Eric Simonoff joins WMA's book division

Ex-Janklow & Nesbit lit agent wil serve as senior vp

In a move that significantly bolsters its book business, WMA has brought Eric Simonoff on board as senior vp of the agency's book division.

Simonoff -- a literary agent and co-director of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where he worked since 1991 -- has a roster that includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, 17 New York Times best-selling authors and 14 New Yorker contributors.

Among those that Simonoff is bringing with him are Pulitzer Prize winners Jhumpa Lahiri ("Unaccustomed Earth") and Stacy Schiff ("Cleopatra") and best-selling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ("The Monster of Florence"), Bill O'Reilly ("A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity"), Norah Vincent ("Self Made Man"), Ben Mezrich ("21: Bringing Down the House") and James Frey ("Bright Shiny Morning").

The move is quite a catch for WMA, which not only hopes to keep expanding its book department but will explore opportunities for Simonoff's clients across its many divisions.