Lee Sobel Literary Agency
2021 SALES BY LEE SOBEL LITERARY AGENCY:
UNDER THEIR THUMB: How a Nice Boy
from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It)
by Bill German (Backbeat Books)
THE TOUGH GUY: Lawrence Tierney’s Hollywood Rampage From Dillinger to Tarantino by Burt Kearns
(University Press of Kentucky)
CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY: Before, During
and After JAMES BOND by Herbie J Pilato (University Press of Kentucky)
50 YEARS OF FEAR: The Legacy of
The Exorcist by Nat Segaloff (Kensington)
THE LIFE OF BETTY BOOP
by Peter Benjaminson (Rowman & Littlefield)
WHEN ROCK MET DISCO by Steven Blush
(Rowman & Littlefield)
ONE TOUGH DAME: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg by Herbie J Pilato
(University Press of Mississippi)
JESSICA LANGE: American Horror Story
and Beyond by Anthony Uzarowski
(University Press of Kentucky)
LUCAS/SPIELBERG – THE DIRECTORS’ CUT
by Herbie J Pilato
(University Press of Kentucky)
LAUREN BACALL: The Queen of Cool
by Anthony Uzarowski
(University Press of Mississippi))
FRIENDS OF DOROTHY: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Icons by Anthony Uzarowski
THE RAMONES AND THE MAKING OF ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL by Stephen B. Armstrong (Backbeat Books)
Praise for Lee Sobel Literary Agency:
"Lee is highly dedicated to his clients and he has enormous energy. He works tirelessly to make his clients
and their books successful."
- Author Laura Davis-Chanin
"Lee Sobel is an amazingly creative, intelligent and resourceful agent. I've worked with at least four other agents during my eight-book writing career,
but Lee tops them all by a long shot."
- Author Peter Benjaminson
"Lee Sobel is an outstanding literary agent and shows tremendous respect
and support for his clients that is in
a class by itself. If you want a
literary agent with an unmatched love for what he does -- he is your guy! I have only positive things to say about working with Lee." - Author Herbie J Pilato
"Lee Sobel is as kind and supportive as he is shrewd. He helps clients shape their book proposals and secures deals with first-rate publishers, maintaining the highest standards of professionalism
at all times. He's the best."
-- Author Stephen B. Armstrong
"Lee Sobel sold my proposal faster than it will take someone to read the book. My accountant and I are equally impressed." - Author Nat Segaloff
"All the deals we’ve done have been refreshingly straightforward and if you get to meet him in person, I guarantee you’ll have a blast. I can’t recommend working with Lee highly enough!" - Book Editor David Barraclough
"Lee is a Renaissance man---truly creative and knowledgeable, great taste,
enthusiastic and driven. It's great to work with someone who has his passion."
- Book Editor Bernadette Malavarca
“Within three months of opening conversations initiated by agent Lee Sobel,
I had a new book deal. The endorsement speaks for itself.”
— Author Steven Blush
“If you are looking for an agent who will champion your work and fight for you, Lee is your man! I’ve worked with agents both in the US and UK, and I never encountered one whose passion, energy and savviness came anywhere close to Lee’s. His enthusiasm and belief in my ideas and my ability as a writer gave me a huge boost, and I will be forever grateful to Lee for letting me realize my long-term passion projects.”
- Author Anthony Uzarowski
Hello! My name is Lee Sobel and I am a literary agent. I am the son of a literary agent and grew up in the New York publishing world. I have books in my blood! It's been my joy to bring a number of great books into the world!
I have had a rich and varied career working in the movie business and being involved in numerous entrepreneurial enterprises -- I like to think that everything I have done in my life was great preparation for agenting. I started out at age 13 publishing my own sci-fi fanzines and making super 8mm films. I am a graduate of NYU's renowned film school, where my thesis film, a 1940s set parody of movie serials and film noir, Rick Blazen Is In Trouble, was winner of the 1985 Cinemagic Short Film Search award and was excerpted on a home video release, The Fangoria Weekend of Horrors.
I went to work for famed New York television producer Robert Hami as director of development, where I scouted books and screenplays and made contacts in the book publishing world that would serve me well later when I began agenting books. I then moved out to Los Angeles where I worked in the same capacity for producer Nelle Nugent. I believe that my working with writers on movie projects was great training for understanding the development process and this bore fruit when I started representing Joseph Eastburn's first novel, Kiss Them Goodbye, which I sold. That was the early 90s and I just was not ready to commit to being an agent so I moved back to New York and continued making films and directing one-act plays. Finding the cost of renting a theater to be too costly, I began showing my films in bars and restaurants, leading up to directing my first feature film and premiering it at a nightclub with seven bands from the soundtrack playing live -- I shot a documentary of that event called Rockabilly '96 Live . The movie, originally titled Burnin' Love, was released to home video by Troma Entertainment under the title Rockabilly Vampire. I soon found myself publishing a retro music and lifestyle magazine called Lo-Fi: Easy Living For Cool Moderns, touting it on MTV, producing and hosting a cable access TV show with live bands called Retro TV, producing and managing bands, DJing, booking tours for bands, and producing thousands of live music events. I also released several CDs on my own record label and I directed a total of seven low budget movies, most of which are listed on IMDB. But it all led me back to what I had set out to do originally -- work with authors to make books come to life. Thus the Lee Sobel Literary Agency was born!
When I started my agency I focused a lot of my energy on music books and I couldn't think of a reason not to since I very luckily sold nearly every proposal I pitched to publishers. But soon the tide turned and finding famous or even semi-famous rock musicians to write their memoirs that publishers were dying to pay good money for became harder to get and one of the American publishers I was selling a lot of books to got sold to another company, preventing them from going through with buying a book I had sold them. Then the pandemic happened and everyone, including book publishing, seemed to go into a limbo state. In the summer of 2020 I decided to start the pop culture website Greasy Kidstuff Magazine and began to think about agenting books about movies, television and comics. This led to signing a number of new clients and suddenly finding myself on a roll. As of right now (March 2021) I've sold 8 books in the past 3 months with offers and interest on other books. I guess it's true what people have been saying that since the pandemic people have been reading more. I know I have!
How about a good novel, Lee? Yes I am always looking for a great novel, especially suspense thrillers, horror and science fiction -- I like relatable characters that are emotionally complex and unpredictable and stories that takes unexpected twists and turns and keep me on the edge of my seat. My all time favorite TV series is Rod Serling's Twilight Zone and if I could find material like that I would be in heaven. I love my clients and I am all about "doing more" and I try to avoid doing things that I hear other agents do that make either their clients unhappy or annoy publishers. I have no ego about what I do - I love the nurturing of new projects, strategizing selling the books and making the deals. Also, my agency is represented for film and television deals in Hollywood by Intellectual Property Group who recently handled the movie option for the Bill Haley book I agented.
I don't have any special requirements if you would like to contact me and I am always looking for new clients so don't be shy if you need an agent! You can email me at and please visit my agency page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leesobelliteraryagency/
Left: With my wonderful clients Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin. Laura is the author of her own memoirs and then co-wrote Michael's memoirs with him.
Here is a brief video clip of me talking about being an agent: