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Words & Music 2013:

Critiques & Consultations, Workshop Leaders

Many of the nation's best-known and best-loved authors, agents and editors will be in The Big Easy this year to review and consult with you. Enjoy this closer look at our agent and editor faculty. Please Note that the popular agent Elise Capron and popular editor Andra Miller are returning for Words & Music, 2013. (For author bios, Click Here! )

Amazing Agents

Marilyn Atlas an award-winning producer and personal manager
of actors and actresses, recently has turned her hand to successful representing authors as well as performing artists. Marilyn is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. Among her credits as film producer are Real Women Have Curves for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; A Certain Desire, starring Sam Waterston; and Echoes, which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn has served as a production consultant on the film Call Me. She was also involved as a producer in the development of the MOW Nightwalker and Playing for Keeps .On the author side of the picture, Marilyn recently has sold first time novels Chasing the Jaguar to HarperCollins, Hungry Woman in Paris to Grand Central Publishing, The Ave Maria Bed & Breakfast to Hachette Publishing and The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole
to Source Books. For more information on Marilyn Atlas, Click Here!

Brandi Bowles is an agent at Foundry Literary + Media, a full-service literary and media-development agency in New York. Brandi represents idea and platform-driven nonfiction in all categories, but she’s particularly interested in humor, narrative nonfiction, and big-idea books that change the way we think about the world. Some of her upcoming books include The Hollow Bone: Secrets From the Life of a Reiki Master, The Vice Lords: A History of Wayward Writers, and a memoir from Youtube sensation Ted Williams, the most honest and inspiring story about homelessness you’ll ever read. Brandi also represents literary fiction, commercial fiction, women's fiction, and YA, particularly novels that feature strong female bonds, and psychological or scientific themes. Previously, she was an agent with Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in Brooklyn, NY and an editor at Three Rivers Press. She represents a wide range of authors, from burlesque performers to archeologists, illustrators, professors, CEOs, chefs, rappers, folk musicians, and fitness gurus. Said Brandi in one interview, "I really love big idea books, and books about broad sociological phenomena, but will only consider them if they are written by experts in their fields. I love books that shed new light on something in pop culture, media culture, and everyday life. In terms of fiction, I like Southern fiction, experimental fiction, and cross-cultural novels. Quirky, funny, edgy, or naughty book ideas are always welcome in my inbox, and bonus points go to any authors that can make me laugh."

Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, which was established over 30 years ago and is known for guiding the careers of many best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, including Amy Tan, Lisa See, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chitra Divakaruni, Eric Foner, Marcus Rediker, and many more. A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since 2003.On the fiction side, Elise is interested in serious character-driven literary fiction with unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge, and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. On the non-fiction front, she is looking primarily for well-written narrative nonfiction, particularly history. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. A few of Elise's recent and soon-to-be-published books include Courtney Brkic's The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown), Tiphanie Yanique'sThe Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead) and How to Escape From a Leper Colony (Graywolf), Jane Vandenburgh'sThe Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance (Counterpoint), Jonathon Keats' Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (Oxford University Press), Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse (Small Beer Press) which was picked as a “Top Ten Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, Billy Smith’sShip of Death: The Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World, Jack Shuler's upcoming The Noose: A History (Public Affairs), and many more.

April Eberhardt, after 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, joined the literary world as head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine, followed by five years as an agent with two San Francisco-based literary agencies. She holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She represents clients worldwide, and divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris. A self-described "literary change agent," April founded her own agency in order to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many ways literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understands both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving options for agent-assisted independent publishing. April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to "self-publishing, done right."  April, who judged the 2013 Novel-in-Progress Category of the Faulkner - Wisdom Competition, will be discussing new age publishing during Words & Music, 2013. She also will be critiquing manuscripts. While heragency isn't accepting unsolicited submissions,manuscripts presented at Words & Music are considered.

Deborah Grosvenor. Ms. Grosvenor has more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing business as an agent and editor. During her career, she has edited or represented several hundred nonfiction books. As an editor, she acquired Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October. Her distinguished client list includes nationally prominent writers, New York Times bestselling authors, and prize-winning historians and journalists. Among them are Stephen Coonts, Eleanor Clift, Morton Kondracke, Thomas Oliphant, Charlie Engle, Harrison Scott Key, John Sexton, Henry Allen, Aaron Miller, Scott Wallace, Curtis Wilkie, Nina Burleigh, Thomas Fleming, Jonathan Green, Jay Rubenstein, Willard Randall, Mark Geragos, Peter Cozzens, Meg Noonan, Barbara Dreyfuss and Elizabeth Pryor. Deborah is interested in narrative nonfiction in the categories of history, biography, politics, current, and foreign affairs, memoir, food, the South, humor, Italy, the environment and travel. For fiction, she is simply interested in great storytelling, especially in an historical context. Deborah is the recipient of the TWIN award (Tribute to Women in Industry), given by the YWCA and industry to “outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their companies in managerial and executive positions.” She has been a part of the Faulkner Society’s annual fall festival since Word & Music was created and regularly judges a category of the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition.

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers).  He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English).  As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career.  His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard. His interests include Nonfiction, especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography; Fiction: very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream upmarket commercial (i.e. book club) and literary fiction. He has absolutely no interest in children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).
For more information about Jeff (including interviews, books sold, and so forth), please go to www.foliolit.com/jeffkleinman/.

Chris Parris-Lamb is an agent at The Gernert Company, a boutique literary agency in Midtown Manhattan that represents bestselling and award-winning authors ranging from John Grisham to Tea Obreht. Chris started his career eight years ago as an assistant at Burnes & Clegg, and since then has shepherded to publication such bestselling and critically acclaimed novels as Hillary Jordan's Mudboundas well as authoritative nonfiction like Jane McGonigal's Reality is Broken. Since Forbes Magazine called him a “rising star” in 2010, Chris has been profiled – most notably in Vanity Fair – for his work turning Chad Harbach’s debut The Art of Fielding into the international bestseller it became. Chris's list today is split between top-notch literary fiction with a strong, original, sophisticated narrative voice, and smart, quality nonfiction across a range of genres and subjects.

Emma Sweeney of the Emma Sweeney Agency is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and the Women's Media Group, where she served as president in 2003. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in English Literature. Emma is also a writer whose own books include Tulipa (Artisan, 2000) and As Always, Jack (Little, Brown, 2002; Back Bay Books, 2003; Axios Press 2012). Emma Sweeney Agency LLC was formed in 2006 and is a boutique literary agency based in New York City, which has had six New York Times bestsellers, including In The Shadow of the Banyan, How It All Began, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Making Rounds with Oscar, and The Joy of Living. Our authors have won The Booker Prize and the American Book Award, been short-listed for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and are Guggenheim Fellows as well as the recipients of NEA grants. We specialize in general fiction, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction projects including memoir, history, science and religion. We work with co-agents in every territory, from the UK and Australia to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, eastern Europe, and Asia, and make dozens of foreign rights sales (as well as audio and first serial sales) for our clients every year.

Exceptional Editors

Brenda Copeland is an Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she has worked since 2010.  Brenda publishes a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, from the commercial to the literary, and looks for strong stories told with a strong voice.  Current authors include Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and Amy Sue Nathan, whose debut novel The Glass Wives will come out in summer, 2013. Over the course of her career Brenda has published such bestselling authors as Dean Koontz, Claire Cooke, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa de la Cruz, as well as Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Brenda teaches book editing at New York University and has a weakness for cheese. At Words & Music, 2013, Ms. Copeland will be conducting a workshop on how to write a memoir.

Andra Miller is a Senior Editor at Algonquin Books, and has worked in the company's New York office for the past 12 years. Andra acquires and edits both literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Recent favorites include Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, by Amy Stewart, which hit the New York Times Bestseller List; Susan Hand Shetterly's stunning collection of nature essays, Settled in the Wild; and Lucky Girl, a memoir by Mei-Ling Hopgood about what happens when an American girl's life is thrown topsy turvy when her boistrious Chinese birth family come calling. Next year will see Algonquin's debut of Caroline Leavitt's next novel, which has already garnered much excitement: Pictures of You, as well as The Silver Girl, a novel by award-winning writer Tayari Jones. 

Susanna L. Porter, Vice President and Executive Editor in the Random House Publishing Group, is noted for her success in acquiring historical fiction, including several novels written from the perspective of women. Her most recent success is The Paris Wife, Paula McLain's bestselling novel released earlier this year about the first wife of American author Ernest Hemingway, Hadley Richardson, who was married to the writer during his 20s. Just after World War I, when Hemingway was still struggling to achieve recognition for his work, the couple lived in Paris as expatriates with other Lost Generation writers like Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Sherwood Anderson. Ms. Porter has recently acquired Ms. McLain's next book, which will focus on the life of another noted woman, Marie Curie. Similarly, Ms. Porter was the acquiring editor for Anne Fortier's novel Juliet, which focuses on the heroine of Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet, and Nancy Horan's bestselling novel Loving Frank, which is about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright as seen through the character of his mistress. In an interview last year after purchasing McLain's novel, Ms. Porter confessed to having a weak spot for books that depict famous men from history through the prism of the women in their lives. “I remember reading Nora, which was about Nora Joyce, and I preferred it so much to reading a biography of Joyce,” Ms. Porter said. “When you have the woman, you have the life.” Ms. Porter also acquires fiction with a contemporary setting (for example, the work of Dan Chaon), as well as nonfiction including recent works such as Alison Weir's The Lady in the Tower, Lynne Olson's Citizens of London, Kenneth Slawenski's
J.D. Salinger, A Life
, and Amanda Foreman's A World on Fire—all of these national bestsellers. Ms. Porter lives in New York with her husband, investment banker James Mott Clark, Jr., and their daughters, Alexandra and Lansing.

Mark Evan Schwartz, Associate Professor of Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, is an award winning screenwriter with credits on over a dozen produced feature films, television shows, and TV movies. Starting out as a Production Assistant for Francis Coppola, he went on to become Story Analyst for the Geffen Company, Story Editor for Galactic Films MGM, and Head of Story and Development for Nelson Entertainment, international distributor of such blockbusters as When Harry Met Sally and Best Picture Oscar winner The Last Emperor. His screenwriting credits include Little Men (Warner Brothers Family Entertainment) and Star Quest (Concorde/New Horizons), produced by the legendary Roger Corman. He can be seen as a special feature talking head on the 15th Anniversary DVD of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogsand the Blu Ray DVD of Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical Camelot. His critically acclaimed book How to Write: A Screenplay(Continuum Int’l, New York & London) is currently in its second edition.  Mark will be conducting a workshop and is accepting writing samples for critique during
the Workshop. For more information on Mark and his work, Click Here!



For complete information about about manuscript critiques by agents and editors, as well as
guidelines for submissions for three limited registration workshops being offered this year,
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