John Silbersack

Executive Vice President



Over fifteen years ago, John Silbersack decided on a major career change. He became an agent after years of working at publishing houses, rising to the rank of Editor in Chief and Publisher at companies such as Penguin and Harper. Considering the monumental changes that have occurred in publishing in the past years, perhaps John had a crystal ball. “No,” John says, “I did not forecast the advent of all of this change over fifteen years ago. I thought that I had achieved all that could be done in my career on the publishing side, and I wanted to become an entrepreneur.”


John worked at several publishing companies, and founded six imprints, including ROC Books at Penguin, Warner Aspect, and three at Harper (Prism, Entertainment, and Children’s Entertainment).


When John joined Trident, the literary agency had just started. “I had confidence that my skills and my experience would be a significant advantage, and I believed that under Robert Gottlieb’s leadership, Trident would quickly become the leading literary agency.”


Because of his expertise and unique background, John has attracted a diverse group of writers and clients in all types of fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction, crime fiction, SF and fantasy fiction, science, history, biography, current events, memoirs, finance,  pop culture, narrative non-fiction and children’s books.  John’s clients have won many awards and many of them are top-of-the-list international and New York Times bestsellers. Drawing on his editorial experience, John works closely with his authors in the development and editing of their work. He is interested in new clients who have a passion for their subject or for storytelling and who want to work collaboratively to build an ascending career. He is particularly interested in taking on emerging new thriller and suspense writers and literary estates of all kinds.


What about the changes that are happening now? “I believe that I am very well-equipped to help my clients navigate the changes that are occurring at a rapid pace. I’ve seen publishing from every level and from every angle you could imagine. I’m ready for the new challenges on the horizon.”