Friday, December 26, 2008

Peter Miller - Literary Manager

The Literary Lion, Peter Miller
The Literary Lion, Peter Miller

Known as "The Literary Lion," Peter Miller has been an extraordinarily active literary and film manager for more than thirty years. He is President of PMA Literary and Film Management, Inc. and Millennium Lion, Inc.; he and his company have successfully managed more than 1,000 books worldwide, as well as dozens of motion picture and television properties. These works include eleven New York Times Bestsellers, and eleven produced films that Miller has managed or executive produced. Three of those films have been nominated for Emmy Awards: Goodbye, Miss Fourth of July (The Disney Channel, with four nominations); A Gift of Love (Showtime, two nominations); and Helter Skelter (CBS, one nomination). In addition, Miller has a number of film and television projects currently in active development, with some nearing production, in association with Warner Bros. Features, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks, and many other producers and production companies.

Peter Miller spends most of his time in New York or Los Angeles, but he also frequently tours the country to speak at writers' conferences and workshops. He regularly attends publishing gatherings such the BookExpo America Convention and the Frankfurt Book Fair, as well as various film festivals including those at Cannes, East Hampton, and Sundance.



How long have you been agent and how did you get your start Peter?


ANSWER:  I started working as a literary agency in the fall of 1972 and founded Writer's House, Inc. with Al Zuckerman and then formed The Peter Miller Agency in 1974, and then The Peter Miller, Agency, Inc. in 1982 and the PMA Literary and Film Management, Inc. in 1992 when I also founded Millennium Lion, Inc. (my film production company) and I also co-own The Story Plant  ( with veteran author and publisher, Lou Aronica.

What makes your agency different than any others?

ANSWER:  We are a mgt. co. that specializes in long-term relationships with authors that write cutting edge fiction and non-fiction with global marketing potential and well and motion picture and TV production potential. NOTE:  Attached recent press releases.

What are you looking for specifically that you wish you would see more of?

ANSWER:  WE look for authors who not only are great writers but are willing to promote their work and who also understand the enormous sea changes in the industry.  It used to be 75% about how good the book was and 25% about the marketing but now it is 75% about the marketing and 25% how good to book is.  I am developing a large library of Transformational information presently.

Peter what are you tired of receiving?

ANSWER:  I am only taking on major clients with platforms so I am tried of seeing run of the mill novels by wanna be authors and non fiction book proposals that should be magazine article.


How can a new writer get your attention in a good way?

ANSWER:    It always begins with a terrific pitch letter and a great idea vs. the God given talent that is necessary to get published today.

How can a signed writer stay in your radar without driving you insane?

ANSWER:  The authors that make the most money and have the most fun are the ones that let me do my job.  Clients sometimes forget that if we don't place their book(s) my company doesn't earn any money.  I will not allow any author to annoy my staff or me and if they do I ask them to find another representation.  We are blessed with a stable of talented authors and I will only grow my companies with winners and not losers,

What do you wish more writers understood about you as an agent Peter that they don't seem to?

ANSWER:  I am not an agent but a manager because I also produce film and television productions.  We are only taking on major clients and we prefer clients to projects.  However, I would not turn down the opportunity to man age Angelina Jolie's autobiography.

What's the best way for a writer to reach you?

ANSWER:  visit our website;  my email address is