Alex GlassLiterary Agent
UNDERSTANDING THE CREATIVE PROCESS AS AN AGENT
"At an early age, I fell in love with the written word and the creative process," says Alex Glass. Alex has a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction Writing, and he has worked in the literature program at the National Endowment of the Arts. Why didn't he become a writer?
"I did want to be one at first," responds Alex, "but I found that I enjoyed working with writers even more as a literary agent, helping them through the creative process and making their vision a reality with the publication of their books. I have a passion for the business aspects of publishing. When I became an agent at Trident over ten years ago, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to combine my skills and experience, working with creative people on their craft as well as guiding and managing their careers."
All of these elements have led to a diverse list of authors and books that Alex represents, including literary fiction, crime fiction, pop culture, sports, health and wellness, narrative nonfiction, and children's books. Alex's clients have won many awards, such as the Edgar, the Newbery, and the O'Henry, and many of them are top-of-the-list international and New York Times bestsellers.
Alex's goal as a book agent is for his authors to be published in as many markets and formats as possible. He works closely with Trident's Foreign Rights Department and Audio Book Department to sell his authors' books around the world and into the audio book market. Many of his clients' books have been optioned for film and television and have been made into motion pictures with the major studios as well as independent production firms. Alex's film and television deals for his clients’ books include Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World, which became the major motion picture Lawless starring Shia Le Boeuf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and Jessica Chastain; and Colleen Houck’s bestselling Tiger's Curse series, recently optioned to Disruption Entertainment/Paramount Pictures.
The expanding universe of e-book opportunities gets an enthusiastic response from Alex. "I represent traditionally published e-book bestsellers as well as self-published e-book authors, and I am able to take their work into other formats and markets that would otherwise not be available to them. And Trident's unique e-Book Operations program presents myriad new possibilities for my authors. This is one of the special benefits of being a literary agent at Trident: the ability to use my creative background and business skills in a forward-thinking agency that provides a huge menu of services that help me produce the best result for my authors across all platforms and formats."
Alex is also a member of the board of directors of Community Word Project, an arts-in-education nonprofit organization serving public school children in New York City.