about us the la literary agency
The LA Literary Agency We represent a wide range of authors, many with interesting day jobs -- athletes, actors, musicians, lawyers, parents, academics, chefs, food experts, physicians, journalists. The Agency handles literary and commercial fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of biography, autobiography, sports, adventure, cooking, science, history, health, and lifestyle. What are we looking for? At the top of our nonfiction list is narrative nonfiction, or storytelling. Fiction is both easier and harder to define. Like everyone in publishing, we long for compelling, beautifully-written novels. They can be historical, contemporary, literary, commercial, mystery, or suspense.
Eric Lasher I’ve been a writer, magazine editor, book editor, publisher, and broadcast executive—positions that have enabled me to live in New York, Washington, Berlin, Mallorca, and Los Angeles. After majoring in history at Trinity College, I returned home to New York and my first job -- editor at Sport magazine, where I worked with writers such as Jimmy Breslin, Dick Schaap, and Dave Anderson. Next I moved to This Week magazine, the Sunday newspaper supplement that appeared in the nation’s 43 largest cities. I wrote cover stories on President Richard Nixon, Darryl F. Zanuck, Nikita Khrushchev, and Audrey Hepburn. I then joined National Geographic in Washington, D.C. as a writer. Eventually I returned to New York as Senior Editor of general interest books at Prentice Hall. Following that I contracted to write a book on World War II (ultimately made into an HBO movie.) I first moved to Berlin for research, to Mallorca to write, and back to New York. The book was put on hold when I became an Executive on the Corporate Staff of CBS, reporting directly to Dr. Frank Stanton, then the President of CBS. The time with Dr. Stanton as he ran CBS was extraordinary. From the first day, I knew that this was the best job I ever would have. After Dr. Stanton retired, I moved to Los Angeles to be CEO of Nash Publishing, then the largest general book publisher west of Chicago, now merged into extinction.
Maureen Lasher Following my graduation from Brown University with a concentration in history, I moved to New York and got my first publishing job at Prentice Hall. I began as an advertising copywriter and eventually was part of a team of three, supervising a staff of 26. The company was based in New Jersey and for five years I commuted from Manhattan. When I was offered a position at Random House, which was within walking distance from my apartment, I took it. As Associate Manager of Advertising, I marketed Random House titles to schools, colleges, and libraries. Next, I was Director of Advertising and Publicity for Liveright, a literary publisher with a remarkable history and backlist. They were the first to publish Sigmund Freud, e.e. cummings, Ezra Pound, William Faulkner. Today Liveright is an imprint of W.W. Norton, one of the few remaining independent publishers. After marriage and a baby, I moved to Los Angeles with my husband, Eric, who was CEO of Nash Publishing. From Los Angeles, we launched an independent publishing imprint with Houghton Mifflin. The imprint focused on commercial fiction (several were New York Times best sellers) and a travel guide series that grew to over twenty titles. During that time, we were reading many excellent manuscripts that didn’t fit the profile of our imprint. This led to the creation of The LA Literary Agency.
You can read more about us in the 2015 edition of Jeff Herman's Guide to Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents (pages 387-391).