Bill Gladstone | 05/03/18 | Agent

Bill Gladstone founded Waterside Productions, Inc. in 1982 and has personally placed more than 5000 titles with dozens of publishers. He has represented stars of the technical world ranging from Peter Norton to Linus Torvalds and was responsible for selling the first “For Dummies” book, Dos for Dummies by Dan Gookin, which led to the phenomenal series which now has sold over 200 million copies.

Currently Mr. Gladstone personally represents individual authors such as spiritual teachers Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Barbara DeAngelis, and Neale Donald Walsch, radio talk show host Thom Hartmann, international peace advocate Dr. Ervin Laszlo, philanthropist Shari Arison, New York Times bestselling author Victor Villasenor, environmental activists Michael Tobias, Paul Ehrlich, Hunter Lovins, and many other outstanding authors and professionals dedicated to creating books which inspire and improve the world. Mr. Gladstone is also the author of DR. AND MASTER SHA: MIRACLE SOUL HEALER, the best-selling novels THE TWELVEand THE POWER OF TWELVE, co-author with Jack Canfield of THE GOLDEN MOTORCYCLE GANGas well as producer of the film TAPPING THE SOURCE and co-author of the book TAPPING THE SOURCE (released in paperback as THE COMPLETE MASTER KEY SYSTEM). Mr. Gladstone is the host for the public television series Inside Wellness and also the series Soul Healing Miracles with Dr. and Master Sha.

Margot Maley Hutchison | 05/03/18 | Agent

Margot Maley Hutchison has been a senior literary agent with Waterside Productions, Inc. since 1992. She has represented more than 1,200 books and generated over 15 million dollars in revenue for her authors. She represents quality nonfiction on the following topics: computer, health, psychology, parenting, fitness, pop-culture, and business. She prides herself on working with authors and editors throughout the life of each book, from developing and editing excellent proposals, to helping with marketing and author platform.

Throughout her career at Waterside, Margot has worn many hats in addition to the agent hat. She was a key organizer of the Waterside Publishing Conference, the leading technical publishing conference in the industry. As the head of the Waterside Foreign Rights department until 2002, she generated hundreds of licensing deals and was the sole foreign representative for Novell Press.

For the past ten years Margot has concentrated on supplementing authors’ print work with web opportunities. She has created entirely new sales channels for all Waterside authors in online instruction, corporate website assignments, training and creating downloadable apps. She is especially excited about being involved in new opportunities currently evolving in the tablet market.

Carole Jelen | 05/06/18 | agents

VP/Literary Agent, San Francisco, Book and online training agent for technology and business. Premier publishing agent for over two decades, author of the top-selling book for authors, Creating Your Author Platform: The New Rules. Carole secures 100+ publishing contracts per year, represents millions in author/client revenues and books sold. As former publishing executive and editor, Carole is designated as a “Career Builder” Literary Agent…


  • Premiere publishing agent representing bestselling authors, creating and growing author publishing relationships
  • Acquiring/promoting in top-selling specialty areas of technology, business and self-help arenas.
  • Profile presence in media
  • “Career Builder” Literary Agent designation
  • Representing millions of copies in print.


  • Senior Editor, Addison-Wesley Publishing
  • Acquisitions Editor, Sybex Publishing, division of Wiley
  • Publishing Representative, Prentice-Hall Publishing
  • Publishing consultant to IBM, Apple, Adobe, Sybase, Novell and more

As Vice President/Literary agent, seeking out, creating, and managing author/publisher relationships as well as application of new ideas to online courses and apps. Publishing management in creating and negotiating contracts, advances, royalties as well as managing electronic and global rights within all computer-related and business arenas.

Success in over two decades of creating top publications, moving cutting edge concepts to print, and as collaborative content provider to corporate/college book and training series, networking 2,000+ authors to companies seeking writing and training experts and reviewers. Speaker at writing and publishing conferences.

Literary agent, editorial, content provider, author, corporate consultant to book and online publishing. Connecting authors to publishers in all top series such as the branded “For Dummies” line. Building author careers with single titles and full series lines.


  • University of California, Berkeley, MA
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA

“Carole has been my agent for nearly 15 years, providing the expertise, counsel, and contacts that took me to the next level(s), from journeyman scribe to the world’s #1 best-selling author of digital photography camera guides. After more than 1.25 million copies in print of 125 books and 2500 articles on imaging, photography, and technology topics, and a columnist and/or contributing editor for 10 magazines, the best of that happened on Carole’s watch. — David Busch .” David D. Busch Author, Trainer, Speaker.

“Carole is a former publishing executive who now connects the best authors and the top publishers. She makes things happen that no one else could. Just as one example, she helped me and a co-author arrange to write the first-to-market book on this year’s breakthrough products. Carole understands the needs of all sides and helps authors market themselves to publishers, and publishers make offers that inspire authors. All toward creating books, courses and other products that are a hit with the public.” Floyd Smith , Author, Consultant , Independent.

“Carole has been my literary agent for more than 20 years and if she didn’t do totally awesome work I wouldn’t still be a client now, would I? Carole is the consummate professional in her field. She knows EVERYONE in the business and is on excellent terms with every major acquisitions editor on the planet (and many of the minor ones, too). She is a shrewd negotiator who always fights hard to get what’s best for me. And she knows how to think outside the box, which is how she got me some of my most successful and off-the-wall book deals. Last but not least, she’s an absolute pleasure to deal with and has been for the entire 20 years we’ve been together. Carole rocks. Enough said.” Bob LeVitus, Journalist, Author, Trainer.

“Carole has been my agent at Waterside since 1993 and during that time has negotiated over 200 book contracts on my personal behalf, and from 1997-2004 for my former company, LANWrights, Inc. She has brought me several extremely interesting and lucrative projects including “HTML For Dummies” and several great college textbook projects. I have always found her to be a great resource, a terrific problem-solver, and a great contract negotiator and would recommend her to anyone interested in publishing into the computer trade book market or related markets (corporate presses, white papers, ebooks, and so forth).” Ed Tittel, Author.

“Carole Jelen has been my agent for several years now and has opened doors for me that just weren’t possible without her. She’s effectively marketed my skills and brought me many top publishing opportunities. Without her, all I was able to get were polite rejection letters. Through her, I’ve authored, co-authored, and edited more than ten titles. Many of these titles are sold at mainstream stores and others are books used in private universities and colleges. She’s even helped me land multiple book contracts. I love to write and I’m thankful Carole is on my side helping me stay busy with my passion.
Darril Gibson Author.

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working with Carole for over 20 years on multiple book projects; first when she was a Senior Editor at Addison-Wesley, and then when she represented me as my literary agent at Waterside Productions. I have nothing but the highest praise for her professionalism, her understanding of the publishing industry, and her honesty. I recommend her without reservation.”Bruce F. Webster , Chief Technical Officer , Pages Software, Inc.

“Carole always brought us authors who were some of the best in the business — true subject-matter experts who could explain technology in a clear and concise manner. She always worked hard to understand the needs of our business and few (if any) managed the author-publisher relationship better than she did. An absolute pleasure to work with!”Jeff Riley , Executive Editor , Pearson Education.

“Carole is a super-agent — the agent for all my books. She knows the publishers and their contract terms, gathers the info I need, closes the deal, helps me with any problems, and keeps projects flowing, so that I can write books and make money. She is invaluable.” Tony Bove , Author, Founder/Editor , Bove and Rhodes Report.

“Carole is a career publisher – she knows everyone in the business and knows all the right moves. She has great personal and professional integrity and is fun to work with besides! Peter H. Gregory Author, Trainer, Speaker.

“Professional and prompt to intervene when contract disputes or issues arise. Prior editor experience gives her a good sense for shaping a proposal and table contents. Recommended.” Joe Hutsko , Tech book author and journalist , Freelance Tech Writer.

“Carole’s been a great literary agent. She’s always managed to find the right book for me at the right time. We’ve had a terrific professional relationship.” James Pyles , Author ,

“Carole Jelen is a veteran agent with a long history in the publishing industry, with strong connections. She knows how to get the best deal for an author.” Allen Taylor, Author, Trainer.

“Carole has represented me on a number of book projects. She has consistently supplied me with invaluable advice and information, and has avidly represented my interests in contract negotiations. She knows the market and she knows what writers need.” Michael Cohen, Author, Trainer.

“Carole is the quintessential literary agent for any computer book author! Between her connections in the publishing industry, her fingers on the pulse of what publishers want, and her expertise at navigating the crazy waters of the publishing world, you could not find anymore more professional and results-oriented than Carole. We just published our ninth book through Waterside this month!” Mark Merkow, CISSP, CISM, CSSLP Author.

“C. Jelen is deeply connected with publishers and authors, and it shows. Carole has represented me since 2005, and since I have had 10+ titles, and counting!” Robert Kao, Author.

“Carole has been my agent since 2005. We are starting on my 5th book project together. She has been great at helping to guide my selection of which books to write as well as taking care of all of the interface with publishers in finding and negotiating the book deals. I highly recommend her.” John Blair, Author.

“Carole is awesome. She works very hard to get me the right project that fits my needs as well as the publisher’s no matter if the job is writing a book or developing an instructional project. I am very fortunate to be working with her.”Eric Butow , Author, Owner, Butow Communications Group.

“Carole is a literary agent who cares about her writers and works closely with them throughout the writing process. She has excellent industry connections and can always be counted to have her finger on the pulse of the market.” John Kuhlman , Author , Waterside Productions.

Carole Jelen

V.P. Literary Agent at Waterside Productions/San Francisco Bay Area
925 -968 -9066

Kimberly Brabec | 05/03/18 | Agent

Kimberly Brabec has been with Waterside Productions since April, 2000. In her early years at Waterside, she agented a range of nonfiction and fiction, including $30 MUSIC SCHOOL by Michael Dean, THE TURBULENT TWENTIES SURVIVAL GUIDE by Marcos Salazar, and OYSTER BLUES by Michael McClelland. After domestic agenting for several years, Kimberly shifted gears and joined Waterside’s foreign rights team.

Kimberly managed Waterside’s foreign rights business for technical books for several years until recently taking over as director for both technical and trade titles.   Her reach extends to much of the world, including a great deal of activity in countries such as Brazil, China, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, The Ukraine and others.

Kimberly lives in Temecula, California with her husband, 2 daughters, 3 cats and guinea pig. She can be reached at

David Nelson | 05/03/18 | Agent

David C. Nelson is a seasoned publishing professional. He has had an extensive and diverse career in publishing, spanning over thirty years, with experience in sales and marketing, as well as hands on involvement in the acquisition of a wide range of a book projects. He has held senior executive positions at the Penguin Group, and Harcourt, Inc., and was formerly Vice-President and Publisher of Beaufort Books. Most recently he held the position of Executive Editor at Sterling Publishing Company owned by Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller. At Sterling, he was responsible for the acquisition of Body/Mind/Spirit titles for his own imprint, Sterling Ethos. He served on the Association of American Publishers Trade Executive committee for six years. David also works as a consultant to independent publishers advising them on list building, as well as editorial and sales / marketing strategy.

David has worked with many celebrated and award winning authors including three Nobel Laureates. Among the authors he has worked with are Stephen King, Garrison Keillor, Terry McMillan, Umberto Eco, Jose Saramago, Kelsey Grammer, Ken Kesey, Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Nadine Gordimer, Pete Seeger, Robert Mondavi, William F. Buckley, Wallace Stegner, Dave Ramsey, Clive Cussler, Tim O’Brien, Mary Karr, T.C. Boyle, Claire Messud, Ann Patchett, William Kennedy, Anna Quindlen, Roger Clemens, Bob Gibson, Bill Maher, Paul Auster, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gangaji, Ed & Deb Shapiro, John Mortimer and others.

Jill Kramer | 05/03/18 | Agent

Jill Kramer was the Editorial Director at Hay House, Inc., for almost 18 years; and worked with numerous New York Times best-selling authors including Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Ben Stein, Carnie Wilson, Doreen Virtue, Cheryl Richardson, and many more. She is currently available for representation of all types of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, with the exception of sci-fi/fantasy.

She also represents nonfiction books in the areas of: mind-body-spirit, self-help, celebrity memoirs, relationships, sociology, finance, psychology, health and fitness, diet/nutrition/cooking, inspiration, business/politics/history, family/parenting issues, and more.

Johanna Maaghul | 05/03/18 | Agent

With a two decade career as a technologist and business analyst, Johanna continues to dedicate her time to her real childhood passion of reading and (now later in life) midwifing into the world non-fiction books. Her deep ability to recognize value in new concepts and quickly sift out meaning in today’s vastly growing sea of non-fiction are skills she has refined through her many years of reading, writing and coaching successful writers and artists. With deep industry experience in online marketing, web content development and digital publishing, Johanna combines her career expertise to help promote authors as well as assist them in navigating the rapidly changing worlds of traditional and digital publishing. While Johanna’s primary focus is on non-fiction, she has been known to take on works of fiction when she can’t put them down.

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