Friday, August 29, 2014

I LOVE Romance by Rachel Brooks

Hook up with Romance!

This may not come as a surprise, since I’m currently open to romance queries …

But I love romance novels! From erotic romances to NA contemporaries, plus all sorts of fabulous categories and authors in between, this genre is one that will keep you seduced.

With the recent romance-mania of RWA 2014 San Antonio last month keeping romance on my mind, I thought it would be nice to share some great romance websites. Reviews, pre-release buzz, author interviews, forums, conference info—these sites will hook you up!

The list below is perfect for both new and veteran romance readers and writers to peruse. While this is not an all inclusive list of the fabulous sites out there, it’s a good start for those wanting to learn more about everything romance. (Plus, did I mention all the gorgeous, sexy covers featured throughout them?)

Heroes and Heartbreakers http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/
Romance Beat http://romancebeat.com/
RT Magazine http://www.rtbookreviews.com/
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/
All About Romance http://www.likesbooks.com/
Happily Ever After USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/blog/happyeverafter/
Night Owl Romance http://romance.nightowlreviews.com/v5

Have a romantic weekend!
~Rachel Brooks
Junior Agent

Friday, June 27, 2014

Two New Agents Join L. Perkins Agency


New York - June 26, 2014 – The L. Perkins Agency has hired two new literary agents, Leon Husock and Rachel Brooks, to help expand their representation into genre fiction and picture books.

 “I am really pleased to have these creative, enthusiastic young agents join the agency” said Agency Founder Lori Perkins. “I am looking forward to watching them discover the next wave of authors to make the best-seller list.”

Leon Husock joins L. Perkins Agency as an Associate Agent specializing in speculative fiction of all kinds, as well as young adult and middle grade novels. Leon earned a B.A. in Literature from Bard College and attended The Publishing Course at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, Leon was an Associate Agent at Anderson Literary Management

Rachel Brooks will be joining the agency as a Junior Agent handling romance, young and new adult fiction and select picture books. Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel Brooks worked for a year as an agent apprentice to Louise Fury. In addition to her industry training, Rachel has a business degree and also graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

About L. Perkins Agency
The L. Perkins Agency is a New York-based literary agency with four agents on staff and agents in 11 foreign countries.  The Agency has had a number of books on the best-seller lists and Agency clients include Jenna Jameson, Cecilia Tan, and Laura Antoniou.  Lori Perkins was named 2010 Agent of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Lperkinsagency.com


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sandy Lu Promoted to Senior Agent; Handling Agency's Foreign Rights

Sandy Lu returns to the L. Perkins Agency as Senior Agent and will be overseeing the agency's foreign rights. She continues to specialize in adult and YA literary fiction, commercial fiction with a literary bent, narrative non-fiction, history, psychology, sociology, science, and pop-culture. Sandy@lperkinsagency.com

Monday, May 19, 2014

When Your Client "Makes It"

I have been a literary agent for more than two decades, and I've had many auctions and six figure deals.  I've had a number of books on various best-seller lists, but most of them have been one-shot or celebrity books or books that the author and I knew would sell a zillion copies, but the publisher didn't, so we received a low advance and waited two years for the royalty check to come in (reserves against returns).

I have watched many authors thank their agents who have believed in them for years as, after 10 or 20 years of writing in diligent obscurity, or even a dedicated fan niche, they suddenly are out and now everyone knows their name - Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Renee Jones, to name a few off the top of my head.

And now it has happened to Cecilia Tan, who is one of my best friend and a client.

I love Cecilia's work. When she sends me an outline, or I have the privilege to edit her (I signed 4 Harry Potter-esque fanfic turned "real" novels by her when I was the Editorial Director of Ravenous Romance, as well as a really hot baseball novel), her work often brings me to tears.  I would fangirl her so hard if she wasn't my client and friend.

And now the whole world knows what an awesome writer she is thanks to the amazing Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Erotic Romance for Slow Surrender, the first book in her amazing trilogy.

Cecilia took my advice when I called her and said, "this is your moment.  You've been writing erotica for years, and the world is ready for you.  Give me a contemporary BDSM light series that will show the world what you  are made of," and she did.

We did not get a lot of money up front from Grand Central.  We didn't even get a full promise of print, but we had an enthusiastic, great editor in Latoya Smith, and I urged Cecilia to take the opportunity and see where it would take her.  The books were awesome, and got wonderful reviews, which promoted Grand Central to get it on the '"If You Liked 50 Shades" table at B&N, which made it sell.

Fast forward a year later. We have had some amazing foreign sales on the Slow Surrender trilogy, and two concurrent trilogies at two separate houses.

I can proudly state that Cecilia will be chained to her desk writing for the foreseeable future, which is what she has always wanted to do.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Isn't It Romantic? Meeting My New LPA Agent Tish Beaty at Romantic Times 2014

I've known Tish Beaty for a while.  She wrote an essay for me in my 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey anthology for Ben Bella (http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Writers-Shades-Grey-ebook/dp/B00A6D5C2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400344957&sr=8-1&keywords=50+writers+on+50+shades+of+grey) because she was the acquiring editor at Coffeehouse Press for EL James' mega-selling trilogy.  She wrote a short story for the Riverdale Avenue Books' We Love NY anthology (http://www.amazon.com/LOVE-New-York-Anthology-Hurricane-ebook/dp/B00BGDO98E/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400344877&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=we+love+NY+lori+perkins ) and I know she's working on her own erotic fiction.

At the beginning of the year she decided she wanted to try life on the agent side of the fence, and I knew she had the eye to find great talent, so I was thrilled to have her work with me as our new erotica and erotic romance agent, who is also taking on some YA and new adult, as well as some nonfiction.  And only a few months later, she already has a few sales under her belt, which is awesome.

She lives in the mid-west, so we do all our work via email and over the phone.  While you can certainly get a feel for someone's personality over the phone, there's nothing like meeting in the flesh.

The Romantic Times convention in New Orleans was our first face to face, and we hit it off like crazy.  She has such a passion for dirty books, and so do I!  It is a joy to listen to her tell me about the amazing authors she met here, and how excited she is to take them on.  I always feel the same way when I come to RT.  It is my favorite convention.  I just love the empowerment of my fellow women writers.

What a joy it is to work with a kindred spirit!

And you can show her some love by sending her your queries at tish@lperkinsagency.com