LAI Literary

Leading Authorities, Inc. Partners With Ross Yoon

Leading Authorities, Inc. has long understood the powerful synergy between speaking and publishing. Having a great book that supports a speaker’s message is critical in today’s competitive marketplace. LAI Literary is Leading Authorities’ resource for talent seeking to write and publish works of non-fiction. A collaboration between Leading Authorities, Inc. and Washington, DC-based literary agency, Ross Yoon, LAI Literary fields proposals and assists clients in conceiving, developing, and licensing future best-selling books.

In addition, Leading Authorities helps our clients to promote and sell their books once they are published. In the past year alone, our team has helped sell hundreds of thousands of copies of books, and partnered with publishers and publicists to execute strategic book promotion events and campaigns.

From the Street to the Stars by Hakeem Oluseyi

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, an astrophysicist and former space science education lead for NASA, released his book A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars on June 15, 2021. Hakeem is a renowned scientist who has worked on Nobel Prize-winning teams and created 12 patents globally on manufacturing computer chips.

His new book is a powerful story of overcoming barriers and chasing impossible dreams as he narrates his inspiring and hopeful journey from the street to the stars.

Despite being the kid with a 162 IQ who his peers called “the professor” and "gangsta nerd," he fell into the wrong crowds and entered the world of drug dealing before dropping out of college. But Hakeem never gave up. Persevering past naysayers, self-doubt, and seemingly immovable obstacles, he turned his life around and achieved his dream of making an unforgettable mark in the world of astrophysics.

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Highly Anticipated Book from Best-Selling Authors Rob O'Neill and Dakota Meyer

Rob O'Neill, former SEAL Team Six Leader, and Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor recipient, will be releasing their book, The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy, on March 1, 2022. O'Neill is one of the nation’s most-decorated veterans who lives by the mantra “Never quit” and Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since 1973.

Their highly-anticipated book alternates between the writers' perspectives and shares lessons that each have learned along the way of their whirl-wind lives.

In this book, Rob and Dakota share everything from heart-pounding stories and tactics to handle stress to tackling your biggest obstacles. They provide a candid, down-to-earth account of what it takes to survive and thrive on battlefields from Afghanistan and Iraq to our daily lives.

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Book Released by Acclaimed Thinkers50 Thought Leader & Globally-Recognized Expert On Innovation & Growth

Rita Gunther McGrath, a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, a globally-recognized management thinker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School, released her latest book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, on September 3rd, 2019. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50.

Her most recently-released book is the first prescriptive, innovative guide to seeing inflection points before they happen—and how to harness these disruptive influences to give your company a strategic advantage.

Paradigmatic shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points, can either create new, entrepreneurial opportunities (see Amazon and Netflix) or they can lead to devastating consequences (e.g., Blockbuster and Toys R Us). Only those leaders who can “see around corners”–that is, spot the disruptive inflection points developing before they hit–are poised to succeed in this market.

In this book, Rita contends that inflection points, though they may seem sudden, are not random. Every seemingly overnight shift is the final stage of a process that has been subtly building for some time. Armed with the right strategies and tools, smart businesses can see these inflection points coming and use them to gain a competitive advantage. Seeing Around Corners is the first hands-on guide to anticipating, understanding, and capitalizing on the inflection points shaping the marketplace.

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Former DNI James Clapper Released New Book In May 2018

The former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, released his first book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, on May 22, 2018.

Formerly the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the US, James Clapper led the intelligence community through a time that saw rising tensions around the world and election meddling here at home.

In his book, Clapper traces his career through five decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyber attacks, his relationships with Presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. In the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, he will also describe his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. His book is highly anticipated and will be full of stories and insights that will likely get quite a bit of press. 

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New York Times Best-Selling Memoir: The Operator

Decorated US Navy SEAL, Robert O’Neill, released his best-selling and highly-acclaimed memoir, The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior, on April 25th, 2017.

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. The memoir, which was approved by the Department of Defense (DoD), reached the number three spot on the New York Times best-sellers list.

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Living A No Barriers Life

Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending carefully, he and his team picked their way across deep crevasses and through the deadly Khumbu Icefall; When the mountain was finally behind him, Erik knew he was going to live. His expedition leader slapped him on the back and said something that would affect the course of Erik’s life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.”

No Barriers is Erik’s response to that challenge. It's the moving story of his journey since descending Mt. Everest: From leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. During Erik's journey, he meets other trailblazers―adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists―who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own. These pioneers show Erik surprising ways forward that surpass logic and defy traditional thinking.

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Meet The Ross Yoon Agency Team

Gail Ross and Howard Yoon

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Gail Ross, President of the Ross Yoon Agency, represents a variety of important commercial nonfiction. She and her team work closely with first-time authors and have earned a reputation in the industry for providing rigorous, enthusiastic editorial guidance at all stages of the publishing process. She says that each of her projects must meet two criteria: It must make her daughters proud and offset their college educations. She sincerely believes in the phrase: Books Change Lives. She encourages her writers to view themselves as members of the literary community, helping each other toward success.

howard yoon

Howard Yoon is a literary agent and principal of the Ross Yoon Agency. He started as Gail's literary assistant in 1992 and since then has worked as an editorial director, ghostwriter, foreign rights manager, and book consultant and editor. In 2000, he founded AuthorsOnline, an online marketing and promotional site for established authors. In 2004, he co-wrote a book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change, which won the Terry McAdams price for best book on the nonprofit sector. Howard looks for original voices and experiences. His strength is in helping talented authors find their place in the book world. He loves working with first time authors but also enjoys helping guide veterans with career decisions and new book ideas.

 

 

The Ross Yoon Agency’s Principals, Gail Ross and Howard Yoon, have specialized in the adult nonfiction book market for more than 25 years. Gail, a media lawyer, and Howard, an award-winning author and professor of narrative nonfiction, have strong relationships with every major publishing house in New York and abroad. Their clients include CEOs, top doctors, journalists, and entertainers; while many of their clients have some form of professional writing experience, a majority are first-time book authors.


“When Gail and Howard were first introduced to Leading Authorities, they came highly recommended from some of the most respected names in publishing,” said Mark French, CEO of Leading Authorities. “Having worked with them for the past year, it is clear to us why they have earned such a great reputation. Our speakers have been benefiting from the partnership since day one.”

In the last 18 months, close to half of the books in the Ross Yoon portfolio have hit the New York Times best sellers list. Their knowledge of market trends and editorial guidance has also led to Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and movie options. In its first year, LAI Literary successfully landed book deals in the seven figure range for our clients.