Gail Fortune is a literary agent and former book editor with over twenty years of publishing experience. Prior to becoming an agent she spent sixteen years at Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin Group (USA), where she rose from assistant to the Editor-in-Chief to Executive Editor. Her authors won six RITAs, and were nominated for Edgar and Anthony Awards. She published two Publishers Weekly Books of the Year. She edited many other national bestsellers in romance, mystery and narrative nonfiction. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Eileen Laverty currently licenses foreign, audio and first serial rights for the Talbot Fortune Agency. She started working in rights over a decade ago for Simon & Schuster and was Rights Director at Walker & Co. and then Bloomsbury USA until last year. Her experience includes working on both adult and children's lists, foreign and domestic, as well as special sales and ebooks. The titles she has placed in subsidiary markets include works by such varied authors as Dava Sobel, Ross King, David Bodanis, Mark Kurlansky, Walter Mosley, Chelsea Handler, Julianne Moore and Shannon Hale.
John Talbot has twenty-plus years of book publishing experience as an editor and literary agent. As an agent, he has placed books at imprints of all of the major publishers, including Doubleday, Random House, Bantam Dell, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, HarperCollins, Grand Central/Hachette, St. Martin's Press, Putnam Berkley, Dutton, NAL, Wiley, Macmillan, and McGraw-Hill. His clients include several New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, National Book Award Finalist Clarence Major, National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee Bruce Bawer, New England Book Award winner Suzanne Strempek Shea, former Delta Force commander Lt. Col. Brad Taylor, US Army (Ret.), former CBS News Senior Producer Batt Humphries, and Coffeehouse Mystery Series bestseller Cleo Coyle. He is a member of the AAR. Prior to becoming an agent John spent three years with Pocket Books and seven years with Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin USA), where he rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked with such global bestsellers as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, and Jack Higgins, as well as rising literary stars such as Tom Perrotta, whose novel ELECTION was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. He edited over a dozen national bestsellers and had five New York Times Notable Books for the Putnam, Berkley, and Riverhead imprints. He began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall Press. John received his B.A. in English Composition from DePauw University and also spent semesters at Washington University in St. Louis and Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.