Dan Strone




People are amazed when they find out the celebrities, comedians, and public figures that Dan Strone has represented in book publishing. During his established career as the publishing agent to the stars, Dan has represented some of Hollywood's biggest memoirs and nonfiction works. Alongside those, Dan has also had great success with top comedians by representing their collections of personal comedic essays, political satire books, and picture books.


One of the reasons Dan founded the Trident Media Group literary agency with Robert Gottlieb in 2000 was so that he could concentrate on working more closely with celebrities and public figures represented by agents, talent managers, and attorneys at other firms. "Since Trident works only with authors, everyone sending us a referral knows we only have their clients' best interests in mind."


Dan's goal in representing big names is not only adding "Bestselling Author" to their long lists of achievements and extending their brands. Most importantly, he likes to make sure that the client has an enjoyable experience.


Dan's success relies on his instinctual understanding of the literary market and knowledge of pop culture. By acting as the direct agency contact between the publishers and the managers, Dan eliminates these stresses from the author's busy public life. Before entering into discussions with publishers, he crafts a well-thought-out book proposal with the celebrity, the celebrity's manager, and a collaborator. A proposal is an invitation for a publisher to glimpse into a client's private life. This approach intrigues publishers and editors, thus making them want—and need—the book on their list.


Since most celebrities are not polished authors and need the assistance of a collaborator, Dan has a group of go-to, savvy, experienced writers who are time-efficient, professional, and above all, confidential in their process, which puts the celebrities at ease from the start. Before approaching the celebrity or the collaborator, Dan carefully considers the match. He explains, "The collaborator must be a very good writer and sensitive to the client's needs. He must understand that this is the client's story in his or her own words, not a biographical account."


Dan also takes these thoughtful business approaches to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Trident literary agency, which he does as CEO of the company.