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Agent’s Name: Paul S. Levine
Address: 1054 Superba Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
310-450-6711, 800-883-0490 fax: 310-450-0181
Carrier Pigeon: Use street address; train pigeon well.
Strippergram: Must be gorgeous and have a great routine.
Born: March 16, 1954; New York, NY.
Education: B. Comm., Concordia University, Montreal (1977); MBA, York University, Toronto (1978); JD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1981).
Career history: Attorney for more than 30 years.
Categories/subjects that you are most enthusiastic about agenting: Commercial fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and young adults.
What you don’t want to agent: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
If you were not an agent, what might you be doing instead: Practicing entertainment law; reading good books.
What’s the best way for writers to solicit your interest: Query letter ONLY by snail mail, email, fax, carrier pigeon, or strippergram.
Do you charge reading or management fees: No.
Can you provide an approximation by percent of what you tend to represent by category: Fiction: 35 percent, children’s: 15 percent, nonfiction: 50 percent.
What are some of the most common mistakes writers make when pitching you: Telling me that they’re writing to me because they’re looking for a literary agent. Duh!
How would you describe the client from hell: One who calls, faxes, emails, or sends carrier pigeons or strippergrams every day. One who constantly needs reassurance that each rejection letter does not mean that the client’s project lacks merit and that the client is an awful person.
How would you describe the perfect client: The opposite of the above.
How and why did you ever become an agent: I have loved the book business ever since I started practicing law in 1981. My first client was a major book publisher in Los Angeles.
What, if anything, can writers do to increase the odds that you will become his or her agent: Be referred by an existing client or colleague.
How would you describe to someone (or something) from another planet what it is you do as an agent: I represent writers—book authors, screenwriters, and writer-producers.
Do you have any particular opinions or impressions of editors and publishers in general: I love them.