About Frederick T. Courtright and The Permissions Company, LLC
Fred Courtright has worked in the copyright permissions field for more than thirty years. Before starting The Permissions Company in 1997, he held the position of Permissions Manager at W. W. Norton & Company and Permissions Coordinator at Macmillan Publishing Company.
The Permissions Company, LLC is located in Boca Raton, Florida. We conduct most of our business electronically or by phone, but we are also available to meet with you via Skype, Zoom, or other video conferencing.
We currently administer rights for the following publishers, estates, and agents:
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Alice James Books
Ausable Press (now part of Copper Canyon Press)
Autumn House Press
Bellevue Literary Press
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Carnegie Mellon University Press
Catapult (including Soft Skull Press, Counterpoint, and Catapult Books)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
City Lights Books
Coffee House Press
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Copper Canyon Press
David R. Godine, Publisher
The Feminist Press
Finishing Line Press
Four Way Books
George Braziller Inc., Publishers
Green Integer/Sun & Moon Press
Holy Cow! Press
Health Communications, Inc. including Counselor Magazine
New Rivers Press
Oberlin College Press
Red Hen Press
Seven Stories Press
Shambhala Publications, including Roost Books
Snow Lion Publications (now part of Shambhala Publications)
Sounds True, Inc.
Station Hill Press
Texas Tech University Press
Tiger Bark Press (including Middlepoint Press)
University of Arkansas Press
University of Iowa Press (translation queries only)
Verse Press/Wave Books
West End Press
White Pine Press
Estate of Paula Gunn Allen
Estate of Craig Arnold
Estate of Brian Doyle
Estate of Robert Creeley
Literary Trust of David Graham Du Bois/Estate of W. E. B. Du Bois
Estate of Aileen Fisher
Estate of Angel Flores
The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Trust
Estate of Louis Simpson
Estate of Patricia Clark Smith
Estate of W. D. Snodgrass
Estate of William Stafford
Estate of Aldren Watson
Chris Calhoun Literary Agency
The Permissions Company, LLC grants permissions (i.e., administers rights) on behalf of a number of individual authors, including:
Aurora Levins Morales
Warsan Shire (Note: At present, this author is granting no reprint permissions)
Chase Twichell, and many others.
Ahsahta Press: Ahsahta Press ceased publication and rights were returned automatically to the authors/estates
The Crossroad Publishing Company: Crossroad now handles permissions in-house. Apply to: email@example.com
Firebrand Books: Firebrand ceased publication some time ago and rights were returned automatically to the authors/estates.
Hachette Book Group (including Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Books, Warner Books, Hyperion (adult titles only), Yen Press, Orbit, Faith Words, Voice, Black Dog & Leventhal, and Center Street). Rights are now handled internally for the Hachette Book Group USA Inc and for books published by the Perseus Books Group--please see here: Hachette Book Group Copyrights and Permissions
Howard University Press: HUP ceased publication, and rights are now with the various authors and estates
Paris Press: Paris Press was recently purchased by Wesleyan University Press
Starcherone Books Starcherone closed its doors in 2015 and rights were returned to its authors.
Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency: The Jennifer Lyons Agency now handles permissions requests in-house.
Estate of Melvin B. Tolson: With the death of Melvin B. Tolson Jr and his brother, we no longer have any contact with this estate.
Fred Courtright acts as Executor to a number of writers (most still living!), including Gary Gach, Mariela Griffor, Clyde Watson, Stephanie Strickland, and others.
The Permissions Company has completed permissions seeking projects for many educational publishers, including projects for the following:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Pearson Education (including Prentice-Hall, Longman, and Allyn & Bacon)
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Other publishers for whom we have recently obtained permissions include:
Penguin Random House
Little, Brown and Company
The Lyons Press
Wipf & Stock
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
W. W. Norton & Company Inc.
Yale University Press
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Health Communications, Inc.
Spotlight/Simon & Schuster, Inc.
The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.
References are available upon request.