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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. 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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CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT OR REPRESENTATION
KAREN BRODY KEVIN FISHER-PAULSON
DAVID KNOPFLER DANA MARROCCO MARY ANN McGUIRE
SARAH ANNE SHOCKLEY DIEDERIK WOLSAK
MARIA FELIPE LYNA JONES REBEKAH McCLASKEY
D. PATRICK MILLER CORINNE ZUPKO
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CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing Sarah Anne Shockley of northern California for representation of her independently published book, THE PAIN COMPANION: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain, to mainstream publishers. A native of Connecticut, Sarah is a multiple award-winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance. Her first book, Traveling Incognito, a guidebook for international travelers, won a Critic's Choice Award (San Francisco Review of Books). She holds an MBA in International Marketing and has worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration. As the result of a work related injury in 2007, Sarah contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and has lived with debilitating nerve pain since then. She is a columnist for Pain News Network, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. See her range of resources for those living with chronic pain at the Pain Companion website and Facebook page.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT: Fearless Literary is pleased to announce signing Diederik Wolsak, RCP, MPCP for the development and representation of his book in progress, CHOOSE AGAIN: Six Steps to a Better Way of Living. Founder and program director of the Choose Again Attitudinal Healing Center with branches in Vancouver, Canada and Costa Rica, Diederik is an international workshop leader, public speaker and relationship counselor with years of experience in group facilitation. Spending the first three years of his life in a Japanese concentration camp, Diederik's troubled childhood plagued him with self-hatred and fear of the world around him. Despite becoming a successful businessman and international athlete, he struggled with prolonged alcohol and drug abuse until, at the age of fifty, he encountered the teaching of A Course in Miracles and the Atttitudinal Healing program founded by Jerry Jampolsky, M.D. CHOOSE AGAIN will share the essence of Diederik's veteran perspective on turning one's life around and removing self-imposed blocks to happiness. Learn more at the Choose Again Society website and Facebook.
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 DEVELOPMENT: 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." For a brief introduction to this historically significant memoir, read the Prologue to AN AMERICAN BUDDHA.
CURRENTLY IN REPRESENTATION: Fearless Literary is is pleased to be representing Dana Marrocco, PhD to the trade for her first book, TOP TEN LIES WE TELL OURSELVES (And How to Stop Believing Them). "Dr. Dana" brings her professional background in educational psychology and the spiritual inspiration of A Course in Miracles to a light-hearted but profound discussion of the most common self-deceptions that keep people from living happy and creative lives. The Foreword will be contributed by Gary Renard, author of the popular "Disappearance of the Universe" series, and the previous reigning comedian in the field. Claiming to have been "blonded by the Light," Dr. Dana speaks, sings, and performs "self-help stand-up" at local spiritual centers and retreats. She lives with her husband and two children in New Jersey. Experience Dr. Dana's style in her video series entitled "Did You Forget to Laugh?" and connect with her on Facebook or her website.
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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