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Richard Curtis (literary agent)

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Richard Curtis
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Literary agent, authors' advocate
Notable work‘Agent's Corner’ Column, ‘Publishing in the 21st Century’
TitleFounder of E-Reads.com
🌐 Websitewww.curtisagency.com

Richard Curtis, President and CEO of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is a New York literary agent, authors' advocate[1][2], and author of dozens of works of fiction and nonfiction, including several books about the publishing industry. From 1980 to 1992, he had a regular column in the science fiction industry professional fanzine Locus, "Agent's Corner".[3] He has also written a number of plays including The Tutu Trilogy and Quiet Enjoyment, both produced off-off Broadway.

Curtis served as the first president of the Independent Literary Agents Association and president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. He enjoyed a long and active relationship with the Science Fiction Writers of America, including fifteen years serving as an agent for the organization. In 1994, Curtis was named recipient of the Romance Writers of America Industry Award for Distinguished Service to Authors. He has lectured extensively and conducted panels and seminars on raising consciousness in the author and agent community about the future of publishing.

In 1999, his visionary ideas about emerging media and technology led him to found E-Reads, one of the earliest commercial e-book publishers in the English language.[4] The company was sold early 2014 to Open Road Media. On the ereads.com website, he wrote a blog commenting on the Digital Revolution, "Publishing in the 21st Century", and offered observations about both the creative and disruptive effects that digital technology would have on book publishing including the ability of authors to become their own publishers. He has commented publicly on the Amazon.com's practice of offering publishing deals directly to authors, bypassing mainstream book publishing companies.[5]


  • So Much to Live For (with Althea Gibson), Putnam (1968)
  • The Genial Idiots, Crowell-Collier (1968)
  • Chiang Kai-Shek, Hawthorn Books (1969)
  • Perils of the Peaceful Atom (with Elizabeth Hogan), Doubleday (1969)
  • To Walk the Streets Safely (with Congressman James Scheuer), Doubleday (1969)
  • The Case for Extinction (illustrated by Mike Witte), Dial Press (1970)
  • The Life of Malcolm X, Macrae Smith (1971)
  • Ralph Nader’s Crusade, Macrae Smith (1972)
  • Doing My Own Time (with Richard Shoblad), Doubleday (1972)
  • Not Exactly a Crime: Our Vice Presidents from Adams to Agnew (with Maggie Wells), Dial Press (1972)
  • The Touch Team (under the pen name Ray Lilly), Dell (1971). Reissued as The Sunday Alibi, Manor (1972)
  • The Runaway Bus Mystery (with Irwin Touster), Dial Press (1972)
  • The Perez Arson Mystery (with Irwin Touster), Dial Press (1972)
  • What Your House Tells About You (with Virginia Frankel),Trident Press (1972)
  • I’m Sorry, the Monopoly You Have Reached Is Not In Service (Under pen name K Aubrey Stone), Ballantine (1973)
  • The Berrigan Brothers, Hawthorn Books (1974)
  • The Gravy Train Hit (under the pen name Curtis Stevens), Dell (1974)
  • Squirm, Ace (1976)
  • How to Prosper in the Coming Apocalypse (illustrated by Mike Witte), St Martins Press (1980)
  • Beyond the Bestseller: A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business - New American Library (1989)[6]
  • Mastering the Business of Writing, Allworth Press (1996)
  • This Business of Publishing, Allworth Press (1998)
  • How to Get Your E-Book Published: An Insider's Guide to the World of Electronic Publishing, F&W Publications (2002)
  • How To Be Your Own Literary Agent Houghton Mifflin, (1983, 1984, 1996)[7] Revised 3rd Edition, Mariner Books (2003)
  • Strike Zone, Open Road Media (2014)
  • The $3 Million Turnover,  Open Road Media (2014)
  • Death in the Crease, Open Road Media (2014)
  • The Suicide Squad, Open Road Media (2014)
  • The Client from Hell, Open Road Media (2017)

See also[edit]

  • Jane Friedman, founder of Open Roads Media which E-Reads merged with


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  2. "And a Competition to Save the Planet". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Mungo, Ray (July 25, 1989). "Between the pages in publishing". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-19". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Open Road Media Buys eBook Distributor E-Reads". The Digital Reader. 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  5. Streitfeld, David (2011-10-16). "Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  6. "Nonfiction Book Review: Beyond the Bestseller by Richard Curtis, Author Plume Books $9.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-452-26432-8". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  7. Curtis, Richard (1995). How to be your own literary agent : the business of getting a book published. Internet Archive. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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