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Behind the Book Deal: A Conversation with Kelly Sundberg, Joy Tutela, and Gail Winston

An excerpt from an interview with Kelly Sundberg, her agent, Joy Tutela, and her editor, Gail Winston, by Bre Power Eaton. This interview will appear in the fall issue of SLICE, Issue 23: Flight.

We’re publishing this excerpt now to celebrate the publication of Kelly’s debut memoir, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, which was released early June to high acclaim. Roxane Gay writes, “It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That’s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence.”

SLICE published Kelly’s first essay in Issue 10: Growing Up, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming her as a panelist at our writers’ conference this fall.

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In July 2014, Kelly Sundberg was at a demolition derby in her small hometown of Salmon, Idaho. Amid this annual celebration of destruction, she received a message from a friend, telling her that an essay of hers that had been published in Guernica had been shared on Twitter by Cheryl Strayed, a writer she admires. Flattered, she figured that the essay, which had already received a larger response than she had expected, would gain even more exposure. Little did she know what would happen next.

The essay, “It Will Look Like a Sunset,” is, as the title suggests, about an ending, but not the fairytale kind—a prince and a princess disappearing over the horizon, awash in pink and golden hues. Rather, it’s about the end of her almost decade-long marriage to the father of her son, a funny, intelligent, generous man she had fallen for quickly and deeply.

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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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Interview

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.

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Authors In Conversation

Authors In Conversation: Neal Thompson and Cheston Knapp

An excerpt from Neal Thompson’s conversation with Cheston Knapp about borders, skateboarding, fatherhood, and much more (full piece appears in SLICE Issue 22: Borders, June 2018).

Neal’s memoir Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood is now available, hot off the press. Michael Chabon praises, “Thompson captures the ache, fizz, yearning and frustration of being the father of adolescent boys.” Cheston’s essay collection Up Up, Down Down is another must-read and was recently released. Anthony Doerr describes it as “always smart, often hilarious, and ultimately transcendent.”

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Interview

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 seek​ing​ YA and adult fiction. Quressa is excited to attend the SLICE Literary Conference for the first time this September.

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Interview

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.

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