Literary Agent, Matt Wagner


Welcome to Fresh Books!

I enjoy working with fun and useful non-fiction, reference (and irreference) titles, as well as online video training with companies such as LinkedIn Learning, and Udemy. I’m especially interested in tech, business, personal finance, diet, health, and educational titles, and I always enjoy working on books about photography or design. I’m eager to read pitches for exciting popular science topics. As an agent, I’m focused on working with my clients toward their long-term professional and personal goals.

For regular updates, or to see what catches my eye, you can follow me on Twitter @mattwagner. If you’d like to send me a query, please check out my submissions page.

Prior to founding Fresh Books, I was an agent with Waterside Productions 1989-2004, where I sold in excess of 1000 books to over 30 publishers, generating more than 25 million dollars in author revenue.

I earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz, where I spent a year in the stacks at McHenry Library “shelving” books (mostly reading them TBH). I also studied playwriting and dramaturgy in the Professional Theatre Training Program at U.C. San Diego.

Recent projects include:

The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing-it-All” Gets Nothing Done, 2e, by Dave Crenshaw (Mango)

Creative Garden Photography, by Harold Davis (Rocky Nook)

Bread Making For Dummies, by Wendy Jo Peterson (Wiley)

Sports Betting For Dummies, by Swain Scheps (Wiley)

Zoom For Dummies, by Phil Simon (Wiley)

Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies, by Wendy Jo Peterson and Elizabeth Shaw (Wiley)

Start Your Own eBay Business, by Christopher Matthew Spencer (Entrepreneur Press)

How to Slow Down and Be More Productive, by Dave Crenshaw (LinkedIn Learning)

Decluttering For Dummies, by Jane Stoller (Wiley)

Exploring C Libraries, by Dan Gookin (LinkedIn Learning)

Creative Black and White Photography, by Harold Davis (Rocky Nook)

Get The Meeting! An Illustrative Contact Marketing Playbook, by Stu Heinecke (Ben Bella)

The Computer Book: From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence, 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science, by Simson Garfinkel and Rachel H. Grunspan (Sterling)

Rainbow Relatives: Tips and Testimonials for Talking to Kids about LGBT Family and Friends, by Sudi Karatas (Skyhorse)

The Color Index XL, by Jim Krause (Watson-Guptill)

The Power of Having Fun: How Meaningful Breaks Help You Get More Done, by Dave Crenshaw (Berrett-Koehler)

Artificial Intelligence For Dummies, by John Paul Mueller and Luca Massaron (Wiley)

Born to Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods from Baby’s First Bite, by Wendy Jo Peterson and Leslie Schilling (Skyhorse)

The Gamer’s Guide to Coding, by Gordon McComb (Sterling)

Machine Learning For Dummies, by John Paul Mueller and Luca Massaron (Wiley)

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