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Lara Allen

Lara Allen - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I'm an agent and publishing professional with over fifteen years experience working for publishers and literary agencies.

Overview

I am an experienced editor with an insightful eye. I've worked across a variety of genres, having specialized in romance, pop culture non-fiction, urban fantasy and women's fiction, many of whom have gone on to be bestselling writers. My experience includes large publishing houses like HarperCollins and St. Martin's, and well-known literary agencies. I'm particularly skilled at working with an author to shape and hone their manuscript without losing an author's voice. I have been praised for my insight into plot issues and resolutions, and for recognizing an author's individual point of view and unique style of approaching their work. A lot of editorial work involves understanding how any given author thinks and approaches their work. It's more than just grammatical errors, or a formulaic approach to sentence structure. Those things are important, but must be balanced with the author's voice. That's what drives the work in the end.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Paranormal Romance Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Literary Agent

The Lotts Agency
May, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Assess and evaluate works across a variety of commercial genres for potential representation. I also edit our clients' works when necessary, draft and review publishing contracts (both here and abroad), and market our clients' works as necessary.

Freelance Editor and Ghostwriter

Various
May, 2007 – March, 2012 (almost 5 years)

Copyedited and proofread manuscripts for various small publishers and self-published authors across a variety of genres.

Provided marketing research and contractual consulting when needed.

Associate Director, Foreign Rights

Trident Media Group
March, 2007 – February, 2010 (almost 3 years)

Responsible for negotiating deals with foreign publishers for a long list of bestselling authors in the romance and pop culture genres.

Manager, Foreign Rights

HarperCollins Publishers
May, 1999 – March, 2007 (almost 8 years)

Began assisting the Director of Foreign Rights with the sales and negotiation of books in the romance, science fiction, women's fiction, and mystery genres. After several years, I was promoted to directly negotiating and selling titles in the romance, pop culture, women's fiction, and science fiction genres.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Crosstalk

Connie Willis

Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk—a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.NAMED ONE OF T... read more

Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk—a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.NAMED ONE OF T... read more

Romancing Mister Bridgerton With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons Book 4)

Julia Quinn

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn't know him at all.Colin Bridgerton ... read more

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn't know him at all.Colin Bridgerton ... read more

Landline: A Novel

Rainbow Rowell

#1 New York Times bestselling author! A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick!IF YOU GOT A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE,WOULD YOU MAKE THE SAME CALL?As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past -- all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up.And hope he picks u... read more

#1 New York Times bestselling author! A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick!IF YOU GOT A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE,WOULD YOU MAKE THE SAME CALL?As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past -- all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up.And hope he picks u... read more

Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

A #1 New York Times-bestseller Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating mon... read more

A #1 New York Times-bestseller Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating mon... read more

Size 12 Is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery (Heather Wells Mysteries)

Meg Cabot

Heather Wells Rocks!Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average... read more

Heather Wells Rocks!Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average... read more

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale [Hardcover]

Jenna Jameson (Author) Neil Strauss (Author)

Please note: This item is in PAPERBACK format! In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, a gawky, brace-faced, girl emerges as the biggest star in the history of adult movies: Jenna Jameson. But behind the glamour and glitz of her rise to fame is a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. Her intimate memoir is a shocking look into the secret world... read more

Please note: This item is in PAPERBACK format! In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, a gawky, brace-faced, girl emerges as the biggest star in the history of adult movies: Jenna Jameson. But behind the glamour and glitz of her rise to fame is a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. Her intimate memoir is a shocking look into the secret world... read more

Of Bees and Mist: A Novel

Erick Setiawan

Erick Setiawan's richly atmospheric debut is a beautiful, engrossing fable of three generations of women in two families; their destructive jealousies, their loves and losses, their sacrifices and deeply rooted deceptions, and their triumphs.Of Bees and Mist is a fable of one woman's determination to overcome the haunting magic that is created by the people she loves and the oppressive secrets... read more

Erick Setiawan's richly atmospheric debut is a beautiful, engrossing fable of three generations of women in two families; their destructive jealousies, their loves and losses, their sacrifices and deeply rooted deceptions, and their triumphs.Of Bees and Mist is a fable of one woman's determination to overcome the haunting magic that is created by the people she loves and the oppressive secrets... read more

Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel

Lia Habel

A classic romance, suspense thriller, rip-roaring adventure, and macabre comedy all at once, Dearly, Departed redefines the concept of undying love. CAN A PROPER YOUNG VICTORIAN LADY FIND TRUE LOVE IN THE ARMS OF A DASHING ZOMBIE? The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the mores of an antique era. Sixteen-year-old Nora Dearly is far more interested in her cou... read more

A classic romance, suspense thriller, rip-roaring adventure, and macabre comedy all at once, Dearly, Departed redefines the concept of undying love. CAN A PROPER YOUNG VICTORIAN LADY FIND TRUE LOVE IN THE ARMS OF A DASHING ZOMBIE? The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the mores of an antique era. Sixteen-year-old Nora Dearly is far more interested in her cou... read more

Made for Sin

Stacia Kane

Karen Marie Moning raves that Stacia Kane “delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” Now Kane introduces her most addictive antihero yet: a Las Vegas PI who makes his own luck—and embodies everything that’s oh-so-right with Sin City. A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his da... read more

Karen Marie Moning raves that Stacia Kane “delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” Now Kane introduces her most addictive antihero yet: a Las Vegas PI who makes his own luck—and embodies everything that’s oh-so-right with Sin City. A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his da... read more

BLA BLA 600 Incredibly Useless Facts: Something to Talk About When You Have Nothing Else To Say

Nicotext

Everyone needs something to blurt out during uncomfortable silences and ice-breaker moments. This fascinating handbook of hilarious, arcane and bizarre tidbits will make its bearer a hit in party conversations and trivia contests.

Everyone needs something to blurt out during uncomfortable silences and ice-breaker moments. This fascinating handbook of hilarious, arcane and bizarre tidbits will make its bearer a hit in party conversations and trivia contests.

PORNSTAR NAME BOOK

First Last

Rename your lover, or your pet, your car or the stupid person at work in the nom de plume of a pornstar! Here are the coolest names in the entire X-rated business, along with tons of fun porn and sex trivia. Read it for a laugh or get ideas for creating your own dirty nicknames. The Pornstar Name Book also contains a music CD, Porn Lounge Music, which is perfect to put you in the right mood fo... read more

Rename your lover, or your pet, your car or the stupid person at work in the nom de plume of a pornstar! Here are the coolest names in the entire X-rated business, along with tons of fun porn and sex trivia. Read it for a laugh or get ideas for creating your own dirty nicknames. The Pornstar Name Book also contains a music CD, Porn Lounge Music, which is perfect to put you in the right mood fo... read more

Confessions: Shameful Secrets Of Everyday People

NICOTEXT

Be a fly on the wall in a church confessional! These incredible, real, online admissions of people’s darkest secrets are disturbing, whimsical and hilarious. Sure to spark interesting conversations, this is the perfect therapeutic gift to share with friends and loved ones (and perhaps detested enemies, with certain confessions circled in red and I know your secret handwritten nearby).

Be a fly on the wall in a church confessional! These incredible, real, online admissions of people’s darkest secrets are disturbing, whimsical and hilarious. Sure to spark interesting conversations, this is the perfect therapeutic gift to share with friends and loved ones (and perhaps detested enemies, with certain confessions circled in red and I know your secret handwritten nearby).

Out of print.

Out of print.

Talk Nerdy to Me (The Nerd Series Book 5)

Vicki Lewis Thompson

She exploded into his life just as he was throwing in the towel…Electrical engineer Charlie Shepherd is done with Middlesex, Connecticut. After years of lingering in small town obscurity, he’s landed his dream job at Hoover Dam. But his plans are blown up by fashion model Eve Dupree and her exploding garage. She may look like she walked off a magazine cover, but the experimental hovercraft she... read more

She exploded into his life just as he was throwing in the towel…Electrical engineer Charlie Shepherd is done with Middlesex, Connecticut. After years of lingering in small town obscurity, he’s landed his dream job at Hoover Dam. But his plans are blown up by fashion model Eve Dupree and her exploding garage. She may look like she walked off a magazine cover, but the experimental hovercraft she... read more

Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas

Elijah Wald

No existe tradiciÓn mÁs mexicana que la de los corridos, las herÓicas baladas que celebran a los de abajo -- a los fugitivos y pistoleros. Al igual que las baladas de Robin Hood o de Jesse James, los corridos han sido para los pobres una manera de enaltecer a sus hÉroes. Los corridos siguen, pero sus hÉroes han cambiado: ahora son cÉlebres los narcotraficantes. Elijah Wald cuenta la fascinante... read more

No existe tradiciÓn mÁs mexicana que la de los corridos, las herÓicas baladas que celebran a los de abajo -- a los fugitivos y pistoleros. Al igual que las baladas de Robin Hood o de Jesse James, los corridos han sido para los pobres una manera de enaltecer a sus hÉroes. Los corridos siguen, pero sus hÉroes han cambiado: ahora son cÉlebres los narcotraficantes. Elijah Wald cuenta la fascinante... read more

Stupid White Men: ...And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!

Michael Moore

In the winter of 2002, Stupid White Men took America -- and the world -- by storm. Tired and skeptical of George W. Bush's high approval ating, frightened by the implications of the Enron scandal -- and generally just looking for a voice of honest dissent in the thick atmosphere of jingoism that followed 9/11 -- book buyers from coast to coast swiftly embraced Michael Moore's in-your-face anti... read more

In the winter of 2002, Stupid White Men took America -- and the world -- by storm. Tired and skeptical of George W. Bush's high approval ating, frightened by the implications of the Enron scandal -- and generally just looking for a voice of honest dissent in the thick atmosphere of jingoism that followed 9/11 -- book buyers from coast to coast swiftly embraced Michael Moore's in-your-face anti... read more

The Night Tourist

Katherine Marsh

Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth grade classics prodigy lives with father on the Yale Univerity campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed. His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City—a place Jack hasn't been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in ... read more

Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth grade classics prodigy lives with father on the Yale Univerity campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed. His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City—a place Jack hasn't been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in ... read more

Jade Island (The Donovans)

Elizabeth Lowell

Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. A casehe must take.When one of China's legendary cultural treasures isstolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, i... read more

Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. A casehe must take.When one of China's legendary cultural treasures isstolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, i... read more

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells Mysteries Book 2)

Meg Cabot

Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College—a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time deali... read more

Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College—a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time deali... read more

Traci Lords: Underneath It All

Traci Lords

The moving, gripping, and tell–all autobiography of Traci Elizabeth Lords, a former child porn queen, electronica maven, and cult movie and TV star.At 14, Nora Kuzma ran away from home and ended up on the dirty streets of Hollywood. She fell in with a fast crowd, and her dreams of modelling soon landed her a spectacular centrefold in Penthouse Magazine, where at 15 she became internationally k... read more

The moving, gripping, and tell–all autobiography of Traci Elizabeth Lords, a former child porn queen, electronica maven, and cult movie and TV star.At 14, Nora Kuzma ran away from home and ended up on the dirty streets of Hollywood. She fell in with a fast crowd, and her dreams of modelling soon landed her a spectacular centrefold in Penthouse Magazine, where at 15 she became internationally k... read more

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