News from 2009

December, 2009



November, 2009

Happy 15th Anniversary DSM Agency!

November 3, 2009 marks the official 15th anniversary of the incorporation of the Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency. The agency also held a special private cocktail party on October 16th at Frankfurt Book Fair to celebrate with the manysubagents and international publishers they have worked with over the years.

Doris S. Michaels and violinist Natascha Naon at the Anniversary Party.

Party-goers mingling in Jimmy’s Bar at the Hotel Hessischer Hof.

Doris Michaels receives a 15th Anniversary commemorative clock from Delia Berrigan Fakis. 


September, 2009

DSM Agency Frankfurt Hot List 2009

Top books with international rights available

( Download a pdf of the Hot List here.)

Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond

COMEBACKS

Jossey-Bass (World English – May 2010)

NY Times bestselling author Crisafulli pairs with Redmond to talk with high profile people who lost it all and how they came back. 

Maddy Dychtwald

POWER SHIFT

Hyperion ( North America – January 2010)

How women think and feel about money and how their control over money will transform the global society, families, politics, and the marketplace. 

Charlie Pellerin

HOW NASA BUILDS TEAMS

John Wiley and Sons (World English – June 2009)

Korea Price ( Korea )

Former Director of NASA illustrates a unique 4-D system to analyze team and leader effectiveness, focusing on team culture and managing individual behaviors. 

Sheila Bethel

A NEW BREED OF LEADER

Penguin (North America – March 2009)

PHEI (China)

The ideal leader needs equal parts intellectual, emotional, strategic, and instinctual competence. 

John Strelecky

THE BIG FIVE FOR LIFE

St. Martin ’s Press ( North America – January 2008)

Ankh-Hermes ( Holland ); DTV ( Germany ); Kodansha ( Japan ); Piatkus ( UK ); Sextante ( Brazil ); China Times ( Taiwan ); Editorial Diana ( Latin America ); Chungrim Publishing ( Korea ); Dauphin Blanc ( France Canada )

Business parable revealing the secrets to leading successful companies and fulfilling people’s lives. 

Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert

CARROT CHASER

ATC ( North America – January 2009)

Kodansha ( Japan ); Sam & Parkers ( Korea )

From internationally bestselling authors of JANITOR BOB, a business parable about how to reconcile one’s business ambitions with faith and family. 

Sarah McCoy

THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO

Random House ( North America – August 2009)

A debut novel about a young girl’s coming-of-age set in 1960s-era Puerto Rico. 

Nance Guilmartin

POWER OF PAUSE

Jossey-Bass (World English – December 2009)

Explains how taking a moment to reevaluate our circumstances allows us to make more productive decisions and avoid disastrous miscommunications. 

Jeffrey Fox

HOW TO BE A FIERCE COMPETITOR

Jossey-Bass (World English – March 2010)

Economic downturns separate the winning companies from the struggling. Fox shows tough times also give solid companies, strong managers, and potential rainmakers the opportunity to seize market share.

Jason Kelly

THE NEATEST LITTLE GUIDE TO STOCK MARKET INVESTING, 4th EDITION

Penguin ( North America – January 2010)

Finessa ( Serbia )

New examples of real investments that work even in the face of the crash of 2008 and thoroughly updated resources including free online stock screeners and the newest online brokers.

J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

ADVERSITY PARADOX

St. Martin ’s Press ( North America – January 2009)

How working to overcome unexpected obstacles may be the greatest tool to building business savvy you’ll ever have. 

Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss

HEALING DEPRESSION THE MIND -BODY WAY

John Wiley and Sons (World English – April 2009)

How to use the ancient Ayurveda techniques of spiritual and physical nourishment, undoing the factors in one’s body and mind that lead to depression.

Featured in the Denver Post:

Charlie Pellerin, author of >HOW NASA BUILDS TEAMS (John Wiley and Sons, World English – Summer 2009), was profiled in the Denver Post about how his experience launching and fixing the Hubble Space telescope inspired his team-building techniques. Read the whole article here.

Bestseller in Canada:

Internationally best-selling John Strelecky extends his reach to Canada with THE WHY CAFE.


August, 2009

Featured in Yoga Journal

HEALING DEPRESSION THE MIND -BODY WAY

John Wiley and Sons (World English – April 2009)

by Nancy Leibler and Sandra Moss received a glowing review in Yoga Journal. You can download the entire review here.

Featured in Book List

Sarah McCoy’s debut novel, The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico, nabbed this excellent Book List review:

In 1960s Puerto Rico, Maria Flores “Verdita” Ortiz-Santiago, an only child, is turning 11 years old when she sees her parents in an act she can’t fathom. After her parents announce that they are pregnant, Verdita is forced to recognize who she is apart from her parents and figure out her place within the family unit. She also struggles with what it means to be a young woman, how to relate to the opposite sex, and whether it is possible to integrate her fascination with all things American with her Puerto Rican culture. Over the course of two years, Verdita pushes the boundaries of acceptable behavior, experiences the excitement and consequences of the forbidden, and surrenders to the pain of growing up. This is a beautiful, little comingof- age novel about one girl’s bittersweet journey of self-discovery. Steeped in Puerto Rican culture and rich in authentic detail, McCoy’s debut captures the essence of life in Puerto Rico and, without judgment, holds it up for comparison against the American way of life.
— Carolyn Kubisz


July, 2009

Featured in Library Journal

McCoy, Sarah. The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico. Shaye Areheart: Harmony. Aug. 2009. c.224p. ISBN 978-0-907-46007-3. $19.95. F

Verdita is a typical preteen girl with all the emotional turmoil and naive questions that come with her young age. Alas, a small Puerto Rican mountain barrio in the 1960s is her whole world. All she knows of the elusive America that she craves to be a part of she has learned from her limited access to the media and her visiting American cousin. Verdita believes that everything is better in America than in her sleepy, sheltered town. Things begin to change as she grows into womanhood, experiences her first crush, and realizes that her mother’s pregnancy will alter her long-standing only-child status. Though she still longs to go to America, she realizes that life may not be so bad in her Puerto Rican home after all. VERDICT This touching coming-of-age debut novel transcends borders and times. Readers will laugh and cry along with Verdita as she navigates a tumultuous adolescence, easily identifying with her problems and struggles. As a result, the novel will appeal to a wide range of readers, and the addition of discussion questions is a plus for book groups. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/09.]—Leann Restaino, Girard, OH

(From http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6660939.html)


May, 2009

Featured in the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers List:

THE ADVERSITY PARADOX by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings broke the top ten on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestsellers List.

Featured on Fox News:

Patricia Crisafulli, author of THE HOUSE OF DIMON, was brought back to Fox News as an expert in a discussion of Jamie Dimon as one of America’s premiere bankers.. Watch the video here.


April, 2009

Featured on Fox News:

Patricia Crisafulli appeared on Fox News on April 16th to discuss THE HOUSE OF DIMON and JP Morgan’s first quarter earnings. Watch the video here.

Featured in The Wall Street Journal:

THE HOUSE OF DIMON by Patricia Crisafulli received a glowing review, calling the book a “fiduciary love letter.”

Read the entire review here.

Featured on the NY Times Bestsellers List:

THE HOUSE OF DIMON by Patricia Crisafulli is on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Read the entire Nonfiction Bestsellers List here.

DSM Agency London Hot List 2009

Top books with international rights available

(Download a PDF of the Hot List here.) 

Charlie Pellerin

HOW NASA BUILDS TEAMS

John Wiley and Sons (World English – June 2009); Korea Price ( Korea )

Former Director of NASA illustrates a unique 4-D system to analyze team and leader effectiveness, focusing on team culture and managing individual behaviors. 

Maddy Dychtwald

POWER SHIFT

Hyperion ( North America – January 2010)

How women think and feel about money and how their control over money will transform the global society, families, politics, and the marketplace. 

Nance Guilmartin

POWER OF PAUSE

Jossey-Bass (World English – Spring 2010)

Explains how taking a moment to reevaluate our circumstances allows us to make more productive decisions and avoid disastrous miscommunications. 

Jason Kelly

THE NEATEST LITTLE GUIDE TO STOCK MARKET INVESTING, 4th EDITION

Penguin ( North America – January 2010)

New examples of real investments that work even in the face of the crash of 2008 and thoroughly updated resources including free online stock screeners and the newest online brokers. 

Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert

CARROT CHASER

Kodansha ( Japan ); Sam & Parkers ( Korea )

A business parable about how to reconcile one’s business ambitions with faith and family. 

Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert

THE JANITOR (JANITOR BOB)

Thomas Nelson (World English, Latin American Spanish, Latin American Portuguese – July 2007)

Wisdom House ( Korea ); China Renmin ( China ); Eurasian Publishing ( Taiwan ); Kodansha ( Japan )

A story of a janitor who teaches a CEO how to experience business and life to the fullest.

Sarah McCoy

THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO

Random House (North American –August 2009)

A debut novel about a young girl’s coming-of-age set in 1960s-era Puerto Rico. 

J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

ADVERSITY PARADOX

St.Martin’s Press ( North America – January 2009)

How working to overcome unexpected obstacles may be the greatest tool to building business savvy you’ll ever have. 

Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss

HEALING DEPRESSION THE MIND -BODY WAY

John Wiley and Sons (World English – April 2009)

How to use the ancient Ayurveda techniques of spiritual and physical nourishment, undoing the factors in one’s body and mind that lead to depression. 

Jeffrey Fox

RAIN

Jossey-Bass (World English – January 2009); China Youth Press (China); Pegasus (Turkey)

A parable about a paperboy who learns the skills of rainmaking. 

Jeffrey Fox

UNTITLED CUSTOMER SERVICE BOOK

Jossey- Bass (World English – January 2010)

A customer service book focusing on the value of retaining customers versus getting new ones in an unstable economy. 

Sheila Bethel

NEW BREED OF LEADER

Penguin ( North America – March 2009)

The ideal leader needs equal parts intellectual, emotional, strategic, and instinctual competence. 

John Strelecky

THE BIG FIVE FOR LIFE

St. Martin ’s Press ( North America – January 2008)

Ankh-Hermes ( Holland ); DTV ( Germany ); Kodansha ( Japan ); Piatkus ( UK ); Sextante ( Brazil ); China Times ( Taiwan ); Editorial Diana ( Latin America ); Chungrim Publishing ( Korea )

Business parable revealing the secrets to leading successful companies and fulfilling people’s lives.

Crisafulli Featured on Reuters, Yahoo!, Forbes, and CNBC

A feature on HOUSE OF DIMON appeared on Reuters.com (5.5 million visitors) today, April 2. The article was also picked up by Yahoo! News (34 million visitors),  Forbes.com (6.5 million visitors), and CNBC.com (3.9 million visitors). Click here to read.

The author, Patricia Crisafulli, also wrote a guest post about the book on CNBC’s “Bullish on Books” blog that appeared today, April 2. Click here to read.

The day’s press has boosted HOUSE OF DIMON to bestseller status on Amazon.com.


March, 2009

DSM Agency Audio Rights List

Spring 2009

Sheila Bethel

A NEW BREED OF LEADER

Penguin (North America – March 2009)

The ideal leader needs equal parts intellectual, emotional, strategic, and instinctual competence with interviews from Colin Powell, Arnold Palmer, and more.

Patricia Crisafulli

THE HOUSE OF DIMON

John Wiley and Sons (World Rights – April 2009)

Goes behind the scenes to recount the events that shaped Jamie Dimon’s career, including: his rise to prominence as Sandy Weill’s protege only to be fired and denied the top spot at Citigroup; his orchestration of the deal whereby JP Morgan acquired BankOne and Dimon emerged as the CEO of JP Morgan; and his reaction to the current financial crisis and his acquisition of Bear Stearns, including exclusive interviews with top board members, former coworkers, and Jamie Dimon himself.

J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

ADVERSITY PARADOX

St. Martin ’s Press (North America – April 2009)

Chairman and retired CEO of Principal Financial explains how working to overcome humble beginnings, unexpected obstacles, or any manner of misfortune that may come your way may be the greatest tool to building business savvy you’ll ever have

Nance Guilmartin

POWER OF PAUSE

Jossey-Bass (World English – Spring 2010)

Explains how taking a moment to reevaluate our circumstances allows us to make more productive decisions and avoid disastrous miscommunications.

Jason Kelly

THE NEATEST LITTLE GUIDE TO STOCK MARKET INVESTING, 4 th EDITION

Penguin (North America – January 2010)

New examples of real investments that work even in the face of the crash of 2008 and thoroughly updated resources including free online stock screeners and the newest online brokers.

Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss

HEALING DEPRESSION THE MIND -BODY WAY

John Wiley and Sons (World English – April 2009)

How to use the ancient Ayurveda techniques of spiritual and physical nourishment, undoing the factors in one’s body and mind that lead to depression. 

Charlie Pellerin

HOW NASA BUILDS TEAMS

John Wiley and Sons (World English – Summer 2009)

Former Director of NASA illustrates a unique 4-D system to analyze team and leader effectiveness, focusing on team culture and managing individual behaviors. 

Featured on Yahoo!

Yahoo! HotJobs ran a specialty piece with Jeffrey Fox on interview tips during the economic recession. Read about how to sell yourself to interviewers here.

Featured in Investor’s Business Daily

Jeffrey Fox’s SECRETS OF GREAT RAINMAKERS was featured in an Investor’s Business Daily article. Read the article here.

AudioFile Review

RAIN : What a Paperboy Learned About Business

Jeffrey J. Fox
Read by Jeffrey J. Fox

Sounding both earnest and relaxed, Jeffrey Fox’s outstanding reading makes his latest business audio a must-hear for professional salespeople, negotiators, managers, and entrepreneurs. The lesson starts with the story of Rain, an energetic paperboy who wins customers, influences people, and builds a business with pluck and determination. Fox’s soft vocal urgency, along with his ability to write dialogue, create enormous curiosity about where the story is going and when the lesson’s abstractions will be delivered. In the program’s second half, each phase of Rain’s adventure becomes a springboard for Socratic teaching on topics like ethics, customer service, innovation, and respect for one’s teachers. The strategies are intelligent, but it’s the author’s warmth and humanitarian tone that will make the audio’s power and influence endure. T.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2009]

Featured in The Huffington Post

Jeffrey Fox was interviewed about RAIN and his own experiences being a paperboy for the Huffington Post. Listen to the whole interview here.

Jeffrey Fox on G. Gordon Liddy

Jeffrey Fox had an hour long segment on the G. Gord Liddy show on Radio America. Listen to the entire interview here.


February, 2009

Jeffrey Fox’s 10th Book, RAIN Launches

Jeffrey Fox’s 10th book, RAIN, launched with spectacular reviews.

From Business Books
By
Jim Pawlak

“This business parable takes many of us back to our first job – a paperboy. We didn’t just deliver newspapers, we ran a business. We had to grow our customer base if we wanted to make more money. We learned and practiced customer service skills.”

Read the whole column here at the Dallas Morning News.

On Amazon, one reviewer calls it Fox’s “most entertaining.”


January, 2009

As seen on C-Span:

Co-Author of YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, Carol Jose, featured a presentation of the above book on C-Span’s Book TV just before the new year.

Watch the video here.