Scott Hoffman

A refugee from the world of politics, Scott Hoffman is one of the founding partners of Folio Literary Management, LLC.

He has served as Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of SEARAC (the only nationwide advocacy agency for Southeast Asian-Americans), a Board Member of Fill Their Shelves, Inc. (a charitable foundation that provides books to children in sub-Saharan Africa) and a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Associates Steering Committee.

Before entering the world of publishing, he was one of the founding partners of Janus-Merritt Strategies, a Washington, DC strategic consulting firm. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a BA from the College of William and Mary.

What I’m looking for (and what I’m not looking for.) My tastes are extremely eclectic; about the only types of projects I won’t consider are series romance, cozy mysteries, or Westerns. My current list is about half fiction and half nonfiction. My fiction is about half literary, and half commercial (chick lit? Sure – if it’s smart and fresh, and has a strong voice.) My nonfiction is spread out among serious journalistic or academic nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and quirkier pop-culture books.

If your project doesn’t fit one of the “established” categories, I’m probably your guy – I love projects that can’t be easily classified.

I’m always on the lookout for:

• Experts in their fields, looking to integrate a book into their business;

• People who have an incredible story to tell, and who want to change the world;

• Books about business, history, or politics.

• Beautifully-written literary fiction, regardless of the subject;

• Spiritual or religious-themed fiction and nonfiction (it doesn’t matter what religion);

• Books that can hook me on concept alone;

• Dark, dark novels. The darker the better;

• Any book about a time, place, or group of people that hasn’t been extensively written about;

• Political, historical, or science-based nonfiction, particularly from academics;

• Excellent SF or Fantasy that crosses over into the world of literary fiction;

• Heartbreaking memoirs;

• Website or blog-based books;

• Drop-dead funny nonfiction;

• (I’ll probably regret this, but…) First novels. There’s nothing better than the feeling of telling an author you’ve just sold his or her first book.

How to submit to me: I am currently closed to queries.