Agency Deals

Listed below are just some of the many book deals the agency has negotiated on behalf of its authors in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Owing to its intimate knowledge of the publishing process and its relationships with editors and publishers worldwide, Rick Broadhead & Associates has negotiated millions of dollars worth of deals for its authors with such venerable American and Canadian publishers as Random House, Knopf, HarperCollins, Hyperion, Penguin, St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Rodale, Little, Brown, Thomas Nelson, Wiley, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and many others.


The Last Refuge by Princeton scholar, former Fulbright Fellow, and Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen, telling the story of Al-Qaeda’s resurgence in Yemen and the lapsed vigilance that allowed a handful of men, including Osama bin Laden’s former secretary, to resurrect al- Qaeda’s branch in Yemen (North American plus translation rights sold to W.W. Norton; Australian and New Zealand rights sold to Scribe)

Persuasion by marketing expert and television personality Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Commuinications, and co-star of the hit CBC television show Dragon’s Den, explaining the elements of a winning pitch and the techniques of honest persuasion in business and in life, a skill that helped Dickinson escape from poverty and become not only a successful venture capitalist but one of the most powerful female business leaders in her field (Canadian rights pre-empted by HarperCollins Canada)

A Serious House by former World Bank official Robert Calderisi, author of The Trouble with Africa, exploring the role and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in the developing world, explaining how the largest organization on earth – from the haughty Vatican to the most remote nun in Africa, Asia, or Latin America – overcame its blind spots and kindled a sense of purpose in the developing world, training elites, improving the health and skills of the poor, and promoting justice and human rights (World rights acquired by Yale University Press)

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by naturopathic doctor Kate Rheume-Bleue, exploring the remarkable healing properties of Vitamin K2 (North American rights sold to Wiley)

See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World’s Most Popular Cocktailsby cocktail enthusiast and designer Brian Murphy, a unique visual guide to creating delicious cocktails (North American rights sold to Little, Brown)

Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival by survival expert Les Stroud, Host of Survivorman and Beyond Survival with Les Stroud on the Discovery Channel, a collection of survival stories (contemporary and historical, famous and not-so-famous) with Stroud’s analysis of what went wrong, what went right, what could have been done and most importantly – why – accompanied by stories from the author’s own adventures in survival and life (U.S. rights sold to HarperCollins; Canadian rights sold to HarperCollins Canada)

Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? – Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise by Alex Hutchinson, Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics, former researcher for the National Security Agency, and “Jockology” columnist for the Globe and Mail, a “myth-busting” collection of questions about fitness and exercise that scientists have managed to answer, providing hype-free analysis of common (“Can I freeze my lungs by exercising in the cold?”) and not-so-common (“Can swearing help me push harder in a workout?”) fitness questions, a fascinating book that bridges the gulf between exercisers and the scientists who study them (U.S. rights sold to HarperCollins; Canadian rights sold to McClelland and Stewart)

The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World by sea piracy expert Jay Bahadur, a rare, narrative-driven exposé that takes readers into the heart of Somalia, to the autonomous but internationally unrecognized region of Puntland, and up-close and personal with some of the world’s most feared sea bandits. (U.S. rights sold to Pantheon/ Random House; Canadian rights sold to HarperCollins Canada; U.K. rights sold to Profile Books; Australian and New Zealand rights sold to Scribe; and Dutch language rights sold to Nieuw Amsterdam)

Who Killed Mom? – A Deliquent Son’s Meditation on Family Mortality and Very Tacky Candles by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Steve Burgess, a poignant memoir of parents and passage and a humorous, admiring examination of the life and death of the author’s mother, a quietly complex woman (World rights acquired by Greystone Books)

King of the Road: True Stories from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker by ice road trucker and television personality Alex Debogorski, co-star of HISTORY’s Ice Road Truckers and Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads, featuring dozens of dramatic and humorous stories drawn from the author’s adrenalin-filled career, covering his adventures on the ice roads, his encounters with bears and drunken miners, and his colorful life as a trucker, entrepreneur, devout Catholic, and father of eleven children (World rights excluding Canada sold to Wiley; Canadian rights sold to Penguin Canada)

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight by cardiologist Bill Davis M.D., a fascinating tale of human whole grain misadventure, exploring how wheat-containing foods have come to dominate our diet and arguing that the “healthy, whole grain” advice dispensed by official agencies is actually a major contributor to ill health (World English rights pre-empted by Rodale)

The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf`s Greatest Upset by golf blogger Neil Sagebiel, the improbable “million-to-one” story of unknown municipal golf pro Jack Fleck’s stunning victory at the 1955 U.S. Open where he dashed Ben Hogan’s hopes of becoming the only man to win a record five U.S. Open titles (NBC’s coverage of the tournament signed off that day declaring Hogan the winner), a feat ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top ten greatest upsets in sports history (World rights sold to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press)

Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by New York Times Bestselling author Richard Reeves with Harvey Sawler, a visual history of the Kennedy administration and first family featuring photographs by Cecil Stoughton, chief photographer during the Kennedy administration (World rights sold to Abrams)

The Book of Better by Chuck Eichten, Design Director at the Nike Archives, a practical but humorous book pitched in the spirit of YOU: The Owners Manual, with a touch of Jon Stewart’s America, an illustrated guide to living well with diabetes, following on the heels of his self-published booklet about diabetes that has sold over 400,000 copies (U.S. rights sold to Crown/Random House; Canadian rights sold to HarperCollins Canada)

How the People Rule America by former CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Washington, D.C. think tank Third Way and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, examining the decisive role that public opinion plays in American politics (North American rights sold to Simon and Schuster)

WIKIBRANDS: Reinventing Your Company in a Customer-Driven Marketplace by social media experts Mike Dover and Sean Moffitt, with a foreword by Don Tapscott, a Web 2.0 guide to what successful companies are really doing to win in a customer-driven world (World rights sold to McGraw-Hill)

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