Full-Service Book Promotion and Publicity
for Authors and Publishers:
Fiction and Nonfiction
Victor Gulotta started his publishing career in 1977, working as an editor and book promotion specialist. He went on to head publicity departments at trade and scholarly publishing houses, working with such authors as Isaac Asimov, Joseph Fletcher, Jonathan Kozol, Elmer Gertz, Thomas Szasz, James Randi, and Martin Gardner. In 1987, he was the publicist for the American edition of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's first collection of speeches.
In 1993, Gulotta ventured out on his own as a literary publicist and founded Gulotta Communications, Inc. One of his first clients was Microsoft Word creator Richard Brodie. Since then, he has represented such authors as Baxter Black, Nicholas Basbanes, Nancy Kricorian, Gloria Nagy, and Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. In recent years, he has represented Henry David Abraham, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Abbot Christopher Jamison, host of the BBC documentary series, "The Monastery"; Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States; Donald Jackson, calligrapher and senior scribe to Queen Elizabeth; and Stuart E. Weisberg, biographer of Congressman Barney Frank.
Gulotta has successfully promoted hundreds of seasoned and first-time authors. He has worked with clients from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, China, Pakistan, Mexico, and South Africa. In his more than thirty years of publicizing books, he has handled a broad range of subject areas, including: psychology, self-help, science, health, human sexuality, current events, music, parenting, relationships, women's issues, business, fiction, biography, art, entertainment, environment, education, history, religion, and philosophy.
Among the publishers he has represented are Crown, Ballantine, Holt, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, Atlantic Monthly Press, Mosby, HarperCollins, St. Martin's, Andrews McMeel, Temple University Press, William Morrow, Wiley, Billboard Books, Teachers College Press, M. E. Sharpe, University of Alabama Press, BBC Books, Ten Speed Press, Avon, Joseph Henry Press/National Academy of Sciences, Prima, Adams, Prometheus, Continuum, Putnam, Career Press, AMACOM, Dearborn Financial, Broadway Books, Penguin, McGraw-Hill, Liturgical Press, Citadel Press, Routledge, City Lights, Hyperion, Blackwell, Pelican, New American Library, University of New Mexico Press, University of Massachusetts Press, Globe Pequot, and Little, Brown.
Gulotta is the coeditor of Banned: Classical Erotica (Adams Media), a book about literary censorship, and occasionally contributes articles to newspapers and national book trade magazines. He has been quoted, or written about, in such major media as Associated Press, Reuters, MSNBC, United Press International, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Fox News, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Harvard Magazine. He is cited in "Publicize or Perish" in Writer's Digest's Guide to Literary Agents.
When he is not publicizing books by living authors, Gulotta is collecting first editions and original letters penned by nineteenth-century authors. His focus for fourteen years was the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In 2001, Gulotta sold his collection of rare books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and ephemera to Houghton Library at Harvard University. It was the largest-known private collection of Longfellow material to have been sold in more than half a century. An account of Harvard's acquisition and a profile of Gulotta appear in Among the Gently Mad (2002) by Nicholas A. Basbanes. The extensive archives of the Gulotta Collection served as source material for the biography, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life (2004), by Charles C. Calhoun. Another biographer and critic, Christoph Irmscher, refers to Gulotta as the "Dean of Longfellow collectors" in his Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200 (2009), an illustrated volume based on the Harvard exhibition that showcased highlights of Gulotta's collection.
Nicholas Basbanes's Editions and Impressions (2007) includes a chapter devoted to Gulotta and his post-Longfellow collecting focus of first editions of Charles Dickens, as well as important folio volumes of earlier English writers, from Dryden, Addison, and Pope down to Milton, Jonson, Spencer, and Chaucer. "Yielding to my growing interest in the infancy of writing," says Gulotta, "I next took a giant leap across several millennia to start a collection that demonstrates the evolution and varieties of the earliest forms of writing." That includes examples of Sumerian pictographs, Babylonian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphics, a Latin inscription in stone from first-century Rome, and medieval manuscripts from the twelfth through fifteenth centuries. "I've come a long way from Longfellow," he says.
An archive of correspondence between Isaac Asimov and Victor Gulotta, which incorporates two original book manuscripts, is included in the Isaac Asimov Collection of Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University.
A strong believer of mens sana in corpore sano, Gulotta complements his business and literary activities with a regimen of running, bicycling, weight-lifting, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Gulotta's biography appears in Who's Who in America. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where, he remembers fondly, he had the privilege to study under the poet Robert Creeley. Gulotta lives with his wife and daughter in Newton, Massachusetts, in a nineteenth-century home on property once owned by one of Longfellow's earliest publishers.