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 extended its award winning US curriculum through international licensing. Twenty years after launch, the assignment was to restructure those licenses.
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.
MAYO CLINIC PRESS
The Agency acts as Business Development advisor to Mayo Clinic Press.
ROGER TORY PERTERSON
The Agency advised Roger Tory Peterson on image collectibles licensing. This led Easton Press to publish the 40 volume Peterson Field Guides at $40 per volume (sales over 1 million units). After Peterson’s death the Agency went on to represent the Roger Tory Peterson Family in connection with publishing and licensing. See www.rtpi.org.
J.D. SALINGER TRUST
The Trust asked the Agency to advise on a process which led to the eBook release of four J.D. Salinger works.
MICHEL THOMAS LANGUAGE PROGRAM
After Michel Thomas’ death, the family retained the Agency to restructure UK, US and ultimately international licenses, expand the number of languages and extend a leading language teaching program into digital downloads.
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 became the owner and president of the Scott Meredith Literary Agency in 1993. Arthur is a leading literary agent and an influential presence in the publishing industry since the 1970s. He has represented books that have grossed more than $1 billion in retail sales. Arthur is the author of The Agent: Personalities, Politics and Publishing (2002).
A graduate of Harvard Law School (Law Review, 1972) and Yale University, Arthur Klebanoff is an advisor to Youth Communication in New York City.
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.