Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michelle S. Lazurek of WordWise Media Services

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 11.36.04 PM.pngMichelle S. Lazurek is an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services.

Personally, she seeks Christian nonfiction for adults, and picture books (secular and Christian) for children. That said, she is taking pitches for her entire agency and co-agents, and is happy to hear pitches for science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest for the agency include theology, Bible studies, religious/inspirational, professional, church issues, social/cultural issues, career, and reference. She takes both secular and Christian submissions.

No erotica or very vulgar manuscripts, please.

About Michelle: “In 2009, I felt a calling on my life to start writing. Apart from some poems in high school, I had never written anything before. As I studied and wrote down my thoughts, I soon published my first book. Today, with nine titles in print and hundreds of articles (and a few awards along the way), I teach aspiring authors at writers’ conferences. Now I get the privilege to journey with them more closely, and help them achieve their dreams. I have a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University. When not occupied with literary pursuits, you can find me sipping a hot latte at Starbucks, reading a good book, or collecting records from the 1980s and 90s. I live with my husband, two children and our crazy dog, Cookie.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lori Perkins of L. Perkins Agency

Screen Shot 2020-08-15 at 11.09.28 PM.pngLori Perkins is the founding agent at L. Perkins Agency.

She has sold more than 2,000 titles in her two decades as an agent. Perkins has had 7 books on the NY Times best-seller list including How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson, which made the NYT best-seller list for 7 weeks, J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter by Marc Shapiro, and The Hunger Games Companion by Lois Gresh.

Perkins is also the founder and publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-wining hybrid publisher, and currently splits her time between the two successful publishing businesses. As a result, she is only representing a few select clients, but oversees all aspects of the agency.

She is also a published author of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the editor of the first zombie romance anthology, Hungry for Your Love and 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey. She was an adjunct professor at N.Y.U.’s Center for Publishing for two decades, as well as an online professor at Writer’s Digest University. In 2010, The New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America named her Literary Agent of the Year, and she received an Outstanding Achievement Award as an Author’s Representative from Romantic Times Magazine.

She is a frequent speaker at writer’s conferences and conventions from romance to kink and attends approximately 13 conferences a year.

She is seeking:

“I am most interested in erotic and paranormal romance, female-driven science fiction and fantasy. In nonfiction, I am interested in pop culture and LGBTQ/social justice titles. Also interested in those areas in fiction as well, and memoirs that fall under those umbrellas.”

“We have a new line of books at Riverdale Avenue Books, the Binge Watcher’s Guides, and we are looking for authors to write guidebooks on TV shows and film franchises.”