Wilson Media was established in 2001 by Robert Wilson to represent authors and their written works to book publishers, as well as to filmmakers, theatrical producers and other media.
The agency represents authors whose works cover a wide range of subjects, in categories that include sports, history, biography, religion/faith, politics, current affairs, narrative journalism, business, memoir and popular culture. Although the core focus of the agency is to provide full-service representation to authors of adult nonfiction, a separate branch offers representation to authors of middle-grade, young adult, and new adult fiction.
A number of titles represented by Wilson Media have achieved bestseller status. Of particular note is Bill Madden's Steinbrenner, a New York Times bestseller (hardcover nonfiction) for 12 consecutive weeks.
Clients represented by Wilson Media include the dean of American sports writers, Roger Kahn; winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Sydney Schanberg; and the distinguished American historian, David Pietrusza. The agency has earned a distinction in the industry for its sports titles. Clients in this field have included Don Zimmer, Bobby Murcer, Bill Rodgers, Raymond Berry, Davey Johnson, Bud Harrelson, Mookie Wilson, Joanne McCallie and Tim McCarver.
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While the primary function of Wilson Media is to secure suitable book deals for authors, the agency also handles the disposition of subsidiary rights on behalf of its clients. In addition to film and theatrical rights, the agency has negotiated foreign rights, audio rights and calendar rights, among others, on behalf of its clients.
About Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson established Wilson Media in 2001 following positions as a professional baseball player, political reporter, arts critic, travel writer, magazine editor, book editor, acquiring editor, editorial director, and author.
He played professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization for three seasons. He led the Appalachian League in home runs and runs batted in and was selected a First-Team Topps All-Star Rookie in his first professional year.
He is the author with Ed O'Brien of Sinatra 101, published by Penguin.
His publishing career began as a reporter for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press-Chronicle, where his assignments included the 91st session of the Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville. His book publishing career began at Gale Research Company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he compiled and edited a number of reference books, including The Consumer Sourcebook. As a freelance writer, his articles appeared in publications in the U.S. and abroad.
As a senior editor for eight years at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, he acquired a number of bestselling titles. His authors included Rick Edelman, Gary Null, Pat Summerall, Bill Rodgers, Hale Irwin, and Nancy Dunnan, in addition to institutional authors ranging from Major League Baseball and the National Football League to Men's Fitness magazine and the American Dietetic Association.
After leaving HarperCollins, he served as editorial director at Total Sports Publishing before founding Wilson Media.