Scott Meredith founded the Agency in 1946 which ultimately sold 25,000 titles.
Arthur Klebanoff acquired the Agency from Scott Meredith’s estate in 1993 and added a client list he had built since the 1970s. Arthur specializes in category leading nonfiction projects.
During his career Arthur has represented titles with over $1 billion in retail sales.
Welcome to the Scott Meredith
The purpose behind Bloomberg by Bloomberg was to project the growing worldwide Bloomberg brand. The book succeeded and set the table for Michael Bloomberg’s first race for Mayor of New York. A follow on book was set aside when Bloomberg decided to run (and win) a third term as Mayor.
In 1996, Bill Bradley had a manuscript ready about his Senate years and a plan to run for President in 2000. He needed an agent who could get large commitments out of a publisher without a dollar advance. Bradley has since published three bestsellers and became the first outside investor in RosettaBooks.
In 1984, Arthur Klebanoff arranged the licenses for a 40-volume biography set of U.S. Presidents with signed memoir editions by Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. First of 3,000 leather-bound licenses arranged for Easton Press over the next 28 years.
The Great Books Foundation retained the Agency to advise on licensing opportunities.
The Nobel Prize winning economist has published dozens of professional books, a leading economics text (coauthored with his wife Robin Wells) and a widely read New York Times column. The assignment was to gain the broadest possible international market for Paul Krugman’s trade books.
The Agency acts as Business Development advisor to Mayo Clinic Press.
The Agency assembled the Easton Press 40 volume leather-bound Peterson Field Guides (a $40 million direct response program) for the 50th anniversary of Birds to the Eastern United States. Today the Agency represents International Literary Properties which owns most Peterson copyrights and the Roger Tory Peterson Family in connection with certain publishing and licensing.
BRUCE PIASECKI AND AHC GROUP
Bruce Piasecki is the founder and Chairman of AHC Group and author of more than 20 books. AHC Group focuses on public affairs, strategic management and change management. The Agency is advising on new titles with Rodin Books and backlist re-issuances.
The Trust asked the Agency to advise on a process which led to the eBook release of four J.D. Salinger works.
The Michel Thomas family retained the Agency to grow the program into one of the largest language training programs in the world.
The award winning New York City nonprofit retained the Agency to seek text and trade publishing opportunities for its 7,500 student written and professionally supervised essays.
Arthur Klebanoff has owned the Scott Meredith Literary Agency since 1993. Arthur has represented books that have grossed more than $1 billion in retail sales. He is the author of The Agent: Personalities, Politics and Publishing (2002).
Arthur is a graduate of Harvard Law School (Law Review) and Yale University (winner of the Alpheus Henry Prize).
MARY JO ANNE VALKO WARNER: RIGHTS MANAGER
Mary Jo Anne Valko Warner has worked with Arthur Klebanoff since 1978. Mary Jo handles the negotiation and contracting for the 3,000+ titles in the Easton Press program and is one of the senior rights buyers in the trade publishing industry.
Maxine Schweitzer has handled Finance for The Scott Meredith Literary Agency for more than 15 years. Schweitzer has a BA from New York University and an MS from Simmons College.