Agent Bios

Gail Fortune Gail Fortune is a literary agent and former book editor with over twenty-five years of publishing experience. Prior to becoming an agent she spent sixteen years at Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin Random House), where she rose from Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief to Executive Editor. Her authors won RITAs and Agatha’s and were Edgar, Anthony and Shamus nominees. She has edited and agented New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and Publisher’s Weekly Books of the Year.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

John TalbotJohn Talbot has over twenty-five years of book publishing experience as an editor and literary agent. As an agent, he has placed books at all of the major publishers and their imprints. His clients include New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and ABA Indiebound bestsellers, as well as several winners of national literary awards. He is a member of the AAR.

Prior to becoming an agent John spent over a decade with Pocket Books and Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin Random House). At Putnam Berkley 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 then-rising literary stars such as Tom Perrotta. He edited dozens of national bestsellers and had several New York Times Notable Books. He began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster.

John received his B.A. in English Composition from DePauw University and spent semesters at Washington University in St. Louis and Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating from college he lived in Japan and traveled throughout the Far East before settling in New York to work in book publishing.

Eileen LavertyEileen 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. 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.