Encounters in Publishing

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#83: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Little, Brown & Co. executive editor Vanessa Mobley, by Liz Mathews

Think about the last time someone told you she (or he) works in publishing. Did you immediately assume that person was an editor? Well, for this interview we were able to snag a few moments of an honest-to-goodness editor’s time. Meet Vanessa Mobley, an executive editor with Little, Brown and Company. If you want to catch her eye, she admits that she’s pretty much looking for two things (see the second question below). And if you want to get an idea of the caliber of writers she works with, well, she’s got a few bestsellers and major prize winners under her belt.

Vanessa will be joining us on Sunday, September 11, for the How We Spot the Next Generation of Great Writers panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ conference. What better place to be to try to get spotted, yourself?

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#82: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with literary agent Jim McCarthy, by Jackie DiCaro

Literary agents can seem like an elusive bunch when you’re an emerging writer trying to break into the industry. They tend to reject most submissions they receive, but in truth, they’re actually looking for new writers just as eagerly as you’re looking for them.

We spoke with Jim McCarthy, VP and literary agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, about how he tends to find—and work with—new clients. Turns out, his process can be just as surprising as the path his clients took to find him. Jim will share more wisdom on our “Ask the Agents” panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference on Sunday, September 11.

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#81: A Sneak Peek at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Writers House agent Andrea Morrison, by Maria Gagliano

As a writer, you’ve likely turned to Google for industry advice at some point. And who can blame you? With a few clicks you can dig up agent contact lists, read forums about the best agents to query, even swipe query letter templates. Some of the resources out there are more reliable than others, and when it comes to querying agents your best source of wisdom is the agents themselves. If only you could personally ask them the burning questions that keep you Googling long after Stephen Colbert is done for the night.

We chatted with Writers House agent Andrea Morrison about her best advice for writers who are getting ready to query. She’ll join a team of fellow agents on our “Ask the Agents” panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference on Sunday, September 11. Their talk will unveil so much more than a Google search ever can.

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