Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Matt Wagner of Fresh Books, Inc.

Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.44.50 PMMatt Wagner is a literary agent and founder of Fresh Books, Inc.

Matt mostly handles nonfiction. The only fiction he seeks is: strong police procedurals and thrillers.

In nonfiction: “I’m looking for new and established authors writing narrative nonfiction, lifestyle and reference titles, including: popular science, technology, health, fitness, photography, design, computing, gadgets, social media, career development, education, business, leadership, personal finance, parenting, how-to, and humor. I’m always open to how-to and reference, or books from subject matter experts or teachers that might fit the ‘for Dummies’ or similar series. I also like humorous how-to, such as Michelle Waitzman’s Sex in a Tent or ‘irreference’ such as Roger Ma’s Zombie Combat Manual. I’m eager to see strong proposals from experienced teachers and presenters on technical subjects. I will also read anything about emerging technologies. I’m experienced in working with corporations and branded books, such as The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing, by Eric Groves.”

“Prior to founding Fresh Books, I was an agent with Waterside Productions 1989-2004, where I sold in excess of 1000 books to over 30 publishers, generating more than 25 million dollars in author revenue. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz, where I spent a year in the stacks at McHenry Library shelving (and perusing) books. I also studied playwriting and dramaturgy in the Professional Theatre Training Program at U.C. San Diego.”

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