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

Background Information

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  • Worked with unpublished authors to independently publish their manuscripts.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
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
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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

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Love Changes/ Sala,More Than A Survivor

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