Richard Curtis, president of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is a leading New York literary agent and a well known author advocate. His agency currently represents close to 150 authors in commercial fiction, romance, westerns, thrillers, science fiction, mystery and fantasy, all areas of non-fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade children’s books.
A longstanding interest in emerging media and technology helped Curtis anticipate the major shifts in publishing and multimedia that have occurred in the twenty-first century. His role as an acknowledged visionary has included lecturing extensively and conducting panels and seminars devoted to raising consciousness in the author and agent community about the future of communications and the role of publishing.
Curtis was the first president of the Independent Literary Agents Association and subsequently president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. His company served for over a decade as agency for the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served on the editorial advisory board of Writers Digest and on the Publishing Master of Science advisory board at Pace University. He is a recipient of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Industry Award for Distinguished Service to Authors.
In the 1980’s, he took his author advocacy to a national level with a regular column for the science fiction writers’ newsletter Locus that addressed significant issues. This was then syndicated to a number of other organization publications, including those for romance and western writers. The articles spawned several books, including How to Be Your Own Literary Agent, Beyond the Bestseller, Mastering the Business of Writing, This Business of Publishing, and The Client From Hell, a collection of book industry satires.
Late in 1998, Richard Curtis announced the formation of E-Reads, a publisher dedicated to reissuing, in e-book and print formats, previously published books in such popular categories as romance, fantasy and science fiction, and thrillers. The company commenced operation in 1999 and is the oldest independent e-book publisher and the first to be founded by a literary agent. It lists over 1200 previously published titles, many classics in their fields. E-Reads has established strategic alliances with all major distributors, including amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram Book Company.
As a byproduct of his e-book activities, Curtis collaborated with a programmer to create the Royalty Tracker, a program designed to quickly convert the copious amount of royalty information generated by numerous e-book vendors into simple royalty statements.