The two main keys to success as a literary agent are: knowing many different editors and knowing what they are “buying” for their publishing houses. When he opened The Paul S. Levine Literary Agency in 1996, Levine had less than 200 editors in his private database; in his database he now has over 1,600 editors, to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and non-fiction books.
As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.
Companies: The Law Office of Paul S. Levine (opened 1992) and The
Paul S. Levine Literary Agency (opened 1996; expanded 2008)
Areas of literary interest:
Fiction – Adventure, Business/Commerce, Children/Juvenile/Young Adult, Mainstream, Mystery, Politics/Law, Romance, Thrillers, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction – Business/Commerce,Children/Juvenile/Young Adult, Contemporary/Popular Culture, How-To/ Self-Help, Politics/Law, Relationships, Sports
Company location: Venice CA
Birthplace: New York City
Education: J.D., University of Southern California; M.B.A., York University, Toronto; B.Commerce (Magna Cum Laude), Concordia University, Montreal
Previous legal experience: Resident Counsel, Hearst Entertainment Productions; Attorney, Business and Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Television; Associate,
Law Office of Stephen F. Rohde
Dream retirement job: Entertainment law professor
Passionate about: Rock and Roll