2018 Presenter Profile:
By Paul Davis
Posted on 7/9/2018
As a military brat, agent Paula Munier grew up everywhere: Georgia, Germany, Oklahoma, Ohio. Her childhood was a blur of Army bases, foreign countries, and Mayflower moving vans.
But she wasn't unhappy. She had an adoring mother—and books.
“My mom turned to reading for solace and solitude, for entertainment and enlightenment—and I learned to do the same.”
She read everything: Nancy Drew, the encyclopedia, Desmond Morris’s The Naked Ape. And she wrote hundreds of letters to the families and friends she was forever leaving. Her father wanted her to be a helicopter pilot, but a nun in a New Orleans high school said she should write.
Munier heeded her teacher's advice. She sold her first magazine article to Cosmo for $50; worked as a reporter for various newspapers; wrote a YA novel for HarperCollins; edited a business magazine; worked for Prima Publishing, later acquired by Random House; and wrote a second book—On Being Blonde—in a month.
In 2012, she joined Talcott Notch Literary Services as a senior agent and content strategist.
“Being an agent calls upon all of my experience and expertise in writing, editing and publishing,” she says. “Most important, it allows me to do what I love best, helping writers realize their dreams of being published and building their careers.”