Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 3, 2020

July Agent of the Month – Alyssa Reuben

I am happy to announce that Alyssa Reuben at Paradigm Talent Agency is our Agent of the Month for June. Scroll to bottom to learn how to submit a first page for a chance to win a critique with Alyssa.

Alyssa Reuben has been a passionate representative and advocate of authors for well over a decade. Her list reflects her multifaceted passions and includes adult, young adult, and the occasional middle grade fiction as well as smart, platform driven, nonfiction ranging from pop-culture, lifestyle, cookbooks, and narrative to memoir.

She gravitates toward voice-driven non-fiction presenting a fresh point of view and particularly loves novels with an edge or a great romance arc. Her favorite kind of project is one that allows her to roll up her sleeves to develop and edit material alongside a collaborative and engaged author and prides herself on discovering new voices and launching successful careers. She runs the book publishing department at Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency, which has been her home since graduating Cornell University.

Alyssa represents a range of both adult and children’s genres. For children’s, she gravitates toward contemporary Middle Grade and YA with a strong voice. But a high concept, or an interesting paranormal twist has been known to catch her eye. For nonfiction, her categories include pop-culture, lifestyle, quirky histories, food, narrative and memoir. On the fiction side, her tastes are extremely wide ranging between literary and commercial. She’s a sucker for a coming-of-age story or a good romance arc.

She’s Looking For:


Fiction: Literary Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Graphic Novels, Humor/Satire, Romance, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Young Adult, Multi-Cultural, LGBTQ, Adventure, Offbeat/Quirky, Middle Grade.

Non-Fiction: History, Celebrity, Biography, Religion, Food & Lifestyle, Drama/Music, Multi-Cultural, Cookbooks, illustrated, LGBTQ, True Crime, Memoirs, Travel, Adventure/True Story, Dating/Relationships, Current Affairs, Women’s Issues, Pop Culture, Film & Entertainment, Cultural/Social Issues, Humor, Journalism, Narrative, Memoir.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to AREUBEN@PARADIGMAGENCY.COM

Please e-mail your query letter along with the first 10 pages of your work in the body of an email to



Paradigm Talent Agency is an American full-service entertainment agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Chicago, Toronto, Monterey, Nashville, Berkeley, Austin. Paradigm Talent Agency has more than 200 agents representing clients in television, music performances, motion picture, theatre, book publishing, digital, commercial/voiceover, content finance, media rights, brand partnerships and beyond. Paradigm’s clients included author Stephen King, actors Laurence Fishburne and Henry Golding, directors James Wan and Malcolm D. Lee, and musicians ColdplayTiffany YoungHalsey, and Ed Sheeran, as of 2018.

They believe an artist who is successful in reaching the public in one medium, should also reach an audience of dedicated readers through book publishing. That philosophy is at the heart of what they do in the book division of the agency: they work with clients who are active in multiple media platforms-television, film, the internet, and retail business-to develop book properties that will build and enhance a client’s brand.

That’s why they brainstorm with their colleagues in each division of the agency, drawing on their experience and expertise in film, music, and theater to develop successful book careers. Paradigm’s East and West Coast divisions work closely to coordinate their artist’s careers, to time the release of a book with a new album, the upcoming season of a television series, or capitalize on the media from a film release in order to turn a book publication into a multimedia event. Paradigm has developed innovative and groundbreaking books that tie-in to television series; they have coordinated a book’s publication with Grammy Award winning artist’s album release and tour; they have developed books that grow out of a client’s retail franchise.

“In addition, Paradigm is committed to developing the careers of up-and-coming literary talent as well as our most respected, award-winning authors in both fiction and nonfiction. Paradigm has a proven track record servicing all aspects of a client’s literary career, providing hands-on editorial guidance and working closely with publishers to ensure that writers gain a competitive edge in today’s publishing marketplace.” (Link)

Paradigm Agency website.


In the subject line, please write “July 2020 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” Example: 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).

PLEASE name the Word document file by putting 2020 JULY  – Your Name – Title of first page. Thank you.

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: July 24th. – noon EST

RESULTS: July 31st.


Talk tomorrow,


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