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.
An Interview with Maris Kreizman
Maris Kreizman’s approach to working in publishing may be unconventional, but it gives her an edge. She isn’t simply in touch with the latest trend, she often sets it. Maris worked in the publishing department of Kickstarter, focusing on innovative ways to connect writers with their readers. She also served as editorial director for the esteemed Book of the Month. Now she’s taken on an exciting new endeavor, launching a book club for BuzzFeed. In this latest Encounters in Publishing interview, Maris talked about the importance of being a fan first, before you jump online and try to tell your work. At the heart of this discussion, she pinpoints the importance of striking up meaningful connections online and how they’ve impacted her own life.
An Interview with Literary Agent Quressa Robinson
Quressa Robinson has been devouring books from an early age, and she turned that passion for stories into a thriving career in the literary world. With five years of experience as an editor under her belt, she recently jumped into the world of agenting. In this latest interview in the Encounters in Publishing series, Quressa talks about how important it is for writers to develop characters and stories that are fresh and original. Quressa carefully handles all the needs of her clients, guiding them from the drafting of a manuscript to the publication of their book. She is currently seeking YA and adult fiction. Quressa is excited to attend the SLICE Literary Conference for the first time this September.
An Interview with Literary Agent Sarah LaPolla
In this latest Encounters in Publishing interview, Sarah LaPolla from the Bradford Literary Agency offers us an inside look at the challenges that come after a manuscript is written. She provides some of the best lessons she’s learned in her career. Whether you’re developing ideas or querying agents, Sarah has great tips to help you avoid common mistakes. You’ll want to take note if you are an emerging YA or genre writer. You’ll also be able to find her at the SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference this September. I spoke with Sarah about MFAs, the role of current events in speculative genres, and the best ways to find the right agent for your book.
An Interview With Literary Agent Annie Hwang
by Greg Stewart
Annie Hwang’s story of becoming a literary agent is proof that adaptability pays off in the ever-changing field of publishing. She prioritizes growth, both in her clients and herself. According to Annie, the primary role of an agent is one based on connections. She connects with all sorts of people across the publishing industry in order to get a manuscript sold. Coming from a background in journalism, Hwang brings a deadline-oriented sensibility and a keen editorial eye to the job. And she’s right there with her client every step of the way, from manuscript draft to finished book, and beyond. Annie is particularly passionate about connecting with underrepresented voices who challenge stereotypes and expand worldviews. You can find her at several conferences this year, including the SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference in September. Find out more about her in this latest interview in the Encounters in Publishing series.
An Interview with Literary Agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler
by Greg Stewart
If Jenni Ferrari-Adler, literary agent at Union Literary, could give emerging writers one piece of homework, it would be to read read read and write write write. She advises new talent to be aware of the conversation they’re entering into with their work. Ferrari-Adler represents authors from many genres, from fiction to cookbooks, and a good deal in between. In our latest interview in the Encounters in Publishing series, Ferrari-Adler shares some great tips for perfecting your query letter and networking in person, and more. You can find her, and maybe put some of her advice to work, at the SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference in September.