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John Grisham’s literary agent – who is it and how can you submit your book to John Grisham’s literary agency for consideration?

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Who Is John Grisham’s Literary Agent?

Before he got famous John Grisham worked at a small Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing. One day at the courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 AM every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill, published in 1988.

The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began working on a story about a young hotshot attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When John Grisham’s literary agent sold film rights for The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham became a hot property. The Firm spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at #1, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

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David Gernert – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

John Grisham’s literary agent is David Gernert with The Gernert Company. John Grisham’s literary agent spent the first fourteen years of his publishing career at Doubleday, the last six as Editor-In-Chief. He left Doubleday in 1996 to start The Gernert Company, believing his experience as a publisher would give him some unique insight into the representation of authors. John Grisham’s literary agent lives in Pound Ridge with his wife and four children.

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Fiction – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

Playing for Pizza to Stephen Rubin at Doubleday by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

Childen’s Fiction – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

Theodore Boone to Don Weisberg and Julie Strauss-Gabel at Penguin Children’s by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert at The Gernert Company.

Nonfiction – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

John Grisham’s first nonfiction book, about death row inmate Ronald Keith Williamson, to Stephen Rubin at Doubleday by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert at The Gernert Company.

International – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

French rights to Theodore Boone to Philippe Robinet at OH! Editions, by Rebecca Gardner at The Gernert Company on behalf of John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

Film – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

Calico Joe to Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, with Columbus adapting and directing by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

The Testament to producers Mark Johnson and Hunt Lowry, along with 821 Entertainment Group, in a six-figure deal, by by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

The Associate to Paramount, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing (he worked on films of A Time to Kill and The Client as an executive), about a student about to graduate from Yale Law School who is manipulated into joining a big law firm and given privileged information about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit, by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

Playing for Pizza to Phoenix Pictures, with Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer, and David Thwaites producing by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

The Innocent Man to Warner Independent Pictures, for producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov at Smoke House, in a major deal, for seven figures, against gross points, by John Grisham’s book agent David Gernert.

Television – John Grisham’s Literary Agent

Ford County to Universal Media Studios and Working Title, with Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers and Sisters) adapting, to develop for NBC by John Grisham’s literary agent David Gernert.

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