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Best-selling Novelist, Today Show Literary Commentator, Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan

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John Searles is the author of two best-selling novels, Strange but True and Boy Still Missing (both published by William Morrow), and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines.

He frequently appears on NBC's Today Show to discuss his favorite book selections. His early, on-air championing of books such as The Help, Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, and The Lovely Bones has greatly contributed to the success of numerous New York Times best-sellers.

Searles has also appeared on CBS's The Early Show, NPR's "Fresh Air," Live! With Regis and Kelly, and on CNN. As an editor-at-large at Cosmopolitan, he is involved with all book excerpts and reviews, the magazine's best-selling book series, website, radio station, and i-pad apps.

Time magazine named him a "Person to Watch," and the New York Daily News dubbed him a "New Yorker to Watch" when his first novel, Boy Still Missing, was published. Searles's humor, affability and industry expertise make him an ideal speaker for a variety of audiences including colleges and universities, publishing programs, writers' festivals, libraries, and library conferences.

Searles was born and raised in Monroe, Connecticut, the son of a truck driver and stay-at-home mom. After his high school graduation, he worked at the nearby Dupont factory.

To save money for college tuition, he stayed on at the factory and worked a night-job as a telemarketer, keeping people on the phone for hours asking important questions like, "On a scale of one to ten, how do you rate Bubble Yum in terms of its chewability?"

When he finally saved enough money, Searles quit the factory and began commuting to Southern Connecticut State University.

He majored in business, because he thought it was practical, but minored in creative writing, because it was something he loved. He was fortunate to win a number of writing awards from the University.

Encouraged by this recognition, he moved to New York City to pursue a master's degree in creative writing at New York University.

Following his time at NYU, Searles waited tables and attempted to publish his novel.

His most memorable rejection came when an editor mistakenly left this note inserted in the manuscript: "I could barely make it to page 60 and I feel really sorry for anyone who has to read the whole thing."

Soon afterward, Searles attended a writer's conference in South Carolina, where he met the fiction editor of Redbook. She liked his writing and offered him a freelance job reading short story submissions for 50 cents a story.

He took that job for over a year until he was offered what was at first meant to be a part-time position in the books department at Cosmopolitan.

Searles lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Books
Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception

Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception

Help for the Haunted: A Novel (P.S.)

Help for the Haunted: A Novel (P.S.)

Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization

Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization

Mind: A Brief Introduction (Fundamentals of Philosophy)

Mind: A Brief Introduction (Fundamentals of Philosophy)

Strange but True: A Novel (P.S.)

Strange but True: A Novel (P.S.)

Boy Still Missing: A Novel

Boy Still Missing: A Novel

Speaking Topics
  • How to Drive Your Reader Wild in Bed and Six Other Scintillating Secrets Every Writer Should Know

  • A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Becoming a Writer

  • Turning Your Life into Fiction: Why Fiction is Better Than the Truth

  • The 7 Rules of Creative Inspiration

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John Searles

Best-selling Novelist, Today Show Literary Commentator, Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan

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John Searles Biography

John Searles is the author of two best-selling novels, Strange but True and Boy Still Missing (both published by William Morrow), and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines.

He frequently appears on NBC's Today Show to discuss his favorite book selections. His early, on-air championing of books such as The Help, Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, and The Lovely Bones has greatly contributed to the success of numerous New York Times best-sellers.

Searles has also appeared on CBS's The Early Show, NPR's "Fresh Air," Live! With Regis and Kelly, and on CNN. As an editor-at-large at Cosmopolitan, he is involved with all book excerpts and reviews, the magazine's best-selling book series, website, radio station, and i-pad apps.

Time magazine named him a "Person to Watch," and the New York Daily News dubbed him a "New Yorker to Watch" when his first novel, Boy Still Missing, was published. Searles's humor, affability and industry expertise make him an ideal speaker for a variety of audiences including colleges and universities, publishing programs, writers' festivals, libraries, and library conferences.

Searles was born and raised in Monroe, Connecticut, the son of a truck driver and stay-at-home mom. After his high school graduation, he worked at the nearby Dupont factory.

To save money for college tuition, he stayed on at the factory and worked a night-job as a telemarketer, keeping people on the phone for hours asking important questions like, "On a scale of one to ten, how do you rate Bubble Yum in terms of its chewability?"

When he finally saved enough money, Searles quit the factory and began commuting to Southern Connecticut State University.

He majored in business, because he thought it was practical, but minored in creative writing, because it was something he loved. He was fortunate to win a number of writing awards from the University.

Encouraged by this recognition, he moved to New York City to pursue a master's degree in creative writing at New York University.

Following his time at NYU, Searles waited tables and attempted to publish his novel.

His most memorable rejection came when an editor mistakenly left this note inserted in the manuscript: "I could barely make it to page 60 and I feel really sorry for anyone who has to read the whole thing."

Soon afterward, Searles attended a writer's conference in South Carolina, where he met the fiction editor of Redbook. She liked his writing and offered him a freelance job reading short story submissions for 50 cents a story.

He took that job for over a year until he was offered what was at first meant to be a part-time position in the books department at Cosmopolitan.

Searles lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

John Searles Videos

  • Meet the Author: Breakfast with John Searles - YouTube

John Searles Books

John Searles Speaking Topics

  • How to Drive Your Reader Wild in Bed and Six Other Scintillating Secrets Every Writer Should Know

  • A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Becoming a Writer

  • Turning Your Life into Fiction: Why Fiction is Better Than the Truth

  • The 7 Rules of Creative Inspiration

FAQs on booking John Searles

  • How to book John Searles?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Searles for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Searles, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Searles or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Searles?

    Booking fees for John Searles, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Searles, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Searles?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Searles for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Searles for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Searles or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Searles or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Searles is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Searles for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. John Searles generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mary Karr, Kirby Ferguson, Nicholas Merrill, Wally Lamb and Matt Mason. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Searles for an upcoming live or virtual event.

John Searles Speaker Videos

  • Meet the Author: Breakfast with John Searles - YouTube

John Searles Speaking Topics

  • How to Drive Your Reader Wild in Bed and Six Other Scintillating Secrets Every Writer Should Know

  • A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Becoming a Writer

  • Turning Your Life into Fiction: Why Fiction is Better Than the Truth

  • The 7 Rules of Creative Inspiration

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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