#76: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Little, Brown Deputy Marketing Director Miriam Parker, by Liz Mathews

Marketing: an incredibly important department in the publishing world. But what, exactly, does the marketing department do for a title? Or for the author of that title? And what can you do for the marketing department when it comes to your book?

We spoke with Miriam Parker, the Deputy Marketing Director at Little, Brown, to get some insight on how she approaches her marketing work, and what she hopes you’re willing to do to help her help you get your book out into the world of readers and bookstores.

And for more from Miriam, check out the Don’t Be Creepy panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn on September 12. You can find the full panel lineup here.

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An Interview with Author Helen Phillips and Editor Sarah Bowlin, by Celia Johnson

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With the publication of her debut novel, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, Helen Phillips has been compared to a host of literary masters: Kafka, Davis, Calvino, Atwood, Saramago, Borges, and more. Take note of the breadth of that list. Clearly, by evoking so many great writers and not just one, Phillips has created a work very much her own. The Beautiful Bureaucrat is at once surreal and familiar. It is the story of Josephine, a young woman who moves to a city with her husband. Josephine finds work at The Database, which seems, at first, as mundane as it sounds. But she soon discovers that she has become part of something more sinister than she could ever imagine. I spoke with Phillips and her editor, Sarah Bowlin, about memorable characters, the creative process, unsung heroes in the publishing industry, and more. For more from Phillips and Bowlin, check out our upcoming writers’ conference. They are both lined up to take part in panels.

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#75: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with editor Adina Talve-Goodman, by Liz Mathews

As we continue to prepare for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference happening in Downtown Brooklyn on September 12 and 13, we’re thrilled to give you an advance introduction to another one of our panelists.

Adina Talve-Goodman is the managing editor at One Story, a fellow lit mag that we at Slice have long admired and love to have as part of our conference year after year. With One Story, that’s what you get every three to four weeks: one really great story, packaged in one tastefully designed and easily transportable issue. No author gets published twice with One Story, and no reader gets let down by the content. As a transplant to the New York lit world from St Louis, MO, Adina is still pleased with her decision and delighted by the writers she works with. She’ll be on our Where They’re Looking for You: Literary Magazines and Indie Presses panel on Saturday, September 12.

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#74: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with literary agent Erin Harris by Liz Mathews

Erin HarrisAsk any two literary agents how they spend their day, and you’ll get wildly different answers. But even if they go about their work differently, they’re all rooting for the same outcome: to discover incredible new writers in their submissions. We spoke with Erin Harris, literary agent at Folio Literary Management, about how she approaches the imperfect art of finding new talent. Writers, if you’ve ever submitted your work to Erin, know that she reviewed it with a hopeful eye. Erin will share more about her quest for great new writers on our A Day in the Life panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn on September 12. You can find the full panel lineup here.

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An Interview with Steven Wingate, by Jennifer Fandel

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Steven Wingate’s short fiction has appeared in Slice issues #3 (“In Translation”) and #12 (“Obsession”), including an audio excerpt in “In the Telling” featurette here. I’ll be exploring Thirty-One Octets: Incantations and Meditations (WordTech/CW Books, 2014), which is Wingate’s second collection of poetry, with this self-proclaimed genre nomad.

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An Interview with Author Patricia Park and Editor Pamela Dorman, by Celia Johnson

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Patricia Park’s debut novel, Re Jane, is a modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre. The story moves from the heart of Queens, New York, over to Brooklyn, and as far away as Seoul. Park’s protagonist, Jane, is insightful, sensitive, and funny. But the entire cast of characters in this book are fully rendered and thoroughly entertaining, from Jane’s overly direct uncle, Sang, to the academia-entrenched professors who invite Jane to live with them as an au pair. I spoke with Park and her editor, Pamela Dorman, about writing, editing, the publishing process, and more.

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Encounters in Publishing #73: When an MFA Brings Tears

The first time I cried in public, I was on the 6 going uptown just pulling into the Bleecker Street stop.

It was the summer of 2012—my first New York City summer, sandwiched between my two years of grad school in Los Angeles—and I was blissfully ignoring the question that was so quick to fall off people’s lips.

What are you going to do with an MFA in Creative Writing?

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#72: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with author Brendan Kiely by Liz Mathews

Brendan KielyAs we’re gearing up for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, happening in downtown Brooklyn on September 12 and 13, we’re excited to introduce you to a few of our panelists. This week, meet Brendan Kiely, author of the debut novel The Gospel of Winter. Chosen as a Kirkus Reviews selection for best of 2014 and one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, The Gospel of Winter is the sort of debut novel success story many burgeoning writers can aspire to. Brendan will be on our Social Consciousness in YA Literature panel on Saturday, September 12. You can find the full panel schedule here.

 

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An Interview with Sara Nović, by Peter Kispert

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Sara Nović’s stunning debut novel, Girl At War, concerns the realities of war and their effect on and shaping of a girl’s coming of age. Here, Nović responds to questions posed her about the novel’s development, her relationship with her characters, and the one question she wishes she were asked about her noveland her answer to it.

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#71: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Editor Emily Griffin, by Amy Halperin Zimmerman

If you follow the publishing industry, you may have heard about the legend of editor/agent lunches. We’ve been told that decades ago they were martini-soaked escapades that ended with nobody going back to their desk in the afternoon. Perhaps today’s lunches are not quite as daring (who knows!), but they’re just as much a part of publishing life. We spoke with Grand Central Publishing senior editor Emily Griffin about the impact that editor/agent lunches have on the book acquisitions process. Emily will unveil more on this topic, along with her editor and agent peers, on our “Out to Lunch” panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn on September 12. You can find the full panel schedule here.

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