Full Agent Profile: Todd Shuster


Todd Shuster

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
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    Literary Fiction | Commercial Fiction

    History | Biography | Politics | Science | Self-Help | Memoirs | Adventure/True Story | Business | Narrative | Finance | Psychology | Health & Fitness | True Crime | Journalism

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    • His nonfiction list includes biography, true-crime, popular science, adventure, politics and civil rights, history, memoir, business, health, and psychology.
    • His fiction list is comprised primarily of literary and "crossover" commercial novels.
    • This agent has an affinity for representing nonfiction about people who have come back from the brink of self-destruction and moved on to more successful choices and positive outcomes in their lives


    • Works that Shuster has recently sold to publishers include New York Times contributor and James Patterson fiction collaborator Peter de Jonge’s It Takes a lot of Heart to Play This Game, (the first of two thrillers, to HarperCollins), Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin’s Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Web Site in America (Random House), CNBC correspondent Charles Gasparino’s The Sell-Out: How Wall Street Greed and Stupidity Destroyed America’s Dominance Of the Global Financial System (Collins Business), and renowned Harvard Medical School professor Charles Czeisler’s Sleep-Starved Nation: Inside the Deadly Crisis of America’s 24/7 Culture (The Penguin Press).
    • In addition to representing books to publishers, Shuster places film and television rights on behalf of agency clients, dealing directly with producers, studios, and networks in New York and Los Angeles. He has recently helped set up projects at Paramount, Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, Participant, CBS, MagRack, LIME, Discovery Health, and VH-1.
    • In addition to working with authors to sell their own manuscripts, Shuster represents numerous collaborative editors and ghost writers. These clients have helped scores of major celebrities and national figures complete their books, including Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Ginger Rogers, Maureen Stapleton, former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, supermodel Petra Nemcova, and many others.
    • Graduate of Yale University and Northeastern University's law school

    Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter
    Author:   James S. Hirsch
    Genres:   Biography | Multi-Cultural
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Company; (January 3, 2000)
    This authorized biography of Carter by former "Wall Street Journal" and "New York Times" reporter Hirsch brings an objective historical perspective to the boxer's story, wrongful imprisonment, and Carter's 22-year effort to exonerate himself and regain his freedom
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    America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life
    Author:   Benoit Denizet-Lewis
    Genres:   Memoirs | Journalism
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (January 6, 2009)
    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 23 million Americans are hooked on drugs or alcohol, representing an annual economic loss of $524 billion. Millions more have become enslaved to other compulsive behaviors: overeating, sex, gambling and shoplifting. In his first book, Denizet-Louis follows eight average Americans—including an athlete and a grandparent— who are struggling with addiction. The author covers three years in the lives of his subjects, portraying them with candor and compassion, giving these compulsions a more human face by telling the story of his own sex and pornography dependence, for which he twice sought inpatient treatment.
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    How to Change Someone You Love: Four Steps to Help You Help Them
    Author:   Brad Lamm
    Genres:   Self-Help
    Publisher:   St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (December 22, 2009)
    Brad Lamm has been helping others get sober and stay sober for years. Highly motivated and with long-term sobriety himself, he is a Board-Registered Interventionist, a teacher and speaker, and a founder of Intervention Specialists. In his powerful, ground-breaking book, he shows you, in concrete steps, how to stop a loved one from engaging in self destructive behavior.
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    Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start Up to IPO on Your Terms
    Author:   Jeffrey Bussgang
    Genres:   Business | Finance
    Publisher:   Portfolio Hardcover (April 29, 2010)

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    The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value
    Author:   Saj-nicole Joni and Damon Beyer
    Genres:   Business
    Publisher:   HarperBusiness (February 2, 2010)
    In "The Right Fight", Joni and Beyer turn conventional management thinking on its head, providing leaders in the fast-moving, hyper-competitive marketplaces of the 21st century with the playbook they need to orchestrate thoughtful controversy in their organisations. To be effective, battles need to be well-designed, well-fought, and subject to certain rules. Drawing from examples as diverse as Unilever, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dell, the Clinton Administration, and the Houston Independent School System, the authors offer proven advice and guidelines for successfully introducing tension among subordinates at certain points and in certain ways. As the authors persuasively demonstrate, "right fights" unleash the creative, productive potential of teams, organizations, and communities - and ultimately foster better possibilities for us all.
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    The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System
    Author:   Charles Gasparino
    Genres:   Narrative | Finance
    Publisher:   HarperBusiness (November 3, 2009)
    From critically acclaimed investigative journalist and CNBC personality Charles Gasparino comes a sweeping examination of the most recent volatile, anxiety-ridden era in our nation's socioeconomic history. The Sellout traces the implosion of the financial services business back to its roots in the late 1970s when Wall Street embraced a new business model predicated on taking enormous risks.
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