Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Second City Publishing Services has its roots in both the New York and Chicago publishing worlds. Founded in 2006, we offer both individuals and organizations a full array of services including literary representation and consulting. The agency currently manages authors in most genres of non-fiction as well as fiction (mystery only), and works with our authors before, during and after their books are published.
For authors and organizations that have chosen to publish independently, Second City Publishing Services offers complete editorial services. We work closely with both individuals and organizations to develop, manage and grow their publishing programs.
Before founding Second City Publishing Services, Cynthia Zigmund spent more than twenty years in New York and Chicago publishing including positions at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Irwin Professional Publishing (now McGraw-Hill). In 1996, Cynthia joined Dearborn Trade Publishing (now Kaplan Publishing) as executive editor; she was promoted to editorial director six months later, and named vice president and publisher in 2000. During her ten years with Kaplan, Cynthia expanded the organization's program beyond real estate and finance to include business and architecture. Under her leadership, the company released several business bestsellers and became a leading business book publisher. Cynthia holds a business degree from Monmouth University in New Jersey where she graduated summa cum laude.
Richard Zigmund joined the company in 2008 after more than 20 years in commercial real estate finance and banking, including JP Morgan Chase and General Electric. Richard handles all aspects of marketing, finance, technology and operations. He holds a business degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he also graduated summa cum laude.