WelcomeToni Lopopolo Literary Management was founded in 1991 by Toni Lopopolo who boasts an impressive 30+ years  in the book publishing business.  This former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press,   combines her many years  in publishing  with her unique editing skills to provide a full service literary agency  to new and seasoned authors.

Fiction and Nonfiction Writing Workshops


Toni Lopopolo Literary Management partners with authors for the duration of their literary careers and includes development of fiction projects, creation of nonfiction book proposals, and editing when needed.  Toni has helped bring many first-time and published authors to print including Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette BakerLarry Seeley, Shelly Lowenkopf, Robin Winter, Ehrich Van Lowe, Manuel Ramos, and many others. Publishers include St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Dell, HarperCollins, Kensington, and many others.

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management provides a high level of service by limiting the number of clients represented but always searching for select new talent and established authors who seek a more personalized relationship with an agent.

For writers seeking workshops, read more about Toni’s Fiction Boot Camp.

To book a lecture, read more about Toni’s popular seminar entitled “The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelist Make.”

NewsIn the news…

Memoir tips: Try to earn a review like this:
Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage by Eleanor Henderson
“It is a confusing time to be a woman who loves a troubled man,” Henderson writes in this unflinching memoir of her husband’s long and and confounding illness. She tells their story with a novelist’s eye for detail and the honesty of a trusted friend.

Shelly Lowenkopf writing under the name Craig Barstow


“Everything the judges said about my writing I have you, your workshop, to thank for. I have a long way to go but with your teaching, the comments from all the writers in our group, I’m confident I’m headed in the right direction.” – Eva Gehn, recipient of the 2020 Most Promising award for Young Adult novels from the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators

Listen to Toni on “talkingbooksTalking Book Publishing with Kathleen Kaiser.”

I tear up that awful first draft and start again — and that’s when things start to click.

I’m about to buy, own, read, and mark up these new books

7 Essential Guidelines for Writing in First Person

Listen to Toni’s “Wired for Story” talk at the recent 805 Writers’ Conference.

‘Show, don’t tell’: Examples from books balancing both

ptah-hotep-quote“There are cases where driving up in your own car would mean giving a gang of lunatic thugs your home address. Next thing you know, your cat’s been tied to a brick, set on fire and thrown through your window.” – from The Trespasser by Tana French. Read the review in The New York Times.

“Crime and grit: A retrospective collection from the don of Chicano noir” by Michelle Newby Lancaster (March 21, 2016)

Avoid this in your writing: “Nonfictional details bring the novel authenticity, often at the expense of character development or narrative cohesion.” – Kirkus Reviews, At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Manuel Ramos interviewed about his books and writing by Andrea Dukakis for Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio.

“Make Your Hero Suffer” By Steven Pressfield, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

Writing Tips: James Lee Burke

A new anthology, Borderland Noir, includes”No Hablo Inglés” by Manuel Ramos

How to Write a One Sentence Pitch

Learning the Craft By Steven Pressfield

Mark Stevens did a Q&A with Manuel Ramos and a review of his short story collection.

Author Robin Winter to Read at Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara, April 28th – Her Novel Focuses on Isla Vista – and the Mysterious

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“The Good News and the Bad” essay on getting published By Shelly Lowenkopf

5 Tips for Writing a Memoir

How to Eliminate “To-Be” Verbs in Writing

The Terrible Twenty Words Not to Use

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Five Writing Tips From Jane Smiley

Elmore Leonard’s opening lines. What’s your reaction?