Paul Lucas joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2007. He started in the legal department and began representing authors in 2011 and is now eagerly expanding his list. He is looking for literary, commercial, and genre fiction (specifically science fiction, fantasy, and horror), with a nod to the literary. He also loves narrative nonfiction, history, biography, business, political, and popular science. Clients include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robert Baer, Richard Phillips, Matthew Mather, and John Burley. He is not looking for, and does not represent, picture books, women’s fiction, cookbooks, screen or stage plays, poetry, memoir, or inspirational. When in doubt, feel free to query him at
with the synopsis and first ten pages in the body of the e-mail.
During the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference, Paul will sit on Sunday's "Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: 'Agents and Editors'" and serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, which provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for attendees who register for the Manuscript Mart.
What’s the last book you bought for someone else?
I bought a literary magazine filled with images and recipes from Japan. I also sent a copy of American Gun to my dad.
Where’s your favorite place in North Carolina?
I’ve only been to Raleigh and Greensboro. In my imagination, I think the Blue Ridge Mountains or Outer Banks is for me.
Why do you write?
Because e-mail never ends. I leave books to the pros.
What book would you take with you to a desert island, if you could take only one?
Lord of The Rings bound trilogy. Or perhaps a survival guide would be more useful.
What advice would you give someone just about to go on stage to read their work for the first time?
Make sure you’ve read it aloud previously, preferably in front of friends/family. You should be your work’s best performer (until someone produces an audiobook).
What is the ideal time limit when someone is reading from their work?
Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
I was joking above but I really do write e-mails, not books.
Do you think some books should be banned from schools?
Of course, but they’re not Lee, Joyce, or Miller. There’s no reason for a school district to spend money on something that actively teaches hate or intolerance.
What was the first thing you ever published?
The world shall have to wait for that.
If you could be a different author, living or dead, who would you be?
Do you read literary journals? What are some of your favorites?
Tin House, One Story, and Granta are fantastic. There are many many more.
If you could have a torrid but guilt-free affair with a fictional character, which one would it be?
My girlfriend is on the faculty as well so…no comment.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference is now open.