Marilyn Allen is a literary agent and partner in the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. Prior to that she spent twenty-five years doing sales and marketing for various publishing houses. Her responsibility culminated in Associate Publisher and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Harper Collins. Prior to that, she had directed sales and marketing teams for Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster, and Avon Books.
Marilyn currently represents many nonfiction authors including two New York Times bestselling writers. She focuses in the areas of nonfiction, cooking, health, parenting, crafts, self-help, pop culture, and business.
Marilyn is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters with her partner Coleen O’Shea (Penguin).
She has taught publishing courses at NYU and for Gotham University. She frequently conducts publishing seminars and gives speeches at writing conferences. She is also the literary consultant for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.