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Jim Donovan


Jim Donovan Jim Donovan is the founder and president of Jim Donovan Literary, a literary agency in Dallas, Texas. Since starting the agency in 1993, he has sold hundreds of books for dozens of writers, negotiating publishing contracts with companies such as Bantam, Broadway, HarperCollins, Morrow, Henry Holt, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Viking Penguin, Warner Books, Grand Central and many others. He handles both fiction (chiefly mysteries and thrillers) and a broad range of nonfiction (primarily American history, biography, sports, health, and popular culture). Donovan’s agency also sells film, foreign, and all subsidiary rights, and many of his agented books have been optioned for film. He has guest-lectured and taught seminars on the craft of writing and the business of publishing (and getting published) at several universities and writers’ conferences. He lives in Dallas, and is a graduate of the University of Texas.

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