|Mon May 20, 2013|
Sligo Literary AgencyPublisher References
Dear Literary Market Place:
I recently purchased Laurie Birnsteel's "Sunspot," an astrological guide for dogs. Ms Birnsteel was represented by Eric Bollinger of Sligo Literary Agency. Although I only paid a five figure advance for the title, Eric worked as hard on this project as if I'd payed a six figure advance. He was a delight to work with.
Ron Pitkin, President, Cumberland House Publishing
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Attention: Literary Market Place
Eric Bollinger, President of the Sligo Literary Agency in San Luis Obispo, CA, is one of the most accessible and thorough agents with whom I have ever worked. He is a testament to Sligo's mission statement of working with authors to improve and develop their manuscripts--free of charge--in order to insure that their manuscripts are the best, and most saleable that they can possibly be. Mr. Bollinger's commitment to and belief in his client's work translates into an author-agent bond based on trust, respect, and professional enthusiasm.
Jonathan F. Malysiak Associate Acquisitions Editor IDG Books Worldwide
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To: Literary Market Place:
I have recently worked with agent Eric Bollinger of Sligo Literary Agency as he is representing an author I am publishing. Mr. Bollinger contacted me via email in May, when he submitted his client's work. He was aware of my company's submission guidelines and did not divert from them at all. While working with Mr. Bollinger, I found him to be a professional and enthusiastic representative of his client and his client's work. Being a newly-formed publishing house, Eric also provided some needed advice and has been very responsive to not only his client's needs, but to the needs of my company. In all, I wish all agents were of Eric Bollinger's caliber--it makes this business much easier. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Jeffrey H. Pate, Publisher, Harlan Publishing Company
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Dear Literary Market Place:
Over the past twelve months, I have had the opportunity to work several times with Eric Bollinger, President of the Sligo Literary Agency. In each and every instance, Mr. Bollinger's actions have been helpful, appropriate, and professional. We have found him to be both highly focused and very trustworthy. In short, Mr. Bollinger's commitment to excellence is exceptional. It is indeed an honor to provide a professional reference for him and his organization.
James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, Publisher, Coaches Choice and Healthy Learning Videos
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Some of our authors:
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- Best-selling, multi-published and award-winning author Michele Cozzens
- Terrorism expert Morgan Norval
- Famed television director Raymond Austin
- Best-selling fiction author J. Lance Erikson
- Fiction author Ron Ehrens
- "Kahala, Growing Up in Hawaii" author Laurie Birnsteel
- Japan-based, award-winning fiction author Robert Collins
- Baroness Wendy DeVere-Austin
- Former Wyoming State Trooper Jim Geeting
- Retired daytime television actor Jed Allan
- Educator Dr. Benedict A. Baglio
- Physician Dr.Kent Jacobs
- Pastor Dr. William Burgett
What some authors say about us:
Sligo Literary Agency's President, Eric Bollinger and I worked for nearly three months to perfect and refine my first Beauford Sloan Mystery, "The Eagle Heist". As a film director and writer, I was most comfortable writing its screenplay, and did so quite easily. But, when I wished to convert "The Eagle Heist" to a novel, Eric went to work. He coverted my screenplay to a novel in just about three months, then sold the work to my publisher. We've sold many thousands of copies of my mystery novel, and now we're working on the next in the series.
The reviews? Well, I'd blush were I to mention them. Let's just say it all worked...quite well, I think. I am now published by a top-rate publisher, receiving fabulous reviews, and now the movie of the week has a great chance to become reality.
Raymond Austin, Television director of: The Saint, The Avengers, Hawaii: 5-O, Hart to Hart, Vegas, Quincy, Magnum, P.I., AirWolf, Spencer: For Hire, JAG, and the list goes on.
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As an author, I would like to give a wholehearted referral to Sligo Literary Agency for their efforts on my behalf. Before I had even signed a contract with Sligo, Eric Bollinger had sold my book! Now, I know golf books sell well, but Eric not only sold my first book, he sold my second book and a video of each before I had even written my second book! Eric, in effect sold four books and videos for me when only my first book had been reduced to writing. Not bad!
Ron DiZinno, author of "Golfing in the Zone: The Short Game" and "Golfing in the Zone: The Long Game".
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From the beginning, I have found Eric Bollinger to be exceptionally personable, sincere, upbeat and diligent. In a process that can test a new author's patience and confidence, his belief in my project has been unwavering and uplifting. Together we worked out a plan of how to market and submit my manuscript and he has continued to follow through on that plan and more. It's been a pleasure working with Eric. I'm glad he's on my side.
Ron Ehrens, author of "Blue Moon".
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I can't say enough good things about Eric Bollinger...he took my simple notes and turned them into a book. He made me a writer...an author. Now, I know he doesn't do that for everyone and that it didn't hurt that my book was a memoir from a call girl, but he's good. Very, very good. And the sales of my book are going through the roof!
Erica Black, author of "The Call Girl Actress, Confessions of a Lesbian Escort".
Congratulations to Michele Cozzens on the sale of foreign rights to her novel "A Line Between Friends" to publishers in Taiwan and now Mainland China.
Congratulations to Michele Cozzens and her three book deal for "I'm Living Your Dream Life" "The Things I Wish I'd Said" and "A Line Between Friends".
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Congratulations to Laurie Birnsteel on the sale to Cumberland House Publishing of "Sunspot: The Best Ever Astrological Guide To Your Dog". Spring release for this sure-to-be bestselling book.
Welcome to CEO Ed Haggar of the Haggar Corporation, the firm known for the production of Haggar men's slacks and his memoir of the family and the family business. His book is filled with memories past and current of associations with Presidents of the United States, world and business leaders, and athletes such as Nellie Fox and Mickey Mantle from the ball diamond, Frank Gifford, Otto Grahm, Sam Huff, Don Meredith, Roger Stauback and Pat Summerall from the gridiron, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer from the links, Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and more from the tennis courts, and celebrities like Bob Hope, Danny Thomas and the list goes on. Quick sale expected on this one.Sold to Eakin Press.
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Kuddos to Raymond Austin for the audio sale of "The Eagle Heist" to Blackstone Audio.
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Congratulations to Diane Dean-Epps and her Erma Bombeck like funny "Maternal Meanderings". The book is now in stores and Dr. Laura Schlessinger told her national radio audience to "Buy This Book!"
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Congratulations to Ron DiZinno for the two book and two audio deal. Golfing in the Zone, The Short Game and Golfing in the Zone, The Long Game will appear in print as well as on video. Professional golfer Gerry Norquist served as the model with both videos. Norquist has been a student of DiZinno's for the past few years, and has won victories on the European Tour, The Asian Tour and the Japan Tour. Also students of the author are professionals Dave Hill, Bob Wynn, Hollis Stacy, Vicki Fergon, and Nationwide Tour touring pro John Wilson.
McKenna Publishing Group, our own publishing house:
You may have read postings on the Internet about McKenna Publishing Group, our agency's own press. Some uninformed Internet posters claim that MPG is at worst a vanity press (one who would charge an author a fee to publish his book), or at best a conflict of interest with our agency.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In 2001, our literary agency had a Washington, D.C. based terrorism expert under contract to sell his ms on the threat to the West from Islamic terrorism. Most Americans (including publisher editors) had never heard of this threat, nor of the terrorists.
After the attacks of 9/11, everyone was scrambling to read about who these people were. Our agency was offered a very generous advance by a major NYC publisher to publish this book, however, we believed we had a best-seller on our hands and decided to form our own company and publish it ourselves. We're very glad we did...both the author and publisher did very nicely as the book climbed the best-seller list.
Today, McKenna publishes a few books each year, most from our multi-published authors who might have written something their publisher declined to publish. We then step in and assist. (From time to time we do offer to publish a new author whose ms our agency might not have been able to sell, but that we really enjoy.)
And that's the story of our publishing house. Any questions about this, feel free to email us.
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