Welcome Elaine P. English, Washington, D.C. attorney and literary agent. As an attorney, for more than twenty years she has focused her practice on literary, media and entertainment law, with a special emphasis on publishing. Her clients include writers and journalists and also a few small publishing companies, as well as some photographers, and television and video production companies. In addition, she represents authors of commercial fiction as a literary agent. For further information, see her website .
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started.
Well, I guess really it all started when I was, I think, in sixth grade and read Jane Eyre. By the end I was crying so hard, I could barely read the words on the page. At that point, I knew I was hooked.
But frankly, at that time, I wasn't aware of either literary agents or attorneys. It would take many years and starts at several other careers before I would get to that. I went to law school to prove to myself that I could, and upon graduation, I worked for several years for a public interest organization helping reporters. When an opportunity arose to join a small firm, I interviewed hoping to work with the partner who handled employment discrimination cases, but alas, it was the partner who was a literary agent and an attorney specializing in publishing matters who had the opening. My initial forays into agenting were less than successful, and I swore off that part of the business for a number of years. But about seven years ago, I had a change of heart and started representing commercial fiction - mainly women's fiction, romance, and mysteries. [Read more...]