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
May 14, 2014 - The Fisherman by Vaughn Hardacker
Sniper author Vaughn Hardacker's The Fisherman, the second in the series featuring Boston homicide detectives, to Jay Cassell at Skyhorse, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
May 2, 2014 - Disintegration by Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas's Disintegration, the tale about a hit man working in the meanest streets of Chicago whose crooked path to redemption is as unlikely as it is dark, pitched as Falling Down meets Dexter, to Dana Isaacson of Alibi, in a two-book deal, by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
December 16, 2013 - Life's a Bark by Larry Kay
Dog expert and author Larry Kay's Life's a Bark : What Dogs Teach Us about Life and Love, a celebration of the human-animal bond in words and pictures, to Stephanie Bowen at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
December 16, 2013 - Death Dealer by Kate Flora
Non-fiction: True crime
Kate Flora's Death Dealer, the true story of the U.S. game wardens and cadaver dogs that help bring a serial killer along the US/Canada border to justice, to Joan Dunphy of New Horizon Press, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
November 26, 2013 - Poison Ivy by Cynthia Riggs
Cynthia Riggs's Poison Ivy, the next in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series featuring Victoria Trumbull, to Toni Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, in a two book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services (NA).
November 20, 2013 - Hot Dogs & Croissants by Natasha and VictorineSaulnier
Natasha and Victorine Saulnier's Hot Dogs & Croissants: The Culinary Misadventures of the French Sisters Who Moved to America, Got Fat, Got Skinny(Again), and Mastered Eating Well in the USA- With Recipes, a foodie memoir pitched as French Women Don't Get Fat meets The American Way of Eating, to Kristin Kulsavage at Skyhorse, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
November 19, 2013 - Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
Kim van Alkemade's Orphan #8, about an orphan subjected to experimental X-ray treatments who escapes to make a new life for herself, only to face her tormentor years later, inspired by the real-life Hebrew Orphan Asylum of Manhattan, to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.
May 28, 2013 - Dying For Attention by James Shannon
James Shannon's debut Dying For Attention, in which a down-and-out former Boston TV reporter takes a job as a substitute teacher at a South Shore high school - and finds himself the unwitting BFF of a serial killer targeting students and faculty, to Tiffany Schofield of Five Star, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
May 24, 2013 - Sniper by Vaughn Hardacker
Vaughn Hardacker's Sniper, pitched as Jesse Stone Meets Stephen Hunter, in which a Boston homicide detective's investigation of a sniper attack on Boston Common draws the former Marine sniper into a cat-and-mouse game with the killer that takes him from the streets of Boston to a remote island off the coast of Maine for a final deadly showdown, to Jay Cassell at Skyhorse, in a nice deal, for publication in February 2014, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).
May 24, 2013 - The Body Language Of Liars by Lillian Glass
Author of Toxic People and body language expert Lillian Glass, PhD's The Body Language Of Liars: From Little White Lies to Pathological Deception - How to See Through the Fibs, Frauds, and Falsehoods People Tell You Every Day, revealing the same quick and easy approach she uses to unmask signals of deception -- from "innocent" little white lies to life-changing whoppers -- using photos of celebs to help readers identify the liars in their own lives, to Adam Schwartz at Career Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2013, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch
October 15, 2012 - The Registry by Shannon Stoker
Shannon Stoker's "new adult" debut The Registry, set in a United States in which girls are breeders and the prettiest girls go to the highest bidders -- telling the story of the one young woman who refuses to play by those rules, to Amanda Bergeron for William Morrow, in a six-figure deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2013, with books two and three to follow in 2014, by Paula Munier in her first deal as an agent, at Talcott Notch Literary Services