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David Fugate

Agency: LaunchBooks Literary Agency

Home page: www.launchbooks.com

The President of LaunchBooks Literary Agency, David Fugate, has successfully represented more than 1,000 books to over 40 different publishers that have generated in excess of $14 Million for authors.

He reoresents authors such as Christopher Steiner, Senior Writer for Forbes and the author of $20 per Gallon (Grand Central); Jon Jeter, the two time Pulitzer Prize finalist and former Washington Post Bureau Chief for both South America and South Africa, on his book Flat Broke in the Free Market (W.W. Norton); Jonathan Watts, the China correspondent for the UK Guardian and author of the forthcoming When a Billion Chinese Jump (Scribner in the US, Faber & Faber in the UK); Alexis Madrigal, editor and lead writer for Wired.com's "Wired Science" blog, the #1 science blog in the world, on his forthcoming book The History of Our Future (Da Capo); Robert Pierre of the Washington Post, on a book he’s co-authoring about what Obama means to black Americans (for John Wiley & Sons); Kevin Poulsen, Senior Editor at Wired.com and the editor of Wired’s “Threat Level” blog, ranked by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 blogs of 2008, on his book Kingpin (Crown); Kevin Mitnick, the world's most famous hacker and author of The Art of Deception (John Wiley & Sons), as well as his forthcoming memoir from Little, Brown; Louis Foreman, Creator and Executive Producer of the PBS show Everyday Edisons (the book will be published by Workman); Gina Trapani, author of Upgrade Your Life (John Wiley & Sons); Chris Guillebeau, the “Art of Nonconformity” blogger and author of the forthcoming A Brief Guide to World Domination (Perigee); Douglas Gayeton, author of the forthcoming SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town (Welcome Books); Robert Vamosi, author of the forthcoming The Revenge of Everyday Things (Basic Books); Dennis Fried, Ph.D., author of Small Dog, Big Life (Simon & Schuster Entertainment); Angela Dove, author of No Room for Doubt (The Berkley Publishing Group) and many others.

In the past David has represented a wide range of trade non-fiction titles, having worked with authors such as Charles H. Ferguson, author of High Stakes, No Prisoners (Random House); Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine, Fire in the Valley (McGraw-Hill Business), which was made into the TNT movie, "Pirates of Silicon Valley", Gil Amelio, the former CEO of Apple Computer, On the Firing Line (HarperBusiness), Jill Gilbert Welytok, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, & Licensing (The Berkley Publishing Group), Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies (John Wiley), and many others.

David has also represented a number of bestselling authors in the field of technology including Molly Holzschlag, Andy Clarke, Stephanie Sullivan and Greg Rewis, Senior Evangelist for Web Tools at Adobe, Michael Morrison, Eric Meyer, Tom Green and David Stiller, J.D. Frazer, the creator of User Friendly, the Comic Strip, and many others.

David got his start in publishing in 1992 working as Manager of Submissions for the Margret McBride Literary Agency, which represented bestselling authors such as Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, authors of The One Minute Manager, and Victor Villaseñor, author of Rain of Gold.

LaunchBooks primarily represents non-fiction (95% of our projects are non-fiction), but within that category we're interested in a broad range of projects, including current affairs, popular science, narrative non-fiction, history, business & investing, sports, pop culture, humor, true crime, parenting, reference, memoir, biography, health, relationships, technology, and anything that we find particulary interesting.

Listed in Jeff Herman's directory of agents: No

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