At the Talbot Fortune Agency our authors receive full-service literary representation and long-term career management advice delivered with passion and savvy. Agents John Talbot and Gail Fortune are former book editors with over two decades apiece in commercial book publishing. Likewise our rights director Eileen Laverty licensed audio, first serial, and translation rights for over a decade at top publishing houses before coming to our agency full-time.

Our collective advice is based on years of real-world experience with major publishers and our contacts are excellent. We have taken first-time novelists onto the bestseller lists and we have coached established authors into some of their most meaningful and successful books. Our clients' books are balanced evenly between fiction and nonfiction, and include a wide range of genres. We have represented several New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, a National Book Award Finalist, a National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, and a New England Book Award winner.

My goal is to ignite a passion for my clients' work, then secure for them the kinds of deals that will sustain successful, long-term careers.

-- John Talbot

Every day I hope to find great new voices, writing that jumps off the page and stories that linger long after I finish reading.

-- Gail Fortune

Working from separate but nearby offices in New York's Westchester County, John and Gail each run a division of the company that reflects their personal vision. We work with aspiring authors as well as established professionals, and encourage all who might be interested in our services to get in touch with us via the contacts page.

Client News

Congratulations to our RITA finalists -- Jodi Thomas for Best Long Historical Romance for A Town Called Harmony and Tara Taylor Quinn for Best Contemporary Romance Mid-Length for Once Upon a Family

Cheers to our Agatha Award nominees -- D.E. Ireland's Wouldn't it be Deadly for Best Historical Novel, Sherry Harris's Tagged for Death for Best First Novel, Edith Maxwell's "Just Desserts for Johnny" for Best Short Story, and Lea Wait's Uncertain Glory for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel.

Congratulations to Brad Taylor for his latest New York Times bestseller, No Fortunate Son, which Kirkus Reviews called "A sure-fire page-turner that is nearly impossible to put down." Look for Brad's latest thriller, The Insider Threat, on June 30. His newest eBook short, The Recruit, is available May 5 and will contain an exclusive preview of The Insider Threat.

Congratulations to Nathan Gorenstein, whose debut work of nonfiction, Tommy Gun Winter: Jewish Gangsters, a Preacher's Daughter, and the Trial that Shocked 1930s Boston, has been praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Wendy Ruderman -- "A triumph. The narrative crackles with indelible, three-dimensional characters who draw readers into a web of love, jealousy, loyalty, and ultimately, murder" -- and Michael Vitez -- "Nathan Gorenstein has always been a superb reporter, but he has outdone himself on Tommy Gun Winter.... The story is richly detailed, and the narrative races along like the black Packard getaway car, careening wildly through city streets, hostage on the running board, Thompson machine gun blasting away." "Fans of Laura Hillenbrand will appreciate Gorenstein's surefooted depiction of an era; those of Erik Larson will shiver at the killers' chilling amorality." --Gwen Florio, winner of the Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction.

Congratulations to Rick Campbell on his latest hardcover publication, Empire Rising, which Publishers Weekly called "another riveting military action thriller" and "a must-read for fans of this subgenre." Rick's debut novel, The Trident Deception, which Booklist called "the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy's classic The Hunt For Red October," is now out in paperback.

Willem Dafoe has joined Gerard Butler and Billy Bob Thornton in Relativity Studios' submarine thriller Hunter Killer, slated for release in 2016 and based upon the novel Firing Point by Commander George Wallace and Don Keith. 

Congratulations to Avery Aames on the recent publication of her sixth Cheese Shop Mystery, As Gouda As Dead. Avery's alter ego, Daryl Wood Gerber, will see the fourth of her Cookbook Nook Mystery series, Fudging the Books, published in August 2015.

Cheers to Cleo Coyle for her latest relase, Once Upon a Grind. It is a Mystery Guild Selection, Reviewer's Choice named it a "A Best Book of the Year Pick," and Fresh Fiction and RT Book Reviews both named it as favorite picks!

Congratulations to Liz Mugavero on the recent publication of The Icing on the Corpse, the third of her Pawsitively Organic Mystery series. This follows Liz's Agatha-Nominated debut, Kneading to Die, and A Biscuit, A Casket. The fourth title in the series, Murder Most Finicky, will be released in December 2015.

Cheers to Ellie Alexander on the very successful publication of her debut Bakeshop Mystery, Meet Your Baker. Stay tuned for Ellie's second mystery, A Batter of Life and Death, publishing in July 2015.

Kudos to J. Sydney Jones on the publication of his historical thriller The German Agent, as well as the fifth installment of his acclaimed Viennese Mystery series, A Matter of Breeding. "What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for Victorian London and Caleb Carr did for old New York, J. Sydney Jones does for historic Vienna." --New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper.

Congratulations to Suzanne Strempek Shea for the recent publications of both a new novel and an inspiring nonfiction narrative. Make a Wish but Not for Money sees Suzanne's long-awaited return to fiction with a novel that readers have called "A novel full of humor, hope, and heart," and "so thoroughly enjoyable that I found myself sad to reach the ending -- and it was a happy ending!" This is Paradise: An Irish Mother's Grief, an African Village's Plight, and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both, is an inspiring and very powerful read about how an Irish mother used unimaginable personal tragedy as her inspiration to found a medical clinic that has saved the lives of tens of thousands of Malawians.

Stay tuned for the August 2015 publication of B.B. Oak's third Henry David Thoreau Historical Mystery, Thoreau in Phantom Bog, which follows Thoreau on Wolf Hill and series debut Thoreau at Devil's Perch. "Death from a Bad Heart," a short story featuring the characters in the series, was named a Distinguished Mystery Story in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013.

Cheers to Fran Stewart on the publication of her debut novel in the ScotShop Mystery series, A Wee Murder in My Shop!

Congratulations to Laura Lebow on her debut publication, The Figaro Murders! "Intricate and engaging... offers readers a killer plot, scores of characters... a vivid evocation of Vienna during the Englightenment. Lebow leads readers on a twisting chase but plays fair with the clues... a vibrant success on all levels." --Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Congratulations to Lea Wait on the recent publication of the first of her Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series, Twisted Threads. The second title in the series, Threads of Evidence, is due out in August 2015, and the third, Thread and Gone, is scheduled for December 2015.

Cheers to Brian Kevin on the publication of The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America. "Not only does Mr. Kevin fill us in on the careening journey that helped define Thompson as a journalist but he also delivers an engrossing and opinionated travel guide to modern Latin America." --The New York Times. "Brian Kevin has written a marvelous travel romp following the Proud Highway of Hunter S. Thomspon through Latin America. Kevin is a helluva good writer and, if the Gonzo King were alive, he would give The Footloose American a thumbs up." --Douglas Brinkley.

Stay tuned for Anna Loan-Wilsey's fourth Hattie Davish Mystery, A Deceptive Homecoming, which will be released in July 2015. "Loan-Wilsey's delightful debut (A Lack of Temperance) introduces Hattie Davish... Cozy fans will eagerly await Hattie's next adventure." --Publishers Weekly.

Congratulations to Jessie Crockett on the recent publication of her third Sugar Grove Mystery, A Sticky Situation, which follows Maple Mayhem and series debut title Drizzled with Death.

Stay tuned for Julianne Holmes' debut Clock Shop Mystery, Just Killing Time, available from Berkley Prime Crime in October 2015!

Also coming up with her debut mystery series is Clover Tate, whose Kiteshop Mystery Series is set in the Pacific Northwest. Very fun, and we will keep you posted on publication dates!

Cheers to Christine Husom on the publication of her first Snow Globe Mystery, Snow Way Out! Second in the series, Iced Princess, will be released in December 2015.

Congratulations to Barbara Ross on her third Maine Clambake Mystery, Musseled Out, released April 2015. "The latest trip to Busman's Harbor is a lobster pot full of secrets and deceit. This cozy series continues to stand out with its exceptional plotting, intriguing storylines and authentic detailing of the lobstering life." -- RT Book Reviews.

Stay tuned for Edith Maxwell's third Local Foods Mystery, Farmed and Dangerous, due out in May, which follows 'Til Dirt Do Us Part and series debut A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die.

Kudos to Maddie Day, whose debut Country Store Mystery, Flipped for Murder, is out in November 2015!

Cheers to Christine DeSmet, whose third Fudge Shop Mystery, Five-Alarm Fudge, published in April 2015, following Hot Fudge Frame-Up and First-Degree Fudge.

Congratulations to Maya Corrigan on her debut Five-Ingredient Mystery, By Cook or by Crook. The next book in the series, Scam Chowder, will be out on June 30.

Congratulations to Susannah Hardy on the debut novel of her Greek to Me Mystery series, Feta Attraction. Susannah's next novel in the series, Olive and Let Die, will be released November 2015.

Cheers to Sherry Harris on the publication of her debut Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery, Tagged for Death. The second title in the series, The Longest Yard Sale, is due out in June 2015.

Cheers to Anderson Harp on the publication of his second Will Parker thriller, Born of War, the eagerly anticipated follow up to his debut Will Parker thriller, Retribution. "Reminds me of Tom Clancy at his finest." --James Rollins. "An outstanding thriller... Harp writers with complete authenticity." --Douglas Preston. "Tense and authentic--reading this book is like living a real-life mission." --Lee Child. "Harp knows his stuff." --Brad Meltzer.

Congratulations to Jerome Preisler, whose outstanding WWII narrative, First to Jump: How the Band of Brothers was Aided by the Paratroopers of Pathfinders Company, was published during the Christmas-New Year holidays and continues to sell strongly into the spring. Jerome's other recent title, Daniel's Music: One Family's Journey from Tragedy to Empowerment through Faith, Medicine, and the Healing Power of Music, is an inspiring read and also well worth checking out.

Congratulations to Clint Richmond on the publication of his latest work of nonfiction, a masterful work of historical true crime, Fetch the Devil: The Sierra Diablo Murders and Nazi Espionage in America.

Stay tuned for the latest by Pizza Bomber authors Jerry Clark and Ed Palattella, A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America, coming from Rowman and Littlefield in July 2015.

Congratulations to Art Garner on the publication of Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500, a great book for casual and more serious race fans alike.

Congratulations to Noah Bly on a fantastic reception for his recently-published novel, The Third Hill North of Town. "This is an eerie, haunting, beautifully realized novel populated by charming misfits and eccentrics." --Joseph Olshan.

Congratulations to Sian Griffiths, whose debut novel Borrowed Horses was called by the Midwest Book Review "a minor masterpiece of the novelist's art" -- well-deserved praise for this gem of a book.

Cheers to Mark S. Halfon on the publication of his fascinating and highly entertaining baseball narrative, Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History, which was honored as an SLA Baseball Caucus Reader's Choice Award winner.

Congratulations to Doug Wilson on the highly acclaimed publications of his baseball titles, The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, and Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson. In the on-deck circle: a much-anticipated biography of Carlton Fisk.

Kudos to Jonathan Hart on the publication of Man Versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventure, a great read for any sports fan, and an example of participatory journalism at its finest. "A raucous rollick along the frayed fringes of the sports world." --Blogging Joggler. "Jon Hart takes the reader on his personal journey exploring sports in a way that has not been done since the days of George Plimpton." --George Fosty, Box Score News. "Humane, heartbreaking and at times hilarious." --Dan Kennedy, author of American Spirit.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Searle on this wonderful and well-deserved endorsement from Ann Hood, for her novel Girl Held in Home -- "Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful. Move over John Cheever! Elizabeth Searle has arrived!" Elizabeth's Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera, has played stages on both coasts, and in 2015 will be performed at the New York Music Festival!

Congratulations to Arthur Nersesian, whose classic of urban literature The Fuck-Up has now surpassed 150,000 copies sold. The companion novel to The Fuck-Up, Dogrun, is slated for film release later this year as "My Dead Boyfriend," starring Heather Graham.















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