Javelin: literary agents of change

“Changing the outdated, inefficient author-agent relationship.”

WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE

Javelin in Washingtonian

Imagine a literary agency founded by writers for writers.

A literary agency that reinvents the book business for the 21st century.

A literary agency that provides the most tenacious representation in the industry, blending editorial support before the book is published with publicity support after the book is released.

Javelin is the ideal agency for authors because we are authors ourselves. We have firsthand knowledge of the publishing experience, and because of that, we’ve put together a team that will help you in ways no other literary agency can. Because of our keen commercial eye, we have out-negotiated veteran agents on book deals for our authors. We have a first-class writing and editorial staff who can craft book proposals that get the attention of the country’s top editors. We boast our own in-house publicity team that helps make sure the books our authors have poured their hearts and souls into find the largest possible audience. These elements are essential to making books into instant bestsellers.

  • Editorial
    Editors and writers on staff to help craft stellar book proposals.
  • Publicity
    A dedicated team of publicists to reach bookbuyers via media.
  • Representation
    Aggressive negotiation and outsized advances.
  • Best Selling Books
    Leading to titles that become national conversations.

Submission guidelines

Javelin’s mission is to discover great storytellers and to help them tell stories worth remembering. Because we give each of our authors close attention, we are highly selective with the literary projects we accept. As a result, we regrettably have to decline to represent a large number of proposals that have potential, but don’t quite meet our criteria for success. In addition, we represent nonfiction authors only.

Submit your literary proposal
Every proposal that comes to us is subjected to the following five questions:

  1. Can we make the case that this book idea is not just an op-ed in disguise?
  2. Does the author have the experience or platform to market this book?
  3. Does this book provide new information or insights that would be valuable to a commercial audience?
  4. Can we see anyone paying $30 to buy this book, or give it as a gift?
  5.  If we answered “no” to any of these questions, is there a way to fix it?

 

Our books

A majority of our books have become national bestsellers.

  • Screen Shot 2016-12-28 at 10.17.00 AMSkyhorse | 2016
  • The SmearHarper Collins | 2017
  • Written Out of HistorySentinel | 2017
  • Too dumb to failHachette | 2016
  • Screen Shot 2016-12-28 at 10.24.28 AMHarper Collins | 2015
  • The SilencingRegnery | 2015
  • Our Lost ConstitutionSentinel | 2015
  • Rumsfeld's RulesBroadside | 2014
  • Ronald Reagan: New Deal RepublicanBroadside | 2017
  • Failures of ImaginationCrown Forum | 2016
  • EnvoySt. Martin's | 2016
  • The End of EuropeYale University Press | 2017
  • Wake Up AmericaSt. Martin's | 2016
  • A Time for TruthBroadside | 2015
  • Screen Shot 2016-12-28 at 10.20.15 AMEncounter | 2016
  • The Vanishing American AdultSt. Martin's | 2017
  • A Torch Kept LitCrown Forum | 2016
  • The Hundred-Year MarathonHenry Holt | 2015

Our authors

We represent presidential contenders, diplomats, journalists, historians, scientists – and others with a unique and compelling story to share. Some of our authors with forthcoming books include:

  • Donna Brazile

    Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, veteran Democratic strategist
  • Pamela Anderson

    Actress, model and activist
  • John Mackey

    CEO of Whole Foods, NYTimes bestselling author of Conscious Capitalism
  • Ben Sasse

    U.S. Senator, R-Nebraska
  • Adam Chandler

    Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • Tulsi Gabbard

    U.S. Representative, D-Hawaii
  • James K. Martin

    Acclaimed Revolutionary War historian
  • Andy Puzder

    CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's
  • Arthur Herman

    Pulitzer Prize finalist author and Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
  • Erick Erickson

    Conservative commentator and radio host
  • Tim Ballard

    Human rights activist, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad
  • Steve Hilton

    Co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac
  • Salena Zito

    CNN Contributor, NY Post columnist
  • Mary Jo Binker

    Presidential historian, the White House Historical Association
  • Sheila Tate

    Co-founder of Powell Tate Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan
  • Tim Naftali

    Presidential historian and CNN contributor
  • Katie Pavlich

    Fox News contributor, New York Times bestselling author of Fast and Furious
  • Daniel Halper

    New York Post Washington D.C. bureau chief and New York Times bestselling author of Clinton, Inc.
  • Michelle Fields

    reporter at Huffington Post, author of Barons of the Beltway