Authors In Conversation

What the Finished Book Hides: How to Keep Going

My first book just came out!

What a simple thing to say. I have a book! But like most exclamations, these are smuggling a secret. They hide the hard work it took to write a book. The luck and time. The endurance.

I started this book before my son was born; he’ll be eight years old when it comes out. During those years, the writing was a source of gratitude. I felt myself doing exactly what I wanted to do. And yet, there was so much fatigue and rejection. I almost gave up.

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Interview

An Interview with Libby Flores

Libby Flores is a trailblazer. She has worn many different hats in the publishing world and wherever she works she manages to create change for the good. She gained recognition throughout the industry through her work as Director of Literary Programs at PEN Center USA. Earlier this year she directed The Believer Festival in Nevada, which was hailed as a literary micro-Coachella (Publishers Weekly). Libby recently traded the West Coast for the East Coast, and almost immediately landed a position as the Director of Audience Development and Digital Production at BOMB Magazine. She’s also the NYC Director of the Freya Project, a reading series dedicated to uniting women and amplifying their voices. To top it all off, Libby is also a talented writer, whose work has been featured in many publications. In this latest Encounters in Publishing interview, Libby offers insights about the relationship between writers and their audiences, what it means to be a steward in the literary community, and the importance of validation as a writer. You can also find her at our writers’ conference this fall.

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Authors In Conversation

LitCrawl Brooklyn: A Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse

At PEN America’s Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2018, Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary partnered to present a multilingual exquisite corpse, a story authored by four international writers—Glaydah Namukasa, Ibtisam Azem, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Silvana Paternostro—and translated by Dr. Merit Kabugo, Sinan Antoon, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Mary Ann Newman.

In the exquisite corpse tradition, one writer penned the first segment of the story (in this case, Ugandan writer Glaydah Namukasa, who was given a prompt line from Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H., translated by Idra Novey: “I’d transformed myself little by little into the person who bears my name”). 

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ISSUES



UPCOMING EVENT


ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017 CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN

VISIT WWW.SLICELITCON.ORG FOR FULL INFO.

Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, po-etry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career. But a book deal is just the beginning of a writer’s professional journey. We invite leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book (and what writers can do to help them get there).

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MISSION

SLICE WAS BUILT BY TWO BOOK EDITORS WHO WANTED TO CHAMPION NEW VOICES.

We’d seen firsthand how difficult it is for emerging writers to break into the publishing world. So we decided to create a space where new voices were just as important as famous voices, a space where those two groups would strike up all sorts of conversations. We invited people from the publishing industry to join in, too.

Sure, we are publishers. But perhaps even more than that, we are connectors. We want to see what happens when two renowned writers sit down and talk about the creative process. We want to give emerging writers the opportunity to ask editors what it’s really like behind the scenes. We want readers to witness the conversational spark that flies when a story by a beloved voice appears alongside one they’ve never heard before. We want to cross borders, to hear diverse voices from the U.S. and around the globe, and to bring them together, whether it’s on a panel at our annual conference or in the pages of our semi-annual magazine. And, dear readers, we want to talk to you.

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