Amanda Mecke brings more than 25 years' experience in New York book publishing at Harcourt, University of California Press, and Random House to the literary agency she founded in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has also advised institutional clients, such as Rutgers University Press and Earth's Elders Foundation, about Intellectual Property rights.
Most recently Amanda is a founding team-member of the online start-up, Unglue.it, a crowdfunding website for ebook reprints using Creative Commons licenses.
You can follow her on Twitter @amreadertoo
Prior Professional Experience:
Amanda was VP and Director of Subsidiary Rights for Bantam Dell Publishing Group, a division of Random House Inc. 1989-2003
Beginning at Bantam as Associate Direct, Domestic Rights, she worked with authors such as Daniel Goleman, Nicholas Dodman, Dean Koontz, Stephen Hawking, Christiane Northrup, Bill Bryson, Elizabeth McCracken, Allen Mandelbaum, Tom Levenson, Tami Hoag, and Norman Schwarzkopf. From 1989–1998, in addition to her work for Bantam, Amanda served as Subsidiary Rights Director for BDD Audio, and from 1995–1998, she was also Subsidiary Rights Director for Broadway Books during its launch.
She was also a founding Member of Random House Corporate Steering Committee (1998-2003) for the in-house RMS software project. This integrated contracts and royalty payment system continues to set new industry standards for subsidiary rights accounting and statements.
From 1980-1989, Amanda ran the New York marketing office of the University of California Press, an award-winning West Coast publisher.
While at UC Press, she orchestrated national publicity campaigns for bestselling trade books such as Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks and The California Dante: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso translated by Allen Mandelbaum and illustrated by Barry Moser, Habits of the Heart by Robert Bellah, et al, Revolt Against Regulation by Michael Pertschuk, and The Managed Heart by Arlie Hochschild.
Her first job in publishing was at Harcourt (then HBJ) and Helen and Kurt Wolf Books. At HBJ, she helped sell rights for new books by the authors Quentin Bell, Jan Morris, Max Frisch, Gunter Grass, Jessamyn West, Ivan Doig, Stanislaw Lem, and brought several classic backlist titles, such as Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Co., back into print.
Amanda holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, where she taught composition.
She is a past-president of Women in Scholarly Publishing (WISP) and a former board member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).