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Trident Media Group Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb: On the Fireside Lives of Bestselling Authors

This article was written exclusively for Bookstr by Mark Gottlieb, literary agent at Trident Media Group. Here he discusses some of the major bestselling authors many of us have come to know and love. More importantly, he explains why we know and love these authors.


It always seemed that I was growing up with a prophecy hanging over my head. Both my parents worked in major trade book publishing, my father as a literary agent and my mother in contracts departments at various publishing houses, so it always seemed I was destined to go into book publishing. Or maybe it began with my beatnik grandparents. My grandfather was a poet who founded The Woodstock Times and bought Bob Dylan’s house from him in Woodstock. My grandfather also read Wilhelm Reich and sent his children to Summerhill, considered to be the first alternative “free” school. My grandmother was a practicing socialist, was previously married to Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront and Al Capone) and she taught acting to Sidney Poitier at the Lee Strasberg Actors Studio. They had Mary Travers of the band Peter, Paul and Mary babysit my father.

It was a very colorful way to grow up, surrounded by the vibrancy of literature, authors and other creative types. Along the way, I met many major bestselling & award-winning authors and can recount many fascinating tales, several of which I offer up here. Please allow me to be clear that this not about name-dropping but rather displaying the fireside lives of authors.

In growing up around book publishing, I’m lucky enough to be able to provide a glimpse into what it was like growing up observing writing, literature and book publishing going through their various changes over the couple of decades or so,  until now.


Dean Koontz


The Dean Koontz we know: Dean Koontz is a New York Times bestselling author. His novels are described as suspense thrillers, though they have a lot of fantasy elements to them, in addition to fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and even satire. He has written kids books too. Many of Koontz’s books have been made into movies and TV shows, namely ODD THOMAS. Lots of readers have turned to his books as one of the biggest names next to Stephen King in horror novels.


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The Dean Koontz we love: When I was a kid, I recall eating sushi for the first time with Dean Koontz in a washitsu (tatami room) at a Japanese restaurant. We didn’t know he was there at first since he surprised us. It made eating sushi for the first time all the more exciting since eating sushi was still a new thing for many New Yorkers (the thought of raw food, especially fish, was scary). Dean had an amazing home in the California hills with thousands of lights in his home with a loveable golden retriever.


Tom Clancy


The Tom Clancy we know: Tom Clancy was a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist most known for his techno-thriller espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold War. His novel THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER put him on the map. Many of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books were sold. His books have been turned into movies and TV shows, namely THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS. Military leaders and politicians have flocked to his books over the decades, in addition to fans of the Jason Bourne novels.


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The Tom Clancy we love: I can recall playing with Tom Clancy and his toy soldiers in the penthouse/60th floor of 3 Lincoln Center. Tom had an exact replica of the building he lived in at the time reconstructed with figurines, trees and birds. It was all encased in plexiglass, almost like a ship in a bottle. Tom would even have his toy soldiers interact with some of the residents. Did I mention that Tom also happened to live in the same apartment building as us? We were on the 49th floor.


Janet Evanovich


The Janet Evanovich we know: Janet Evanovich is a New York Times bestselling writer. Originally, she began by writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but she later gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries known as the Stephanie Plum mystery series. There are now dozens of books in that series and the first, ONE FOR THE MONEY, was a film. Each of her books are numbered and often carry a clever or humorous title.


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The Janet Evanovich we love: I can remember visiting Janet Evanovich, her husband and son at her home in snowy Hanover, NH. We got to tour her home, see the Porsche she owned and to have breakfast together at a favorite neighborhood spot near Dartmouth. We got to see a bit of the campus and town with Janet and her family, too.


R. L. Stine


The R.L. Stine we know: R.L. Stine, sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine (due to his joking nature) and Eric Affabee, is a New York Times novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor. Stine makes regular appearances at writing conferences such as ThrillerFest. He is most known for having created the Goosebumps franchise of books.


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The R.L. Stine we love: The kids in school couldn’t believe that I would get a hold of every Goosebumps book before it would come out. They were even more excited to see that each book was signed and inscribed by R.L., himself. He and his assistant really took the time and care to make sure I got each of his books to keep me avidly reading. The books made for great couch companions to the TV shows.


Deepak Chopra


The Deepak Chopra we know: Deepak Chopra is a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker/thought leader, alternative medicine supporter, and a prominent figure in spirituality and wellness. He has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine thanks to his books and videos. Deepak first came to prominence on Oprah’s TV show and he has been a mainstay ever since.


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The Deepak Chopra we love: Having Deepak Chopra select a love poem by the ancient Persian poet Rumi for my wife and my wedding was one of the highlights of that evening. Deepak was also kind enough to write us a short introduction to that poem. We will forever remember and cherish that moment.


Mark Gottlieb

is a highly ranked literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City where he works within major trade book publishing.  He has ranked first across the book publishing industry both in overall volume of deals and other individual categories and genres. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. He is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. One of his core values is helping writers realize their dream of becoming published authors and in helping published authors become highly successful in their publications. This is all while ensuring their enjoyment of the book publishing experience.

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During his time at Trident Media Group as a literary agent, he has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as major award-winning authors. He has optioned and sold numerous books to film and TV production companies. Throughout the year, he meets with major studio heads, independent production companies, agencies and managers in pitching the works of his clients for book-to-film/TV adaptation. He previously ran the agency’s Audiobook Department as an Audio Rights Agent. In that role he helped the Audiobook Department more than double its sales revenue in number of audiobook deals and amount of money for audiobook deals. Prior to that position he served as Executive Assistant to the literary agency’s Chairman. His first role within the literary agency was in the Foreign Rights Department, where he worked closely with the Director of the department, in seeing books sold to foreign publishers from around the world. He continues to work in the area of foreign rights on behalf of his clients in continually attending the major international book fairs, such as the London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair. This is in addition to meeting with foreign book publishers throughout the year.

Prior to his time at Trident Media Group, he worked in Production at Penguin Books, handling production for various book imprints. Before his start in book publishing, he attended Emerson College where he obtained a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a minor in Photography. While at Emerson College, he was a founding member of the Undergraduate Students for Publishing and later served as the organization’s President. He also co-founded Emerson College’s Wilde Press. He is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker at writers’ conferences and writers’ workshops. In giving back to the writing community, he has moderated and been a guest on panels, led critique groups, classes and workshops. He has also been deeply involved with charitable and philanthropic organizations such as PEN America, the Housing Works Book donation program and Habitat for Humanity. He is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres, whether fiction, nonfiction, children’s books or graphic novels. He continues to look forward to bringing authors to the curious minds of their future readers. ​​

‘Goosebumps!’ Isn’t the Only R.L. Stine Adaptation in the Works

Beware! R.L. Stine’s picture book The Little Shop of Monsters and his book series Rotten School are going to be adapted into some horrific animated on-screen content.


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According to the La Times, Stine had this to say:

“Thanks to Yvonne Bernard, Lookout Entertainment and Splash Entertainment, ‘The Little Shop of Monsters’ will soon be open for business…And I’m looking forward to school being in session with my most rotten book series, ‘Rotten School,’ onscreen for the first time too.”


The Little Shop of Monsters

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The Little Shop of Monsters was Stine’s first picture book. Coupled with Marc Brown’s illustrations that Publisher’s Weekly described as “humorously [matching] the creatures’ names and attributes to their physical appearances, creating a raucous crew of horned, clawed, fanged, bug-eyed, winged, scaly, and furry monsters in an array of patterns and colors”, the story followed two children, a boy and girl, who walk into a store behind to buy a monster.


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Monsters cluster behind panes of glass…

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…and gawk at the children as they walk past their cages…

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…and watch them from the beyond while the narrator playful torments the reader by asking how great they are.

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Kirkus Reviews summed the book up with thus: “Readers are sure to visit this shop again and again for its fantastical creatures and its slightly sinister tone.” This hilariously horrifying book won the 2016 Children’s Choice Book Award for kindergarten to second grade book of the year. 


The Rotten School series

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With no less than sixteen books in the series, Rotten School is a landmark in R. L. Stine’s career. Brought to us by Parachute Publishing, the series last from 2005 until 2008. Want to know why it’s such a brave career move? Well, just listen to the premise below.


Rotten School, The Big Blueberry Barf-Off!

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The series follows the adventures of Bernie Bridges, a fourth-grader who lives in his dormitory of the titular school. He has friends with strange names such as Feenman, Beast, Chipmunk, Nosebleed, and Billy The Brain and rivals such as the spoiled but rich Sherman oaks and his compatriots Wes Updood and Joe Sweety.

The story is eye-catching considered that it does not contain themes of horror. No monster in a store here. Instead, we have Bernie’s crush: April-May June, and him trying to earn money by selling his things, stealing from his friends, and making bets.

It’s a strangely down-to-earth book considering the outrageous names.

The illustrations by Trip Park balance the realistic and cartoony nature. In fact, his website says that the series “was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students”.

The series was an interesting come-around for Stine’s career. See, he started out as a humor writer before published horror novels in the 1980s. Come 1980, he debuted his Fear Street series, and three years later, come 1992, he started writing the Goosebumps series. Rotten School then brought him back to his routes over twenty years later.

Now the Hollywood Reporter wrote that “R. L. Stine and illustrator Marc Brown have signed a deal with Splash Entertainment to create animated onscreen content based on two book properties”. This deal came about with the help of Lookout Entertainment, Stine’s licensing agent.


Splash Entertainment specializes in children’s entertainment. They’ve produced family features such as Chloe’s Closet, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch and Norm of the North.

Currently both Dan Bernard and Yvonne Bernard are set to serve as executive producers, although it’s unknown if they’ll becomes films or television series.


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R.L. Stein Rolls Out New Goosebumps-Inspired Graphic Novel

King of childhood nightmares, R.L Stine, the author of the Goosebumps books, is trying his hand in writing a graphic novel inspired by Goosebumps series. R.L Stine has partnered with Boom! Studio to launch Just Beyond seriesThe Scare School. The story follows two versions of the same middle-school, that exist in the same time and place as each other.



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The twelve-year-old characters, in old fashioned clothing, are traveling between the worlds, running from a cyborg that is seeking to drag them back to their own world. R.L Stine will be showing up at New York Comic Con to preview his new graphic novel. Check out the exclusive look into R.L Stine Just Beyond graphic novel.


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Lee Child cameo in 'Jack Reacher'

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.


Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)!




Author of all things spooky, R.L. Stine, had initially wondered if he should maybe just play himself in the 2015 film adaptation of Goosebumps! However, after a bit of disagreement from his fans (and his wife), he decided a short cameo within the film would be more than enough to satiate his hunger to be on screen. In the original script, Stine (who plays the Vice Principal in the school where the film-version of Stine teaches) was set to stand on-stage and hand one of the lead children a trophy.


I told the director I needed a line and he said, ‘okay…say something!’ so I handed the kid the trophy and said, ‘Congratulations, sonny!’




Popular Thriller writer and author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, said that after he’s been given a script and asked to choose which scene he’d like a cameo in, he always chooses a scene essential to the plot that he knows cannot wind up on the cutting room floor. He also went on to describe the strange sort of feeling that comes along with meeting a character of your own creaton.


The production team thought me handing him the toothbrush would be like me, the creator of this character, passing the baton onto Tom Cruise…



George R.R. Martin Cameo

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The legendary creator of the entire Game of Thrones franchise, George R.R. Martin, spoke about his cameo in his 1987 television-series, Beauty and the Beast. According to Martin, he assumed the cameo would be the perfect opportunity to plug his new book whilst eating a free cheeseburger or two. However he had no idea that the scene would take hours upon hours to shoot (and cheeseburgers upon cheeseburgers eaten).


These weren’t Shake Shack, or even McDonalds…I’m talking the twenty-four pack of microwavable cheeseburgers…so if you’re going to be a featured extra make sure you’re doing something your okay with doing ninety times in a row.








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