About the Agency

Mel Parker is a literary agent with a long track record of helping authors succeed. After nearly 40 years as an editor and publisher, working with bestselling authors like Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Scott Turow and Dean Koontz, Mel brings a wealth of experience to the task of representing authors and helping them navigate the publishing world.

“Mel’s smarts, his sense of what makes a great story, and his ability to get books across to the public make him an invaluable publishing professional.”

—James Patterson

News from Mel Parker Books


MIRROR MEDITATION: The Power of Neuroscience and Self-Reflection to Overcome Self-Criticism, Gain Confidence, and See Yourself with Compassion by Tara Well, Ph.D., was published by New Harbinger. Audio rights to Brilliance Audio. Foreign rights sold in Germany, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan.

THE INVISIBLE PROMISE: A Field Guide to Marketing in an Upside-Down World by Harry Beckwith was published by Matt Holt Books. Audio rights to Recorded Books. Korean and Arabic rights sold.

RETRIBUTION, Book 5 In the Koa Kane Hawaiian mystery series by Robert McCaw will be published by Oceanview in June 2023.

STRIVING FOR JUSTICE: A Memoir of a Black Sheriff in the Deep South by Nat Glover will be published by Frederick Douglass Books in August 2023. Audio rights to Recorded Books.

THE NEW CITY: The Four Pillars of Our Sustainable Future by Dickson Despommier, Ph.D., was sold to Columbia University Press for publication in Fall 2023.

A CALL TO FARMS: Inside Regenerative Agriculture and the Movement to Reclaim Our Food System by Jennifer Grayson was sold to Countryman Press/W.W. Norton for publication in Spring 2024.