Thursday, March 21 at 7PM
WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS
The Author/Agent Relationship
On the Third Floor of BookPeople
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/AGENT RELATIONSHIP
If you want to publish a book with a big New York publishing house or imprint (and, increasingly, if you want to publish with a large independent press), you will need a literary agent. The relationship between you and the agent can be crucial to your experience with the publication of your work. But what does that relationship look like? In this panel, four authors will discuss working with their agents. Expect a practical discussion focusing on queries, revision, the submission process, communication with agents, post-publication, and planning out your next book(s).
ABOUT JASON GALLAHER
Jason Gallaher is the author of the picture book, Whobert Whover, Owl Detective. He loves to create stories that mix the flamboyantly whacky with the slightly dark. When not writing, Jason zips about Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw. He loves dinosaurs, unicorns, dinosaurs riding unicorns, and anything magical that takes you to a different world or time. Also, Anjelica Huston. Jason is a tried and true Hufflepuff, and he is actively looking for an Andalite friend.
ABOUT AMY GENTRY
Amy Gentry is the author of the novels Last Woman Standing and Good as Gone, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT LEILA SALES
Leila Sales is an author, editor, and book developer. She's written six young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, and, most recently, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, optioned for stage and screen, and received numerous starred reviews. Leila spent the past eleven years at Penguin Random House, where she edited bestselling and award-winning books by authors including Viola Davis, Max Brallier, Gayle Forman, Sally Green, Greg Pizzoli, and more. She is now a book developer working with authors, editors, agents, and other creators to turn their story visions into reality.
ABOUT CHAITALI SEN
Chaitali Sen is a writer and educator based in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, The Pathless Sky, was published by Europa Editions in 2015. Short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brooklyn Magazine, Catapult, Chicago Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Ecotone, LitHub, Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Ohio Review, and many other publications. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction and founder of the interview series, Borderless: Conversations in Art, Action, and Justice. She is at work on her second novel.