The Writing Show: Do I Need an Agent?
Join us for the third edition of The Writing Show Thursday March 16 at 7 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library to hear a panel discuss the world of literary agents: what they are looking for in a book proposal, how to find an agent and what to expect from them.
This panel includes Rachel Ekstrom Courage, a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency in New York City, who works with a range of fiction and nonfiction writers. Before becoming an agent, she worked for over a decade in the publicity departments at St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin's Dutton and Gotham imprints promoting debut and #1 bestselling authors. Rachel is interested in the following genres: young adult (particularly diverse voices, realistic with a twist, fresh fantasy, historical), upmarket/smart women's and "book club" fiction, crime fiction (mysteries of all kinds, domestic and psychological thrillers), and compelling narrative nonfiction that offers new information or a new perspective. She's particularly interested in themes of nature/wilderness, strong women, psychology, and food. In adult fiction, she is not currently looking for: romance, thrillers set in the realm of finance or politics, high fantasy, hard science fiction, paranormal or urban fantasy.
The panel also includes Ashley Warlick, the author of four novels; the most recent, The Arrangement, will be published in February 2016. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship and the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Oxford American, McSweeney’s, Redbook, and Garden and Gun, among others. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the editor of the South Carolina food magazine edibleUpcountry. Warlick is also a partner at M. Judson, Booksellers and Storytellers in Greenville, SC, where she lives with her family.
Betsy Teter, director of Hub City Press, will moderate.