#SLWC17: Meet the Speakers – An Interview with Folio Literary Management Agent Jeff Kleinman
by Maria Gagliano
The 7th annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in downtown Brooklyn is four months away, and to kick off the countdown, we’re chatting with some of the agents, editors, authors, and book pros who help make our community such a supportive environment. To start, we spoke with literary agent Jeff Kleinman about how he feels the book world has changed in recent years—and how it’s stayed the same—especially for emerging writers. Jeff will moderate the SLWC panel Welcome to the 2017 Book World on Sunday, September 10.
So much has changed in the book industry in the last ten years. How have some of the biggest changes you’ve seen influenced the way emerging authors break into the industry?
A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with literary agent Monica Odom, by Jackie DiCaro
Every agent has their unique way of discovering great new voices. For Monica Odom of the Bradford Literary Agency, connecting with writers includes a blend of seeking out innovators, pushing them to create their best work, and helping them grow each step of the way. But the nuances of how she does this are what set her—and every agent—apart. We chatted with Monica about her favorite parts of agenting, from that first email to the day a book hits the shelves.
You can see Monica on our panel, Innovators In Speculative YA Fiction, at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, Sunday, September 11.
#87: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue, by Celia Johnson
Most people come to New York City clutching their dreams. Some fight to get in and fight even harder to stay. Others have a much easier path. But what happens when the city fails them? Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, follows a young Cameroonian couple, Jendi and Neni, who are in New York because they want a better life for themselves and, even more so, for their six-year-old son. Jendi has been working as a chauffeur for Clark, an executive at Lehman Brothers, and his high-society wife, Cindy. And Neni has been toiling away at school, hoping one day to become a pharmacist. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is about to threaten everything these four people have strived to attain. I spoke to Imbolo about her inimitable characters, her creative process, and how rejections helped her improve her manuscript.
#86: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with One Story’s Lena Valencia, by Fiona Furnari
When, after a last frantic round of edits, you send off a piece to a literary magazine, it’s hard to picture the editor on the other end as anything but a “yes,” “no,” and “this isn’t right for us at this time” machine. But there’s something more here than just clicking submit and hoping for the best – you’re building a literary relationship.
#85: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Jade Chang, by Liz Mathews
Sometimes it happens, when reading a book, that you will be so sure of what the plot and characters will do next, and simultaneously so worried that things will actually happen that way, that you have to hold the book a little further away as the words play out before your eyes. Or maybe you even have to set the book down and take a few sighing, head-shaking moments before continuing with the rest of the story.
#84: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: Wisdom from the Panelists
We asked our conference panelists to send us a few words of wisdom for emerging writers. They came back with gems that’ll inspire you to keep writing, even if—actually, particularly if—you just received another rejection. These pros urge you to keep going; to connect; to find your voice, your process; and not to stop until you’ve created “worlds vast and beautiful enough to get lost in.” This is just a glimpse inside the assembly of minds taking part in the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference this September. #SLWC16