Ask 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.
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.
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.
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?
As 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.
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 novel—and her answer to it.
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.
There has never been a more exciting time for Young Adult literature. There is a thriving new canon of YA lit for readers to explore, and the publishing opportunities for debut writers are constantly expanding. We chatted with literary agent Alex Slater about his take on the booming YA market, and advice for writers hoping to break onto the scene. Alex will moderate the panel “Social Consciousness in YA Literature” at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn on September 12. You can find the full panel schedule here.
How many of us really know how literary agents spend their day? We know they do the great work of discovering new writers, but what does that work truly look like? I chatted with literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot as she offered a glimpse into her average day as a literary superhero (which is anything but average—you’ll get exhausted just reading about her morning). Renée will discuss this topic with a great team of literary agents on our “A Day in the Life” panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in Brooklyn on September 12 + 13. You can find the full panel line-up here.
The 2015 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference is four months away, and we can’t wait until September to hear from our panelists about their corner of the book publishing world. We’ll be chatting all summer with the editors, agents, and authors who are joining us in Brooklyn for a weekend of candid conversations, mentoring, and craft workshops.
We recently caught up with Slice conference veteran Michelle Brower on her secrets to finding new clients. Writers, rejoice: she rocks the slush submissions!
Michelle will be on our “Don’t Be Creepy” panel on September 12. The weekend’s full panel schedule can be found here.