Work - to Hay House
Luis “Squeegee” Castillo - Clubhouse Confidential - to St. Martin’s Press
Tom McBride and Ron Nief – The Mindset Lists of American History - to Wiley
Jimmy Sturr with Alan Goldsher – The Polka King - to BenBella Books
Steve Boorstein - Different Strokes - to Skyhorse Publishing
Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen – Foreword by Dr. Christiane Northurp – The Essential Homebirth Guide - to Pocket Books
Al Meltzer with Robert Lyons, Big Al - to Camino Books
Laurie Rubin – Do You Dream in Color - to Seven Stories
Robert Schnakenberg – Crazy Sh*t President’s Said - to Running Press
Susan E.B. Schwartz – JFKs Secret Doctor: The Remarkable Life of Medical Pioneer and Legendary Rock Climber Hans Kraus - to Skyhorse
Ten-year-old Marshall Reid and mother Alexandra Reid – Portion Size Me - to Sourcebooks
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Steven Harris has worked for Warner Books, The New American Library, Penguin, and The Overlook Press, and was an agent who founded and ran International Publisher Associates with Joseph DeRogatis. Together, they successfully marketed "The Cyndi Lauper Scrapbook," "Shelli Sonstein's Thoroughly Tasteful Dirty Jokebook," "The Pediatrician's A-Z Guide," and the critically acclaimed "Under the Clock," among many others.
Email with a query letter. Perfectly acceptable to attach a professional book proposal. If you're not sure how to prepare one, feel free to email us for book proposal format instructions.