Note to Literary Agents Who Might be Considering Representing Me:
When I more recently resumed writing, I perceived (through attempts to contact it without success) that the James Brown Agency, like the Curtis Books publisher for the Frank Arrow book series, seems no longer to be around. Perhaps it is also in demise. Therefore, though I have not been very active in pursuing new representation for my work, I feel the time is now right for me to do so. So, if you are a reputable established literary agency and would be interested in representing me, the type of representation I am looking for is an agency which operates with perseverance and ambition for its clients and with enthusiasm and faith in the authors it chooses as clients.
I might add that my first Arrow book did attract and receive a three-month film option in five figures for story rights, though the option was not picked up.
Also, it should be added that The Death List of Rico Scalisi was published in the Netherlands and printed in Dutch as De Dodenlist van Rico Scalisi. The purchase for publication of the book in the Netherlands was by a paperback publisher named Bruna & Zoons. That book is no longer in print there and the rights have reverted to me. But, surprisingly, used copies of it are still available for purchase on the internet.
I should also state that I presently claim and hold all copyrights to all of my literary rights, in full.
Past Literary Agency Representation
I was originally represented by the venerable and prestigious James Brown Agency for the Arrow series. The Brown agency, a member of the then selectively elite Society of Authors' Representatives, brought the first Arrow book (Wine, Women...and Death) to editor Pat O'Connor of Curtis Books in the early '70s. He bought it immediately. The James Brown agency enthusiastically congratulated me on the sale of the book, particularly because, through correspondence with the agency, I was told at the time that Mr. O'Connor was generally regarded as "the dean of the hard-boiled detective" genre. Mr. Brown of the James Brown agency representing me was coincidentally also a fan of this thriller-type genre. This I learned from a member of his staff with whom I worked while I was writing five more Arrow books for Mr. O'Connor. The additional books were purchased through an advance against royalties by Mr. O'Connor, who saw the Arrow books as the beginning of an exciting major new series. He wanted to wait until he had six Arrow books before putting them into print and on sale at retail book shelves in the mass market. Unfortunately, the demise of the Curtis Books paperback operation ended that happy hope. I, of course, was devastated and took a long hiatus from writing. During this hiatus, the rights to my books were remanded to me through the Brown agency, according to a contractual stipulation the agency had inserted into the terms of the purchase of each of the books sold to Curtis. The stipulation was that the book rights, in entirety, be returned to me after a period of three years with no print and publication by Curtis paperback, which of course was no longer operating. After a long period of time had passed and I had recovered from my disappointment, I began to write again, completing a very long project with the title Obsolete Sins. This book is not an Arrow book and though I have completed it, I continue to edit and revise it, as it is a book which I consider a serious piece of work which makes an important statement about life and the actuality that what is right versus what is wrong may change, in part or in whole, over any particular period of time, past, present and in the future. In consideration of my continuing to work on the book, therefore, I should more correctly describe it as completed in draft, but not in a form that could be called final completion.