Dystel falls for Bedford

Topper Fisher will ankle to run subrights.com

NEW YORK — Jane Dystel Literary Management is in negotiations to buy the boutique lit agency the Bedford Book Works.

If the merger goes through, Joel Fisher, the former Doubleday senior editor who founded Bedford, will leave the agency to run his burgeoning online subsidiary rights business, subrights.com. His client list would then be folded into JDLM, which is run by agent Jane Dystel.

A prestigious and eclectic shop specializing in commercial and literary fiction, nonfiction, cooking, parenting and women’s health, JDLM retains such clients as Judge Judy Sheindlin, thriller writer Gus Lee, Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas French and Lou Kilzer and New York Times writer Florence Fabricant.

Bedford’s list

Bedford Book Works has represented such clients as Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, NAACP head Kweisi Mfume and Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, whose “Contempt of Court: The Turn of the Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism” was just optioned by Sterling Road Prods.

Subrights.com is one of the leading online hubs of literary right sales, boasting hundreds of clients in 40 countries. It recently agreed to acquire the Marsh agency, a renowned London percentery run by Paul Marsh.

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