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A Letter from Irene

Dear Friends,

The only constant is change, and the publishing industry has been full of change lately. Our agency is no exception. Over the last few years, we have doubled our staff, expanded and diversified our list, and moved to a lively and beautiful suite in a rapidly growing part of Chelsea. We have more bestselling authors than ever before, both in the U.S. and abroad, and the numbers continue to climb. Our list includes all kinds of fiction — both commercial and literary — topical nonfiction, social issues, pop culture, and anything that captures our interest.

Sometimes we ask ourselves how all this can be happening when the economy is down, bookstores are closing, and digital rights are permanently affecting the book as we know it.

The answer is simple and timeless: a great story always sells. Good writing never gets old. The technology may change, but we're ready to embrace whatever format emerges, as long as it contains a story that stops us in our tracks. That is why we are thriving in a business that is shuddering, and that's why we find new and delightful success in a sea of changes.

But there's more. We have a unique perspective here, because we're just a tiny bit unorthodox. We all work like mad, because we love what we do. Our offices are filled with discourse, laughter, brainstorming, passion, and great moments of triumph. You won't find any time clocks or fancy dress codes here, but you will find consummate professionalism that stems from true respect rather than obligation. That's how I created the concept of the Power Summit meeting — a highly effective day in which all the key people in the author's professional life get together in one room to focus on the author's career. The Power Summit is a way to harness positive energy toward a common goal, and that is the mood and style of this agency.

Please take a moment to browse through our site, and to meet our talented and motivated staff. But most of all, check out our marvelous authors. They inspire and challenge us every day so that we can help to bring their voices to the forefront. They are the lifeblood of our business and they are the reason we are here.

Thanks for visiting, and happy reading!

Irene Goodman