WMA addition speaks volumes


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 the writers Simonoff is bringing with him are Pulitzer winners Jhumpa Lahiri ("Unaccustomed Earth") and Stacy Schiff ("Cleopatra") and authors Douglas Preston ("The Monster of Florence"), Lincoln Child ("Terminal Freeze"), 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"). (partialdiff)