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 Brad Taylor on these fine early reviews for Days of Rage, now a top-ten New York Times bestseller:

"Throw in modern technology, gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, and a daring race to prevent a disaster that would make the Munich Olympics attack pale by comparison, and you have a thriller that really thrills." -- Publishers Weekly

"Another exciting spy thriller from an author who knows the territory." -- Booklist

Congratulations to Rick Campbell on his Booklist Starred Review for The Trident Deception:

"This is the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy's classic The Hunt For Red October."

Kudos to Barbara Ross on her two Agatha Award nominations, Clammed Up for Best Contemporary Novel, and "Bread Baby" for Best Short Story!

Congratulations to Liz Mugavero for her Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel for Kneading to Die!

Three cheers to Shelley Costa for her Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel for You Cannoli Die Once!

Congratulations to J.J. Murphy on A Friendly Game of Murder -- Agatha Award nominee for  Best Historical Novel!

Congratulations to Brad Taylor for The Polaris Protocol, which makes the New York Times hardcover bestseller list at #19, eBook at #9, and combined formats at #10. It is also #26 overall on the USA Today bestseller list!

Congratulations to Brad Taylor for the starred review The Polaris Protocol garnered in Publisher's Weekly:

"Bestseller Taylor's fifth Pike Logan thriller takes all the energy of the previous installments and multiplies it by a force factor of 10.... A great premise, nonstop action, and one of the baddest villains in the genre...make this a winner."

Congratulations to Cleo Coyle for the starred review Kirkus gave to Billionaire Blend:

"A coffeehouse manager's opportunity to expand her business starts with a bang... Coyle's long string of mysteries are always good value for the coffee lore and appended recipes. This is one of her best."

Jessie Crockett's Drizzled with Death received the following endorsement from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly:

"A delightful and funny start to a new series, with a great cast of characters who find themselves in sticky situations."

Barbara Ross's Clammed Up received the following endorsment from Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones:

"Take lobster, clams, and an ear of corn. Add one murder. Fold in a complex heroine, an assortment of colorful suspects, and a plot with lots of twists and turns. Heat up on an island off the coast of Maine. The result? Clammed Up contains just the right amounts of all the best ingredients to provide mystery readers with a tasty treat."

Rick Campbell's debut thriller The Trident Deception received the following rave from New York Times bestselling author Dalton Fury:

"The Trident Deception is a fistfight of a thriller... A masterpiece."

And this from Jack Coughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Shooter and Time to Kill:

"I couldn't put it down. Compelling and thrilling. This novel is a must read."

Congratulations to Jerome Preisler and Kenneth Sewell on this fine PW review for Code Name Caesar:

"With suspense surfacing amid the military intrigue, this latest by Preisler and former submariner Sewell reads like a tense thriller, but the authors also keep a steady course on the human aspect of their tale as they reconstruct the events behind this little-known WWII incident and its aftermath."

Congratulations to Jodi Thomas! Just Down the Road hit #15 on the New York Times bestseller list!

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