Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 25, 2017

August Featured Agent – Larissa Helena Part Three Interview

When Larissa Helena finally announced her decision to major in Literature, her family and friends were too polite to reply “duh”. But everyone already knew, even then, she had no choice but to keep exploring the magic of words. A few diplomas, translations and years working as an editor later, she packed her suitcases and ended up in a city so nice they named it twice. Larissa found her new literary home at Pippin, where she is now Associate Literary Agent & Manager of Subsidiary Rights, and feels lucky to be surrounded by words and people who understand and share her passion.

Larissa Helena, Agent, Pippin Properties. Larissa Helena’s passion is fiction: between Brazil, France and the United States, her only certainty is that she wants to be around books. Larissa has been an Executive Editor, a Translator, a Researcher, a Foreign Rights Manager and an Agent. She’s open to books for all ages, and wants diverse narratives of all kinds. Voices rarely seen in literature, unconventional stories, quirky characters. Her favorite kind of book doesn’t try to follow a pattern or play by the rules. Favorite genre? Genre bending.

For submissions, e-mail your first chapter along with a synopsis and query letter to Twitter: @larilena


How do you like to communicate (email vs. phone)? And how often do you communicate during the submission process?

I definitely prefer e-mail. Very few conversations need to happen on the phone (mainly the ones that involve brainstorming), in general e-mail is my weapon of choice!

What happens if you don’t sell this book?

We’ll keep working on a new project.

How many editors do you go to before giving up?

There’s no one answer to this. Each project is unique and some of them are easy to try and sell broadly, while other might only be a good fit for a handful of publishers.

Do you handle your own foreign/film rights contracts or does your firm have someone else who handles those contracts?

I double as a sub-rights manager, so I handle all of the agencies’ foreign rights, audio, live stage etc. As for film rights, we work with subagents specialized in the movie industry.

Are you open to authors who write multiple genres?

Yes! In fact, this is exactly what I’m looking for! Authors brimming with different ideas are always my favorite people to edit. It’s also incredibly useful, since we can turn a premise that doesn’t particularly work in the format it was initially conceived into something else entirely!

Are you interested in being invited to writer’s conferences?

Yes, I love writer’s conferences! Like I said, one of my favorite ways of editing is through dialogue, and the manuscript critiques are an excellent opportunity to do just that.



In the subject line, please write “August 2017  Critique” and paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page). REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!

Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: August 24th.
RESULTS: September 1st.

Please only submit one first page a month, but do try again if your first page wasn’t one of the pages randomly picked. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for this series of posts. Very informative.


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