Welcome to The Talbot Fortune Agency
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' works are balanced evenly between fiction and nonfiction and include a wide range of genres. We have represented New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and ABA Indiebound bestsellers, and our authors have won some of the top literary awards in the country.
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 our 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.