Joseph Lee, president of Korean Literary (KL) Management who liaised between the author and international publishers, is one of them. Lee’s Seoul-based literary agency exports Korean literature to the world. Many Korean novels, including Shin Kyung-sook’s million-seller “Please Look After Mom” and Kim Young-ha’s “I Have the Right to Destroy Myself,” have passed through Lee’s hands before spreading abroad. “I always read books, looking for the right one. I check new books from authors who work with my agency or sometimes purchase other books that interest me. That is the first step of everything,” Lee said at a recent interview with The Korea Times.