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Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan is the founder and president of Jim Donovan Literary, a literary agency in Dallas, Texas. Since starting the agency in 1993, he has sold hundreds of books for dozens of writers, negotiating publishing contracts with companies such as Bantam, Broadway, HarperCollins, Morrow, Henry Holt, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Viking Penguin, Warner Books, Grand Central and many others. He handles both fiction (chiefly mysteries and thrillers) and a broad range of nonfiction (primarily American history, biography, sports, health, and popular culture). His agency also sells film, foreign, and all subsidiary rights, and many of his agented books have been optioned for film.

Donovan has worn many hats in the publishing business. He began his career in publishing in an Austin bookstore in 1981, moving to Dallas in 1984 to become a buyer for a regional bookstore chain, Taylors. In 1987, he became a trade book editor at Taylor Publishing; he was senior editor there when he left in 1993, having worked with such sports entities as the NFL, the NBA, and SABR. He has also authored several books, including Custer and the Little Bighorn (Voyageur Press, 2001) and A Terrible Glory (Little, Brown, 2008), which spent three weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the last word on the Last Stand.” His most recent book, The Blood of Heroes. was published by Little, Brown in May, 2012 to rave reviews, some of which have called it “the best book on the Alamo.”

Donovan has guest-lectured and taught seminars on the craft of writing and the business of publishing (and getting published) at several universities and writers’ conferences. He lives just outside Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter. He is a graduate of the University of Texas.