AWP Panel: What Agents Want
The author-agent relationship is one of the most important in a writer’s professional life. But how does it come about, and what are the keys to making it work? Three seasoned literary agents join moderator TBD (Mary Rasenberger or Paul Morris) of the Authors Guild to discuss how an author should go about finding and choosing an agent, the fundamentals of the author-agent relationship, how to pitch a project to publishers, dissolving the author-agent relationship, what agents are really looking for in authors, and more.
Scheduled Time: 12:00:PM–01:15:PM
Scheduled Room: Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Moderator: Paul Morris
Panelists: Jeff Kleinman, Anjali Singh, Sarah Bowlin
Paul W. Morris is Vice President, Membership & Outreach of the Authors Guild. The former Director of Literary Programs at PEN America, he has held positions as a book editor at Viking Penguin and several other companies. From 2004 to 2011, he oversaw digital strategy and marketing at BOMB Magazine.
Jeff Kleinman is a founding partner of Folio Literary Management. He serves on the boards for Writer House and the Southern NH Univ. MFA program. Clients include bestselling authors Garth Stein, Elizabeth Letts, Charles Shields and Mollie Katzen, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey.
Anjali Singh is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. She was previously an editor at Vintage Books, HMH, Simon & Schuster and Other Press. She represents adult and YA literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, and graphic novels for all ages.
Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent in early 2017 after about a decade as an editor of bold new voices in literary fiction and nonfiction at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Co.