Jeff Herman founded The Jeff Herman Literary Agency, LLC, in 1987 when in his 20’s. The agency has sold many hundreds of titles to publishers, and is one of the most dynamic and innovative agencies in the business.
Herman’s agency has a strong presence in general adult nonfiction, including business, commercial self-help, technology, recovery/healing, and spiritual subjects. The agency is a trendsetter for new publishing models, such as the creation of branded imprints and multi-title programs.
H&R Block; Fisher Investments, and the Days of Our lives soap opera franchise are some of the celebrity brands for which Herman has packaged dedicated imprints.
Herman’s own books include, Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Editor’s, Publishers & Literary Agents (more than 400,000 copies sold), and Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 Proposals That Sold & Why! co-authored with his wife and business partner, Deborah Levine Herman. They are universally considered to be among the best tools available for writers.
Herman speaks throughout the country about how to get published and become a successful author. He’s been written about in dozens of books and publications, including Success, Entrepreneur, Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes, Associated Press, and The New Yorker, and has been on many television and radio shows.
Prior to launching the agency, Herman worked for a NY public relations firm where he designed and managed national marketing campaigns for Nabisco Brands and AT&T, including the introduction of the first consumer cell phone in the NY market. Herman’s first job out of college was as a publicist at Schocken Books (now a Random House imprint) where he promoted the bestseller: When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Herman graduated from Syracuse University, where he was Captain of the award winning debate team. A native New Yorker, he resides with his family of humans and other species in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
Deborah Levine Herman
Editorial Director, Intuitive, Book proposal Doctor, Author and specialist in Spiritual Material
Deborah Levine Herman is a foremost expert on spiritual writing and publishing. A twenty-year veteran Literary Agent, Herman wrote the book “Spiritual Writing from Inspiration to Publication,” in the year 2000 before the explosion in the mind/body genre. It is due to be reintroduced “with updates for the digital age,” in Autumn, 2011. Herman, a Mystic-Medium-Animal Communicator, was a pioneer of the “New Age,” phenomenon in the late 1980’s and ran her own Holistic Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was the co-host of a popular cable television show and has been conducting spiritual readings and consultations since her mid-twenties. She currently hosts a radio show on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern with live call in. While on the air she uses either her clairvoyant-mediumistic gifts to answer questions or the oracle deck she created. She also includes guests on her shows pertaining to spirituality.
Herman is a Graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law (JD) with a Dual Degree Masters of Journalism (MA). She’s the author of 10 non-fiction titles with major publishers running the gamut of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motherhood,” and “A Simplified Guide to Writing a Personal Will,” to “Spiritual Writing from Inspiration to Publication.” The Common thread in all of Herman’s writing is her infinitely readable way of synthesizing complicated material. Many reviewers refer to her as a self-help guru. Herman has taught classes on writing and spirituality throughout the country for the past two decades.
Deborah Levine-Herman joined the Jeff Herman literary Agency LLC, in 1990 as an agent primarily focused on project selection and development. She co-authored with Jeff Herman Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 Proposals that worked and Why.
Herman is an intuitive who often uses her gifts to help writer’s discover their authentic selves. Levine-Herman speaks throughout the country on such topics as book proposals, writing as a spiritual journey, how to get published in the religious or spiritual markets. Herman also lectures on more esoteric topics such as the process of Soul-Odyssey which she believes explains why we are here and what we should be doing about it.Her interests include jewelry making, horses and automatic drawing. Her artwork forms the basis of her oracle deck.
Herman resides in Stockbridge, MA with her husband, Jeff Herman.