Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career
Part two in our series with Electric Literature and the Center for Fiction is this essential event on acquiring and working with a literary agent. Joining us will be Claudia Ballard of WME, Jacqueline Ko of Wylie Agency, and Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary, with Electric Literature’s Halimah Marcus moderating.
Claudia Ballard has been an agent at WME since 2008. She represents mainly fiction, from established short-story writers to debut novelists and beyond. She works with a variety of authors including Amelia Gray, Alexandra Kleeman, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Emma Straub.
Jacqueline Ko is an agent at the Wylie Agency, representing literary fiction and nonfiction. The Wylie Agency has offices in New York and London, and represents more than 900 clients internationally.
Anjali Singh is currently an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. She started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or nonfiction works that reflect an engagement with the world, literary thrillers, memoirs, YA literature and graphic novels. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of the innovative literary non-profit Electric Literature and the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.