Peter H. McGuigan

Peter is a wide-ranging pop culture lover, and this shows in his client list. From Vicki Myron and Bret Witter’s number one New York Times and international bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World to Patrick deWitt’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Sisters Brothers, Peter is drawn to smart, offbeat voices in all genres of fiction and nonfiction. He works closely with each author to develop innovative, rock-solid proposals and manuscripts and is happiest when representing controversial, out of the ordinary or provocative subjects and authors.
Peter studied creative writing, journalism and literature at Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University and has a degree in English. He is fond of saying he began his publishing career outside of the mail room, working as a bike messenger, then in bookstores and as a musician before landing a job as an assistant at a small agency. He quickly became involved in foreign rights, and international publishing remains his passion. Five years working in corporate publishing convinced Peter that he was an independent at heart, and he took a job at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where he began developing his own diverse client list and worked with international bestselling authors such as Dan Brown and Nicholas Sparks. In 2007, Peter and his business partner Yfat Reiss Gendell launched Foundry Literary + Media, where he continues to develop and nurture writers.
Peter McGuigan only accepts submissions by email. Please send all queries for Peter to For more information on submitting your project, please see the Foundry Submissions page.


  • “Born
    Trevor Noah
    #1 New York Times Bestseller

  • Patrick deWitt
    Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
    Canadian Bestseller
    From Palm de Ore winner Jacques Audiard

  • “Hummingbird”
    Jude Angelini

  • “Sea
    C. Robert Cargill

  • “Truevine:
    Beth Macy
    National Bestseller

  • Robert M. Edsel
    with Bret Witter
    #1 New York Times Bestseller
    Major Motion Picture

  • “Talon
    Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman

  • Vicki Myron
    with Bret Witter
    #1 New York Times Bestseller,
    International Bestseller

  • “The”
    Yasha Levine

  • “Eat
    Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone

  • “Rock
    Kristin Casey

  • Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy
    Susan Spencer-Wendel
    with Bret Witter
    New York Times Bestseller

  • “The
    Steve Kardian and A. Clara Pistek

  • “Tuesday's
    Luis Carlos Montalvan and Ellis Henican

  • “Iced
    Chris Turney

  • “Deep
    Sean McFate and Bret Witter

  • “The
    Craig Schmell and Ellis Henican

  • “The
    J.B. Smoove with Iris Bahr

  • “Mercy
    Nathan Runkle

  • “Spaceman:
    Mike Massimino

  • “Sellout”
    Victoria Bruce

  • Factory Man
    Beth Macy
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Michael Waltrip
    and Ellis Henican
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Grant Morrison
    New York Times Bestseller
    Los Angeles Times Bestseller

  • Luis Carlos Montalvan
    with Bret Witter
    New York Times Bestseller Best of 2011
    Barnes & Noble Top 100 Nook Books of 2011
    APA Audie Award Finalist 2012
    International Latino Book Award Finalist 2012

  • “Once
    Corey Pegues

  • Warren Fahy
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Larry the Cable Guy
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Saving Italy
    Robert M. Edsel
    New York Times Bestseller

  • A. D. Scott

  • “After
    Christina McDowell

  • Tom Farley, Jr.
    and Tanner Colby
    New York Times Bestseller

  • “Swerve”
    Vicki Pettersson

  • “Shadow
    Sean McFate

  • “Undermajordomo
    Patrick deWitt

  • Robert Lane Greene

  • Jeff Foxworthy
    and Steve Bjorkman
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Patrick deWitt

  • Max Watman

  • Vicki Myron
    and Bret Witter
    New York Times Bestseller

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