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SLICE + VICE: LITERARY AGENT ANNIE HWANG

by Marae Hart

Inspired by the “seven deadly sins,” SLICE + VICE is an exposition of the underbelly of craft. With vice in mind, SLICE asks writers and industry professionals seven short answer questions to illuminate the darker side of creativity and the publishing process.

For the latest SLICE + VICE, we chatted with Folio Literary Management agent Annie Hwang, who you can also catch at the upcoming Slice Literary Writers’ Conference.

Pride: What do you want your reputation to be as an agent?

Bold + fearless: Representing boundary-pushing books, championing voices that haven’t been widely represented, celebrating stories that need to be heard, and doing only seven-figure deals (just kidding on that last one).

Envy: What makes you most jealous?

When a potential client whose work I’ve fallen in love with decides to move forward with another agent. That said, the agents they wound up with are incredible and I always feel honored to be considered alongside them.

Wrath: What do you dislike most about the industry?

The lack of diversity and the challenge in getting people to recognize how the makeup of the industry is so deeply intertwined with which writers do (or don’t) ultimately break out.

Sloth: What is your favorite way to be lazy?

Napping.

Greed: Of what can a story never have too much?

Tension. Sweet delicious tension.

Gluttony: How do you overindulge?

Hot pot.

Lust: What is the most perverted thing about the industry?

Everyone knows everyone.

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Originally from Los Angeles, Annie Hwang represents literary fiction and select nonfiction. As a former journalist, she possesses a keen editorial eye which she brings to her approach to agenting, taking an active role in helping clients reach their full potential. Since joining Folio Literary Management she’s had the pleasure of working with both debut and seasoned authors alike.

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