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New books just published The Magical Leaping Lizard... Snack Attack...The Busy Bus..


Marsha Casper Cook resides in Illinois, where she works as a signatory literary agent for Marcus Bryan & Associates, which she founded in 1996. She is the author of nine screenplays, one of which is being considered for production. Her first book was "Sala, More Than a Survivor" and her second book is LOVE CHANGES.  She is now marketing her children's books The Magical Leaping Lizard, The Busy Bus and Snack attack.

WGA Signatory Agent
790 FRONTAGE RD. Northfield IL 60093

phone: (847) 847-441-4271


Work Experience

Founder, Owner and Signatory Agent - Marcus Bryan & Associates WGA Signatory Agency (1996-present)      

  • Started agency to represent screenwriters and authors.
  • Achieved Writers Guild of America (WGA) signatory status as of 1998.
  • Represented more than 100 client writers; more than 30 currently.
  • Sold three screenplay options to film production companies.
  • Developed numerous long-standing contacts with major film studios.
  • Developed network of managers, attorneys, writers and others to work with clients.


Founder - Michigan Avenue Media, LLC (2007-present)     

  • Started consulting and marketing company to work with book authors.
  • Worked with unpublished authors to independently publish their manuscripts.
  • Marketed independent authors with book signings, public relations, speaking engagements.


Author and Screenwriter - (1992-present)     

  • Wrote 11 feature-length screenplays; two of them optioned to studios.
  • One screenplay, Romancing Gracie, currently pending production.
  • Won screenwriting awards for Dear John and First We Dance.
  • Author of four books:  Sala, More Than A Survivor, Love Changes, East Wing of the Meridian, My Son the Bachelor.
  • Author of three children’s books: The Busy Bus, The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion, Snack Attack.
  • Held book signings and lecturers around Chicago area.



  • Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
  • Former president of Horowitz-Slavin Cancer Research at Evanston Hospital.
  •  Donate portions of book proceeds to Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, American Red Cross, United States Holocaust Museum and Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Area Of Expertise

*Options – book  to movie
*Client Relationships / Management
* Project Development
* Supervision of Employees working with clients
* Organizing / Developing Author’s Books                                  
* Relationships with Industry Professionals


Birth Place: Chicago, IL usa


It's Never Too Late by Marsha Cook
A screenplay in book form. Multi-Generational Romantic Comedy detailing the interactions between friends and family in a funny, true to life way. While reading this you will probably recognize someone you know and have a good laugh....


Isabella Pimpinella's Magicl Potion by Marsha Cook
Isabella Pimpinella‘s Magical Potion is a fun imaginative read for the early reader as well as the more advanced. The true test of bravery begins with thirteen little girls and a cat named Bogart who have the time of their life at the greatest sleepover ever when they get the chance to make a magical potion and learn to believe in themselves. It’s not only fun and fast paced it’s magical. Believe ...


No Clues No Shoes by Marsha Cook
Addison is feeling lonely because he has just moved into a new neighborhood, and then he meets Emelina. At first, they have nothing in common and didn’t see eye to eye on anything. Addison likes to read and write stories inside, and Emelina likes to be outdoors, jogging, skating, and just about anything that keeps her active. She likes healthy food and Addison has a sweet tooth. A few weeks after ...


Snack Attack by Marsha Cook
We all know children love candy and sometimes they eat too much. "Snack Attack” is a fun, creative look at nutrition that shows children eating well are a matter of making the right choices. Addison Apple loves chocolate candy, ice cream, cookies, cake and just about anything with a lot of sugar. His mother decided to see what would happen if she let Addison eat anything he liked. Addison thought ...


The Busy Bus by Marsha Cook
Kids laugh at the strangest things. This funny short-rhyming book is jam-packed with rhymes that will not only entertain children but also the adults reading the poems to them. Here’s one that’s the kids love. Whose Smelly Socks are those? Whose smelly socks are those? The ones over there The ones with the holes Whose smelly socks are those? The ones I squirt...


TO LIFE by Marsha Cook
ication Date: April 19, 2012 This is the touching and inspirational story of Sala Lewis, who at age ten was left alone to wander the streets of Poland after her family was taken away by the Nazis. Sala had been out with her friends and came home to find her family gone and the apartment where she lived sealed off. Everything she possessed was no longer hers. She had no family, no clot...


Love Changes by Marsha Cook
When lies come back to haunt Elaine, can she find a way to forgive herself? We’ve all heard the comment, “Sometimes life is too damn hard.” That’s what people say when they aren’t ready to move forward with their lives. Elaine Lewis was one of those people. She had made some bad decisions, but after spending months in therapy at the Castleberry, her future depended on her ability to forgi...


The Virginia Templeton Stories by Marsha Cook
Three contemporary, sexy romance stories about a powerful woman who knows what she wants ... and gets it. Mixing business with pleasure can be difficult, unless you’re Virginia Templeton. She has it all…a filthy rich husband, beautiful jewelry, fabulous clothes and a closet filled with incredible shoes. Is she happy? …No! Does she want to be in love?… Probably not! Is going from bed to be...



To Life
 by Marsha Cook
The Poem TO LIFE was written while I was researching the book SALA, MORE THAN A SURVIVOR. When Sala and I decided to do this project I had no idea how emotional of an experience it would ...


Book Showcase
 by Marsha Cook
Book Review Article...

Television Interview
 by Marsha Cook
Info on Marcus Bryan & Associates INC. ...

Book Review - The Busy Bus
 by Marsha Cook
The Busy Bus is a delightful collection of poems .The poems are witty with great illustrations making it a fun read. This book is sure to bring smiles and giggles to young children especially when rea...

Book Review - Snack Attack
 by Marsha Cook
Addison thinks he s got the best mommy in the whole world when she lets him have whatever he wants to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner even when it s chocolate candy, cookies and ice cream. Addison...

Book Review - The Magical leaping Lizard Potion
 by Marsha Cook
Whimsical story about thirteen junior witches who must pass a test of true bravery before they venture out into the world as full-fledged witches. ...

 by Marsha Cook

Book Review - Love Changes
 by Marsha Cook
Before I opened the first page of this book and even before I read the synopsis on the back cover I stopped to consider what the title of Marsha Casper Cook’s novel might mean. My first thought was th...

Book Review -Sala, More Than A Survivor- workinggirlreview
 by Marsha Cook
Born into the loving heart of a big, happy Polish family, Salucia (nicknamed Sala) has the kind of childhood most little girls only dream of. Short on money, but wealthy in love, her family of ten is ...

 by Marsha Cook
Number one...please keep writing.If everyone stopped writing that wasn’t being published by the traditional publishers we would be missing out on some great stories. Kee...

Sala,More Than A Survivor
 by Marsha Cook
New Holocaust Museum opened in Skokie Il....

 by Marsha Cook
Book Showcase - Marsha Casper Cook Interview from Newspaper...

Help is just an e- mail away.
 by Marsha Cook
Writing is hard work, but fun. ...


 by Marsha Cook
For all writers ...there is a network of writers started by April Robin. She is the CEO of Red River Writers Live and Robin Falls Kids and Robin Falls Magazine that would benefit everyone. ...

Books to Movies
 by Marsha Cook
Michigan Avenue Media now concentrating on reading books that would make good movies. Hollywood needs good stories and if Michigan Avenue Media finds good stories we will send the books to the...

In honor of all the breast cancer survivors
 by Marsha Cook
In honon of all the breast cancer survivors if you buy any of my books this weekend I will donate 25% of the net proceeds to the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation at Northwestern Hospital In Chicago ...

Charity Book Showcase
 by Marsha Cook
Book Showcase held at the Sheridan Hotel in Nothbrook IL in March. Lot's of people...Lots of fun... 25% of net sales went to Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Research American Red Cross In...
 by Marsha Cook
Dreams can become reality....


Elaine Lewis had it all. She had married a successful doctor with a brilliant future who loved her and would do anything to make her happy. She had a life that other woman envied. She was on top of the world, until she gave birth to a handicapped child. From the moment Stevie was born secrets from her past terrified her, almost to insanity. She refused to find room in her heart to love anyone. Her life became a living hell. Eventually, she had to face her past in order to save her future, but as her love changed so did everything else. When she made her choice it was almost too late. The challenge of life and all that it had to offer became the opportunity of a lifetime.

Touching and inspirational story of Sala Lewis, who at age ten had been left alone to wander the streets, after her family had been taken away by the Nazis. Sala had been out with her friends when she came home to find her family gone and the apartment she lived in sealed off. Everything she possessed was no longer hers. She had no family, no clothes, no food, and at that moment in time no future. But Sala was strong willed. Even at a young age one could see Sala would not get lost in this world. She wouldn’t give up and she wouldn’t allow herself to be afraid. Even when she was taken away by the Nazis, she fought to stay alive. Her uncompromising determination led her to find the camp that her sister Dora was in. Once they were together nothing could stop them. To this day their love and commitment to each other is beyond reproach. They believed in the American dream and the land of opportunity. The proudest day of their lives was when they became citizens. They were more than survivors, they were Americans.

The Busy Bus

new website for books
Love Changes/ Sala,More Than A Survivor

Additional information

Hello, and welcome to our new blog. We’re here to help new authors get their books published. My career as an author started because I began to independently publish books that had sat around in my drawer after traditional publishers rejected them. Since then, I’ve been able to have my work sold nationwide, and I’ve been able to do book signings and give talks about my work. Based on that, I decided I wanted to help other new authors take their manuscripts from their drawers at home to bookshelves across the country. I get hundreds of e-mails each month asking for advice, and thought this blog would be a better way to answer everyone’s questions. Please feel free to post questions here, tell us your story, or e-mail us with questions that we can respond to on this site.

Contact Information

Marcus Bryan & Associates Inc.
790 frontage rd suite 210 
Northfield   IL   60093   USA

Fax: 847-441-4272
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