Stephen S. Power is a 30-year publishing veteran who has acquired and edited more than 500 books, including many New York Times bestsellers.
At Kevin Anderson, he builds books from the ground up: strategizing marketable ideas, developing outlines, editing manuscripts, and writing book proposals for placement with agents or publishers. Several of his proposals have sold for six-figure advances, and several of the books he’s worked on have become New York Times bestsellers, including Welcome to Dunder Mifflin by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman, Baby Steps Millionaires by Dave Ramsey. Four other books have become Wall Street Journal bestsellers, such as Jeff Lerner’s Unlock Your Potential, which hit #1 on that list and #1 on Publishers Weekly nonfiction list. He also brings in new authors as clients and new writers to work with them, creates alliances with agents, publishers and other organizations to bring in new authors, and develops major new services, such as the Cultural Accuracy Reading Service.
As Executive Editor at Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, he worked on nonfiction bestsellers, including New York Times bestsellers by Bernie Sanders, John Boehner (which hit #1), John Kasich, Terry McAuliffe, Bandy X. Lee, Cliff Sims and Ramin Setoodeh, as well as fiction by Anne Griffin and Jonathan Vatner.
Prior to Tom Dunne Books, he worked on business books for Amacom where he had three books win or be longlisted for Porchlight Best Business Book awards. He handled nonfiction in many genres at Wiley, where he expanded the history list, started a sports list, published Times bestsellers by Tedy Bruschi, Don Felder and Keith Olbermann and commissioned a book that won an Edgar Award in the Best Critical/Biographical book category. At Avon Books, where he began his career, he started a history imprint and health imprint, managed all media tie-ins, and worked on books in every genre except romance (although he’s all for romance as both a genre and a practice).
He’s also a novelist, short story writer, and Pushcart-nominated poet. Although he was born in the city and raised in the New York suburbs, he’s lived in New Jersey for two decades and thus wonders what that makes him now.