This week's Agent Spotlight features Jason Anthony of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “JASON ANTHONY (agent) is a former film executive who joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin after a three-year affiliation with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. As a film executive, Anthony worked for the Disney, MGM and Sony Pictures studios and ran the New York offices of Spider-Man producer Laura Ziskin and Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. In his ten-year career in film, Anthony specialized in developing film and TV properties from books. Before becoming a literary agent in 2004, he worked in London as a film consultant for the TBWA/Chiat-Day advertising agency and originated the popular ‘Hollywood Reader’ column for Publishers Weekly, the industry's most influential trade magazine. Anthony graduated from Columbia University in 1993 with a B.A. in film and is the co-author of five published books. He specializes in young adult and commercial fiction and most areas of non-fiction, including pop culture, memoir, true crime, and general psychology.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“LIPPINCOTT MASSIE McQUILKIN is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and non-fiction of quality to the largest possible audience. We work closely with our clients at every stage of a project’s development, submission, and placement—staying involved in all issues of design, publicity and sales, long after the ink has dried on a contract, to ensure that the author’s needs are being met by his or her publisher.” (Link)
What He's Looking For:
“He specializes in young adult and commercial fiction and most areas of non-fiction, including pop culture, memoir, true crime, and general psychology.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays; otherwise unknown.
Unknown, though the agency prides itself on being involved in “every stage of a project’s development” and I’ve seen mention of client revision.
A list of clients is available on the LMQ website.
Mr. Anthony’s clients include: Craig Bridger, Rebecca Dana, T.M. Goeglein, Kristin Hersh, Jesse Karp, Lish McBride, Roberta Marie Munroe, Rodney Peet, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Joanna Wiebe, Jen Violi, among others.
There are lists of recent deals on the LMQ website.
As of this posting, Mr. Anthony is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 1 deal in the past 12 months, 3 six-figure+ deals, and 20 overall. Recent deals include 1 young adult.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query to the group e-mail address provided on the website.
“Be sure to include a brief description of the book project you would like to submit to the agency, as well as any personal or professional information that may be relevant (for instance any awards you have won, regular media appearances you make, and/or professional or academic affiliations you may have), and specify which agent you would like to review your project.”
See the LMQ website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Mr. Anthony usually responds within hours to a few days to queries, days to a few weeks to requested material.
What's the Buzz?
There isn’t a lot of extra information about Jason Anthony and his tastes online aside from what’s on the LMQ website. He first became a literary agent when he joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an agent in 2005, and moved to Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in 2008. His clients seem settled, and he has many confirmed sales. Past YA sales have included dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary, so he seems open to genre YA.
Worth Your Time:
None I could find online.
Around the Web:
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin on P&E ($, recommended).
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin thread on AbsoluteWrite.
Please see the Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 9/22/11.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.
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