About

Toni Lopopolo

01toniLiterary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, has a book publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity dept of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.

She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and visited almost every major library in the USA. Then Houghton Mlfflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.  When Macmillan presented Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet and Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits.

St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse, so Toni became Executive Editor there from 1981 to 1990 and published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray and many more titles.

In l991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management. She has since  sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette BakerLarry Seeley, and several others. Toni relocated her company to Santa Barbara, California in 2011.

Toni is also known for her Fiction Bootcamp workshops where she uses a unique method that helps first-time novelists to master the skills needed to successfully write book-length fiction, and she aids nonfiction writers to produce compelling narrative nonfiction, using fiction techniques.  Toni has held workshops at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and at the Writer’s Room of Bucks County, PA. as well for the Ventura County Writers Club in California.  Toni is also noted for her very popular lecture: The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelist Make.

Theo Tiffney, Assistant

theotiffneyTheo Tiffney graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014 with a BA in Biology and a minor in History. She has published one novel and has worked with Toni Lopopolo Literary Management since 2013. She’s interested in representing Young Adult and New Adult, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, particularly Steampunk. She’s also interested in Historical Fiction. In all of these, strong female protagonists are a huge plus.

Theo lives with two exceedingly tolerant housemates and two ill-behaved cats on a very small farm. I like caramel, hedgehogs, woodworking, and cooking. The rest of the time, I spend writing, researching, or herding my collection of action figures off my desk.

 Lisa Angle, Website and Social Media

lisa angleWhen Toni sends a manuscript to an editor she knows that if they like the writing they will Google the author to find out if the writer shows up as a presence onlie. That’s why Toni advises her clients to build their author platform before she contacts editors. If the author needs a website or help with social media, Toni recommends media expert Lisa Angle.

Lisa Angle of Ninety Degrees Media is the ‘right Angle’ to help promote authors and books, including websites, video, and social media. She earned a master’s degree in Computer Based Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While in SLO she served two terms as President of NightWriters and taught creative writing at Cuesta College. Lisa won First Prize in a CWC short story contest and Honorable Mention in Byline magazine’s First Chapter of Novel Contest. Writers Digest choose her website Angle on Writing as one of the 101 Best Sites for Writers in 2005. Currently she co-produces the talk show Literary Gumbo with host Fred Klein.

What Susan’s Clients Say:

“…With Susan Setteducato I hit the jackpot…I was overwhelmed by the extent of her comments, suggestions and scholarship. I feel like I have completed a marvelous course in fiction writing.” – Peter Ricci, Author of Florentine Gold

“Susan is a gifted editor. She’s also patient. She took my book and turned it into a marketable product.  Susan gave invaluable advice far in excess of her charges.” –  Marie Cameron, Author of Re-booting Your Life

“Susan pointed out the problems with my novel and suggested ways to correct them. Her experience and professional approach made things clear. She will be the Editor of choice for all my writing.” – Linda Mulhern, Author of Raven’s Daughter

“Susan is my secret weapon. I have both my work and freelance writing edited by her. She not only corrects my spelling and grammar, but also tells me when I’m not being clear. Writing is a labor of love, but you need someone to hold your hand during delivery. That’s where Susan comes in.”  – Carrie Collins-Fadell, Freelnce writer

Ten Mistakes by Toni Lopopolo