Dado Derviskadic

Dado Derviskadic began his career in publishing in 2009 in Beijing, China, acquiring English language non-fiction for the growing Chinese market. During that time, he worked with every major American and British agency and publisher to acquire more than 100 titles per year for China CITIC Press, Asia’s largest publisher of non-fiction in translation. Working primarily in business, biography, history and current affairs, Dado acquired major works by Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs), George W. Bush (Decision Points), Henry Kissinger (On China), and many more. Having trained at the New York Times in both New York and Beijing, and being fluent in Chinese, Japanese and Serbian, Dado loves working with writers across genres who have a deep and singular insight into their chosen world, who help a reader make sense of her own world in turn.

In non-fiction, I am interested primarily in: cultural history and biography (journalists or historians bringing us an irreplaceable, in-depth view of a fascinating figure, time or place, especially in the worlds of art, film and food); memoir (especially, but not exclusively, of the globe-trotting sort, personal stories that help explain the world around the author); pop science and motivational self-help (especially if it has to do with memory, finding and sculpting your best self, food, health/nutrition, or language); pop culture (especially where it intersects with “nerd cultures” of all kinds); and cookbooks (from healthy food hacks to gloriously illustrated haute cuisine and anything in between).

In fiction, my tastes lean towards to the gritty, introspective and serious. Plot is less important than mood and thought, and I’d rather be taken on an intellectual roller coaster than to a heart-warming, neatly-wrapped ending.

As an agent, there are three things that give me a thrill: discovering incredible, necessary voices; helping to sculpt the best proposal or manuscript possible; and finding the perfect home for the author’s book and vision. I look forward to seeing your query, and in that query, please tell me as much about yourself and your professional qualifications as about the proposed book— that’s often what gets the conversation started.

How to contact me:
Please submit queries to Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the email. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your letter. N.B.: This email address is for queries and submissions only. For all other inquiries, please call (212) 400-1494