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.
An Interview with Author Sarah Gerard
by Paul Florez
I first heard of author Sarah Gerard when I was a student at The New School’s MFA program (where she also did her MFA). My thesis was about my ongoing struggle with anorexia, and my advisor told me to look up Sarah’s debut novel, Binary Star, which follows the harrowing story of a woman suffering from an eating disorder.
Binary Star impacted the way I viewed my body. Sarah wrote that anorexia, like a pulsating star, burns fuel that isn’t replenished. I was instantly hooked on her writing. The novel’s prose was luminous and intoxicating, and it allowed me to see the forest for the trees when it came to my eating disorder.
A Sneak Peek at the 2018 SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Literary Agent DongWon Song
Literary agent DongWon Song believes the future of publishing will be messy, but we aren’t doomed. Song works at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Previously, he worked as an editor at Orbit Books. So he’s been on both sides of the fence. Throw in stints as a product manager for ebook startup Zola Books and an adjunct professor at the University of Portland and, as you’ll see in this latest interview in the Encounters in Publishing series, Song has a unique perspective on the industry. Survival, according to Song, is a matter of being smart, nimble, and adaptable. It doesn’t hurt to have a hobby, either (he’s a passionate woodworker). Learn more about Song’s views here, and don’t miss him at this year’s SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference (early bird registration just opened).