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Besides helping many writers improve their manuscripts and publish independently, Fearless Literary develops a limited number of projects for direct representation to publishers. We currently specialize in the nonfiction fields of contemporary spirituality, human potential, health & fitness, memoir, and the arts, but have begun to develop some fiction projects. Following are some of the promising projects now in progress at various stages of development. Rights inquiries from established publishers are welcome. To keep up with all author news from Fearless Literary, join the Fearless Books mailing list.
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ANDREW BECKER KAREN BRODY KIM DERKACH KEVIN FISHER-PAULSON
TONI GALARDI PhD DAVID KNOPFLER MARY ANN McGUIRE
ROY PARVIN GARY R. RENARD WENDY SARKISSIAN
SANGEETHA SHINDE ROBERTO TOSTADO MD
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SARAH ANNE SHOCKLEY MARIA FELIPE REBEKAH McCLASKEY
DANA MARROCCO CORINNE ZUPKO
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CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Hailing from Cloverdale in Sonoma County CA, Roy Parvin and Janet Vail have assembled an extraordinarily entertaining proposal for YOGA FOR THE INFLEXIBLE MALE: A How-To Guide for the Less-Fair Sex. Addressing a "vast untapped audience of yoga practitioners consisting of multitudes of men too prideful or mortified to ever attempt a Downward Dog in front of a woman," Roy writes in the authorial voice of "Yoga Matt" to offer a basic introduction to this timeless health discipline, whose male audience is currently estimated at 28% of all practitioners (but growing steadily). Roy is the award-winning author of two books of fiction, with his short stories being widely anthologized and included in the Best American Short Stories series; he has also been awarded an NEA grant and Breadloaf Fellowship. Janet has over 25 years experience in book production, shepherding many projects from manuscripts to bound and published books. She also curates the "Books on Stage" reading series in Cloverdale. The yoga teaching in this book is based on the popular male-only classes of Jerry Sinclair, an ex-competitive wrestler with 23 years experience practicing and teaching yoga. Meet Roy and Janet on Facebook, and visit Roy's website.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing native South Indian writer and feminist activist Sangeetha Shinde for the editorial development and representation of her novel THE THOUSAND LIGHTS OF CHENNAI, based on the true-life story of a slum-dweller who was bought and sold three times as a domestic slave. Previously Sangeetha was the founding editor of two national cultural magazines and contributing editor to a premier life-style magazine in the Middle East; Principal Correspondent with The Times Group in India; and a contributor to Reader's Digest, Femina and Savvy. She has also authored a book of short stories for the Kingdom of Jordan (Amman: Story) and served on the judging panel of a London-based international short story contest. Currently living in Greece with her husband, Sangeetha grew up in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu which inspired A Moral Murder, her successful second book of short stories. Read her stunning manifesto "I Am An Indian Woman" and connect with her on Facebook.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: In 2016, Wendy Sarkissian PhD watched in horror as her beloved husband Karl drowned before her eyes in their car that had plunged into a river in Australia. Narrowly escaping with her own life, Wendy soon found both solace and wisdom in written communications with her lost husband, a story she tells with wit and wisdom in STAY CLOSE: How to Heal from Grief and Stay Connected to One Who Has Died. Utilizing the principles of radical philosopher and educator Rudolf Steiner from his book Staying Connected, Wendy tells a heart-rending yet ultimately inspiring story of the timelessness of an authentic intimate relationship. Wendy lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and has a professional background comprising 50 years experience in city & community planning and environmental ethics. Learn more at her website or activist blog.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary has signed Andy Becker of Gig Harbor, Washington, for his gift book of practical inspiration entitled THE SPIRITUAL GARDENER: Fertile Insights from the Jewish Tradition To Help Your Garden Grow. A small-town attorney who now works mostly in mediation, Andy was once a frustrated gardener, beset by rocky soil, hills, too many surrounding trees, slugs, and deer. Despite these challenges, Andy has never failed to grow vegetable and flowers every spring and summer, reflecting on the deeper aspects of his labors as he turns the soil and harvests a bounty. In 18 elegant essays touching on such subjects as Weeds, Damn Wabbits, Horseradish & Bitterness, and Raspberry Jam, Andy creates a reflective "how-to" guide to gardening that's useful at both ground and soul levels. The book will also feature full-color illustrations by Washington artist Abigail Drapkin. To learn more about Andy and watch his gardening vlogs, see andybecker.life.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Fearless Literary is pleased to be working with Kim Derkach RN, a nurse, teacher, and spiritual healer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who is writing a teaching memoir entitled LIFE IN HD: A Nurse's Prescription for Living Vibrantly with Autoimmune Challenges. Kim shares her unique and contemporary prescription for blending both conventional and holistic medicine to heal grief, manage chronic illness, and reclaim the greatest possible vitality in living every day. After losing her brother to Juvenile Huntington’s Disease, Kim had to focus on healing her own severe autoimmune disorder and gradually learned the keys to replenishing body, mind, and soul. Facing the profound issue of mortality in her early 20s, Kim rose from rock bottom to become a helper and teacher of the essential wisdom that death, grief, and struggle can yield to all of us. Connect with Kim on Facebook.
Gary R. Renard, the best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe, Your Immortal Reality, Love Has Forgotten No One, and The Lifetimes When Jesus and Buddha Knew Each Other, was born on the historic North Shore of Massachusetts. He became a successful professional guitar player, but during the harmonic convergence of 1987, he heard a calling and began to take his life in a different direction. At the beginning of the 1990s, he moved to Maine, where he underwent a powerful spiritual awakening. As instructed, he slowly and carefully wrote Disappearance over a period of nine years. Originally published by Fearless Books in 2003, the title was an immediate small-press phenomenon and was licensed to Hay House in 2005, going on to sell over 200,000 copies in world English and a number of foreign editions. Fearless Literary is pleased to welcome Gary "back home" by representing his fifth title, currently in progress, entitled The Awareness of Being God. Publisher inquiries are invited. See Gary's website here.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing Roberto Tostado, MD of San Marino, California for the development and representation of his book WTF* IS WRONG WITH OUR HEALTH? (*What, the Food?!). This concise, hard-hitting, and often humorous polemic is a concerned physician's wake-up call to Americans who are worrying about their healthcare coverage while too often ignoring the fact that they may be eating themselves to death. A physician for over 23 years who is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Tostado is a graduate of Columbia University, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the University of Southern California’s Residency Program at the California Medical Center. After becoming disillusioned with conventional medicine's reliance on pharmaceuticals, Dr. Tostado started his own clinic focusing on holistic and natural protocols, with an emphasis on prevention. See more about his work at http://theibody.com/.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing Toni Galardi, PhD of Mill Valley, CA for the representation of her book LIFEQUAKE! Growing Consciously Through Chaotic Change. As a psychotherapist, speaker, nationally published advice columnist, and corporate consultant, Dr. Toni has worked with hundreds of clients and groups as diverse as Xerox, Auto Desk, and The Moment of Change Conference, along with participating as a guest expert on numerous telesummits and on broadcast TV and radio. Dr. Toni's innovative 7-stage "Roadmap" for change enables her clients and readers to connect brain, body, and spirit in order to grow from the upheaval of any crisis. She calls herself "the poster child for the change-impaired" because it took three near-fatal accidents for her to figure out there was another way to prepare for transformation. She writes an advice column, “Ask the LifeQuake Doctor,” for Counselor Magazine, and has appeared as a frequent guest expert on Fox News and ABC, speaking about the right-brain approach to change mastery in times of economic crisis. Learn more at www.drtonigalardi.com.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing author Karen Brody for the representation of her self-published title OPEN HER: Activate 7 Masculine Powers to Arouse Your Woman's Love and Desire. This masterfully written guide to men's emotional growth is structured as a journey through seven male archetypes: The Artist, The Poet, The Director, The Warrior, The Sage, The Dark Knight, and The Lover. Replete with personal stories and provocative practices based on Karen's 15+ years of work as a Relationship Expert for Men, OPEN HER has been an indie-press success since its release in 2014, currently selling hundreds of copies monthly mostly via word-of-mouth. Fearless Literary will be seeking a significant offer from major publishers to launch this intelligent and much-needed work into the publishing mainstream. Learn more about Karen at her website and order the current edition of her book from Amazon.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary is honored to announce signing Northern California author Mary Ann McGuire for the launch of her stunning autobiography, AN AMERICAN BUDDHA: How a Christian Minister Discovered Her Spiritual Destiny. A retired Christian minister who grew up Catholic, Mary Ann left the beloved religion of her youth only to struggle against institutional gender bias in her unsuccessful attempt to be ordained as an Episcopalian priest. She was later identified by the revered Tibetan Buddhist master H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche as the living reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal, an eighth-century princess regarded as the "Mother of All Tibet" and a female manifestation of the Buddha. Throughout this epic adventure, Mary Ann continued to live the outwardly normal life of a twice-married wife, mother, grandmother, widow, community activist, and philanthropist. As she writes near the end of the book, "I knew with every fiber of my being that inner spiritual authority is earned regardless of gender and only through profound listening, through the willful choice to heed the call, and by walking the path in devoted practice. It is up to each of us whether or not we walk the solitary journey into the heart of our own Buddha nature." See more at the website for AN AMERICAN BUDDHA.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Fearless Literary is working with veteran indie musician David Knopfler, founder of the 70s hit band Dire Straits, to develop a book of advice and memoir entitled HIGHER STRAITS: An Indie Musician's Advice for Keeping It Together and Getting Some Satisfaction. The book will offer David's experienced wisdom on the independent music biz for up-and-coming musicians, based on his early experience in Dire Straits and his subsequent pursuit of a self-produced musical career. "If you feel driven and compelled to make your work and to be fiercely original and have something unique to say, in a compelling way, then chances are the helpers will be there for you... the doors will open some, the ice will crack. You just have to be sufficiently driven not to give up, even when you’re feeling about as popular as Vincent Van Gogh did when the good people of Arles sent him packing." For more preview, read the Fearless "Higher Straits" interview with David here.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION:The author of the award-winning memoir A SONG FOR LOST ANGELS: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family (originally published by Fearless Books) Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson lives with his husband Brian, their two sons, and their four rescue dogs in San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and subsequently studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott. Kevin is a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series, and blogs for Gays with Kids. Now in its Second Edition from the author's own press, SONG is being represented to larger publishing houses to realize its enormous potential. Order the current edition and read an excerpt here.
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Principal Agent and Editor D. Patrick Miller founded Fearless Books & Literary Services in 1997. He is a veteran magazine journalist and author of a dozen books, and has provided manuscript evaluation and editing for many major publishers, agents, and hundreds of writers. After working in almost every other aspect of publishing, he began providing professional representation in 2015. Associate Agent and Publicity Specialist Jennifer Listug has a background in public relations at Schrader Cellars and New World Library, and brings a fresh, original, and up-to-date perspective to the challenge of "getting the word out" to help books succeed. Find out about her low-cost publicity consultations here.
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