July 16, 2013 |
"I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story. " That's what Sharlene Martin wrote about her decision to take on Juror B37 as a client. The juror had been part of the trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder, and did not decide whether he was guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter. In an email to The Times, Martin wrote, "I decided to rescind my offer of representation after watching Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360. I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story.
July 15, 2013 |
Over the weekend, while thousands of people in various cities across the United States were protesting the George Zimmerman trial verdict, one of the six jurors in the trial was apparently quite busy on the phone - with a literary agent. The not guilty verdict in the shooting of Trayvon Martin came on Saturday evening. And on Monday morning, the woman known as “Juror B37,” and the juror's husband, had signed an agreement to be represented by the Los Angeles-based Martin Literary Management agency, as announced by the agency's president, Sharlene Martin.
July 9, 2013 |
Who would have predicted that, in her late 80s, Harper Lee would have to file suit to get the control of "To Kill a Mockingbird" returned to her? According to a lawsuit filed in May, Lee, in failing health, had been "duped" into assigning the copyright of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to her literary agent, a lawyer. That's no small thing: A half century after its publication, "To Kill a Mockingbird" still sells more than 750,000 copies a year. In one typical six-month period in 2009, its royalties amounted to more than $1.6 million.
June 18, 2013 |
ICM Partners has struck an alliance with New York-based Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, in a deal designed to strengthen the talent agency's presence in the publishing world. Gelfman Schneider represents such authors as Jeffrey Deaver, the mystery writer whose books include "The Kill Room," novelist Tracy Chevalier, author of "The Last Runaway," and Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe. Under terms of the arrangement, the literary agency will operate under a new name, Gelfman/Schneider/ICM Partners, and ICM will seek film, television and theatrical adaptations for the authors' works.
April 19, 2013 |
If any line item in the state or federal budgets cries out for more resources, or even just a little more respect, it's the arts and humanities. Never mind that many writers, artists and scholars have the fresh ideas that our times so desperately need. When politicians and columnists call for increased spending on STEM projects - that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics - don't they know they're alienating at least half the country? Let's reckon with the extent of the neglect.
February 1, 2013 |
Without Sterling Lord, there would be no Jack Kerouac - not Kerouac as we know him, anyway, the writer who introduced the Beat Generation. Lord was a former magazine editor and fledgling literary agent working in a basement apartment in New York when Kerouac walked in, handsome and scruffy, "On the Road" manuscript stuffed in his backpack. It took Lord four years and canny magazine placements to land Kerouac a book deal, but he persevered, even ignoring Kerouac's pleas to give up. "When I read the manuscript, I knew this was a very interesting voice and very interesting writer, and he should be heard," Lord says from his home in Manhattan.