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


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Peers are Starting to Die

This has been a weird 15 months.

I started a publishing company in December of 2012, and have been working 16 hour days (because I am still running the literary agency, which is why I don't write here as often as I used to).  I collapse every night instead of falling asleep, but make sure I get enough sleep, that I eat well, exercise a little and get all my physical check ups. For someone who is burning the candle at both ends, I am pretty healthy.

But I am never unaware of how careful I have to be to make sure that I don't overdo it, or push myself too hard.

In those 15 months, I've lost three people who came up through the horror/sf ranks with me.  They were all exactly my age.  They were brilliant, and some difficult, but they're gone, and I am regularly shocked by my mortality.

First to go was Robert Morales, a brilliant comic book writer and popculture maven.  He was one of the few nerds I knew who could understand how and why I was working to bring porn to the American mainstream.  He used to send me the funniest oddball emails, and I had hoped to one day have him work with me in my new company.  And suddenly he had died.  He had cancer that he didn't even know about and it just took him. Poof!

Then I heard that Philip Nutman, another brilliant but extremely difficult writer, was so sick as a result of years of drinking that he wasn't going to make it.  I couldn't believe that in this day and age someone I knew was actually going to die from drink.  But he did.  He was one of my first horror clients and I sold his only published horror novel, Wet Work.

Last night I learned that Alan Rodgers had passed away.  Another brief, shining light full of fire that often burned anyone in his path.  But Alan was an amazing editor, and horror writer, and I am sad to think he's not in this world anymore. He died as the results of health problems after some strokes.

And, of course, if you know me and my publishing history, you know I also lost Bob Booth, the genius behind Camp Necon, our horror-oasis in Rhode Island. He passed away as a result of lung cancer this fall.

I miss them all.

I can't believe I am at this point in my life where my friends are dying.

Appreciate those you love and tell them so, and get to work on your writing, because the candle doesn't burn forever.