Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist
For nearly twenty years, this framed quotation has graced my office:
“Après les choses qui sont de première nécessité pour la vie,
rien n’est plus précieux que les livres.”
It's from Pierre Simon Fournier’s 1764 typography manual, and it means: “After all the basic necessities of life, there is nothing more precious than books.”
That’s how I’ve felt about books since my mother started reading to me as a baby. As soon as I could read my favorite stories on my own, my literary fate was sealed. I’ve lived in the world of words ever since—as a reader, a writer, an editor, and now as an agent.
The only thing I love more than books are the writers who write them. I’ve had the privilege of working with talented wordsmiths of every stripe—from reporters, nonfiction authors, content creators, and memoirists to novelists, screenwriters, graphic novelists, cartoonists, comic book writers, short story writers, and poets.
Writers are my tribe. I began as a journalist, and over the years I’ve penned countless new stories, articles, essays, collateral, and blogs, as well as authored/co-authored more than a dozen books, most recently Fixing Freddie, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and A Miscellany of Murder. Along the way, I’ve added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to my repertoire—the common denominator being my commitment to writers and writing, no matter what my title. From Gannett, Greenspun, and Prima Games to Disney, Quayside, and F+W Media, I’ve fought the good fight for good writing and good writers. And I’ve loved every minute of it.
But now, as an agent, I have the opportunity to support talented writers in the most direct manner possible, helping my clients do good work, land great publishing deals, and build successful writing careers. So if you’re a writer as obsessed with words and stories as I am, and you’re in it for the long haul, consider working with me. My specialties include mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy, romance, YA, memoir, humor, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing.
P.S. If you write crime fiction…you should know that I’m very involved with the mystery community, having served four terms as President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as on the MWA board. (I’m currently VP of that organization.) I’ve also served as both co-chair and Agents and Editors chair on the New England Crime Bake committee for seven years and counting. And I’m an active member of Sisters in Crime.
Paula's Latest Deals
December 19, 2016 - LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan
Fiction: Thriller Cate Holahan's LIES SHE TOLD, when her husband's best friend turns up dead, only one woman can save him from the murderer, if she can remember what happened, to Matt Martz at Crooked Lane, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
December 14, 2016 - BEYOND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE by Bruce Gernon and Rob MacGregor
Non-fiction: General/Other Bruce Gernon and NYT bestselling author Rob MacGregor's BEYOND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE, an exploration complete with photos, illustrations, theories, and case studies that reveals the truth about this fabled disaster area from the lone survivor of its deadly phenomenon, to Adam Schwartz at Career Press, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
August 12, 2016 - TRUMPET OF DEATH by Cynthia Riggs
Fiction: Mystery/Crime Cynthia Riggs's TRUMPET OF DEATH, the thirteenth entry in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series featuring Victoria Trumbull, to Peter Wolverton of Minotaur, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
June 9, 2016 - CEMETERY CITY by Marie Cruz
Children's: Middle grade Marie Cruz's CEMETERY CITY, when a terrible fire takes away her father and her home, a homeless 12-year-old joins her ailing mother in Manila's North Cemetery, where the poor live in the tombs among the dead—only her mother disappears, and she must risk everything to save what little family she has left, to Diana Pho at Starscape, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World English).
June 6, 2016 - SILENT MERIDIAN by Elizabeth Crowens
International rights: UK Fiction Elizabeth Crowens's SILENT MERIDIAN, pitched as Arthur Conan Doyle meets Ghostbusters & The X Files, in which Doyle and John Patrick Scott join forces to investigate the supernatural, a journey which leads to them to a secret volume of the black arts that takes them from the dark alleys of London to the mysterious backwaters of ancient China, to Steve Emecz at MX, for publication in 2016, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
June 6, 2016 - THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET HOMES OF SHERLOCK by Richard Krevolin and John Raffensperger
International rights: UK Fiction Richard Krevolin and Dr. John Raffensperger's THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET HOMES OF SHERLOCK, in which the legendary Doctor Joseph Bell--the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes--and young protege Arthur Conan Doyle are off to America, where they must solve a series of grisly murders and thwart a band of angry, defeated Confederates plan to bring down the US government and start a second Civil War, to Steve Emecz at MX, for publication in 2016, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
February 12, 2016 - DETECTIVE JOHN BYRON by Bruce Coffin
Digital: Fiction: Mystery/Crime Former police detective sergeant Bruce Coffin's DETECTIVE JOHN BYRON Mysteries, a police procedural series set in snowy Portland, Maine, to Nick Amphlett at Witness, in a three-book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
January 7, 2016 - THE GOBLIN CROWN by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Fiction: Debut Elementary writer and co-executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe's THE GOBLIN CROWN, first of a trilogy, in which three teenagers stumble into a subterranean world ruled by goblins and ravaged by war, only to find themselves at the heart of the battle; pitched as Percy Jackson meets Macbeth—with Goblins!, to Stephanie Beard of Turner Publishing, in a three-book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.