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  Name:   Ms. Lori Ann Pope
Month: May 2005
Schools: Brown BA 1988
Brown MFA 1991
Organization: Writers Represent Literary Agency
Title: Principal and Founder

LORI ANN POPE is the founder of Writers Represent Literary Agency, a new agency with an eclectic roster of authors. Writers Represent carves a specific niche: nurturing the careers of writers who have "come of age" in their craft, the next generation of novelists, historians, social critics, and public intellectuals.

Lori has a thorough understanding of the book publishing process: working with authors to turn a seed of an idea into a well-crafted proposal, selecting an appropriate list of publishers, selling the book to a publisher whether individually or by auction, marketing subsidiary rights, and participation in the marketing and publicity of the finished book.

Prior to launching Writers Represent, Lori headed the literary department at Geller Media Management, Inc., where she developed book projects for television journalists and other media talent. She worked with the "Today" show's Al Roker and Ann Curry; theater, television and film critic Jeffrey Lyons, interior designer and television host Sheila Bridges, and CBS's fresh grocer, Tony Tantillo.

She honed her representation skills and knowledge of the publishing industry at the well-respected Faith Childs Literary Agency, Inc. The roster of clients at the Faith Childs Literary Agency, Inc., provided Lori with a wide exposure to fiction and nonfiction book projects. Clients at FCLA, Inc. included style maven Lloyd Boston, Sheila Bridges, bestselling novelist Benilde Little, James Alan McPherson, mystery author Valerie Wilson Wesley, the late Ralph Wiley, and novelist Michael Zadoorian, among others.

Lori has experience on the editorial, marketing, and academic sides of the business as well. She has worked at the Smithsonian Press, Business Week, Premiere, and as a consultant for the Radcliffe Publishing Course before crossing over into the world of literary representation. A solid writer and editor, one of Lori's strengths is working with authors to edit and revise their novels and book proposals before submission to publishers.

Lori received from Brown University a Bachelors in Semiotics as well as a Masters in English and Creative Writing. She completed the Radcliffe College Publishing Course (now known as the Columbia Journalism Publishing Program).

A Denver native, Lori now considers New York her home. Committed to fostering reading and creative writing among children and teens, she has participated in a one-on-one reading program in the NYC public schools, has volunteered to teach creative writing classes at community centers, and sends the complimentary books she receives to women's shelters.

Lori works from her Harlem-based office in New York: 1925 Seventh Avenue 4K, New York, NY 10026-2231 212.531.2220 (phone) 646.619.4022 (fax)



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