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 also 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.

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, with a focus on playwriting, poetry, and American literature. I also studied playwriting and dramaturgy in the Professional Theatre Training Program at U.C. San Diego.

Recent and forthcoming projects include:

Gut Health For Dummies, by Kristina Campbell (Wiley)

The Boston Marathon Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Training for and Succeeding in the Ultimate Road Race, by Marc Pollina (Falcon Guides)

Python for Data Science For Dummies All-in-One, by John Mueller and Luca Massaron (Wiley)

C Brain Teasers, by Dan Gookin (Pragmatic Programmers)

Everything You Need to Know About Renting but Didn’t Know to Ask, by Jonas Bordo, of, with Hannah Hildeblot (Matt Holt Books) 

Recognizing and Seizing Opportunity at Work, by Alisa Cohn (LinkedIn Learning)

How to Grow Your Business Like a Weed, by Stu Heinecke (Career Press)

Baking For Dummies, by Wendy Jo Peterson (Wiley)

Side Hustles for Dummies, by Alan Simon (Wiley)

Tiny C Projects, by Dan Gookin (Manning)

Zero Waste Cooking For Dummies, by Rosanne Rust (Wiley)

AWS Certified Machine Learning Study Guide, by Shreyas Subramanian and Stefan Natu (Sybex)

Computer Vision on the Raspberry Pi 4, by Matt Scarpino (LinkedIn Learning)

Software Testing; Alpha Testing in an Agile World, by Mike Fine (LinkedIn Learning)

Delegating from a Distance, by Alisa Cohn (LinkedIn Learning)

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)

Zoom For Dummies, by Phil Simon (Wiley)

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

Data Warehouse Fundamentals for Beginners, by Alan Simon (Udemy for Business)

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)