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Biography: Kathy Silverman, Victim's Agent
 

Kathleen Myra Silverman was born June 7, 1954 to Myron and Sylvia Silverman. Myron, a tailor, was a man who gave attention to detail, a quality he imparted to his only daughter. She had a natural talent and a natural eye for the line of clothing and the flow of fabric. Myron hoped that she would follow in his footsteps and someday take over the family business, but Kathy had other ideas.

A highly social and talkative individual, she found she was quite good at negotiating from an early age. When she was eight, she was negotiating "deals" between fellow students to swap out lunch items, help on tutoring, and even the marketing of typewritten term papers. She was quite intelligent and always scored highly on her exams and made good grades. She considered going into law, given her ability to work details and her natural ability to talk to anyone on their level, but a summer job changed her whole direction.

Between her junior and senior years in high school, she got a job as a "gopher" in a small publishing house owned by Saul Abrams, a friend of her father's. Within two weeks, she had organized files, managed to mediate a long-term feud between the chief editor and the copy editor, and had the whole place from files to coffee cups organized. Saul was so impressed that he offered her the opportunity to read a few manuscripts to get her thoughts on them. True to his hunch, Kathy's observations were sharp, concise and right on the money. Saul assured her she had a future in the publishing business. After graduating high school, she opted to skip college, despite the fact that she could have gained scholarships from several schools, and instead went back to work for Saul.

She worked for Saul Abrams for five years, learning all of the ins and outs of the business of publishing. In 1977, when Saul decided to sell his publishing company to Brown and Little, Kathy helped him negotiate a deal that would set him up for life. Little and Brown took her on as chief editor for fiction, where she worked and helped "develop" best sellers for ten years.

In 1987, she felt she'd learned all she could learn from inside the publishing business and decided it was time to try something new. She had come to know writers and, more importantly, come to understand them and what made them tick. The part of her work she had truly enjoyed was working with them, helping them to carve out their own brilliance and making it shine.

She went to the Scott Meredith Agency and, with a tremendous cut in pay, went to work as an apprentice agent. Within 18 months she had become a fully licensed agent. She stayed with Scott Meredith until, after negotiating a multi-million dollar deal for one of their first time authors, she knew she had what it took to have her own agency.

In 1989, she began the Silverman Agency and has a been a formidable force for authors ever since. She "discovered" Zoe and stands to make a lot of money from the pending deal for her first novel.

Kathy has never married and has two cats, Pookie and Snookums. She is involved with the 35th Street Mission and usually spends holidays in the serving line, feeding the homeless and displaced. Her two brothers, Hiram and Jacob, continue to run the family business, "Silverman's" a fine men's clothing store in Manhattan. Her parents Myron and Sylvia, still reside in New York City, and dote on their two grandchildren, Rachel and Sarah.

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