From Query to Representation: How to Find (And Sign With) a Literary Agent

March 31 12:00 pm

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From Query to Representation: How to Find (And Sign With) a Literary Agent

March 31 12:00 pm
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About the Event

Please join us for this free virtual event in which we’ll discuss how to find, sign, and work with a literary agent. With expertise from literary agents Eric Smith and Kayla Lightner cover all stages of the agent/writer relationship from figuring out when you’re ready for an agent, how to choose agents to query, what makes for a good (or terrible!) query letter, what to look for in an agent, what to look for in a contract when you’re offered representation, and what to expect from the agent/editor relationship. Register for the event here.

Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author from Elizabeth, New Jersey. As an agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. His own recent novels include the YALSA Best Books for Young Readers selection Don’t Read the Comments (Inkyard Press, 2020), You Can Go Your Own Way (Inkyard Press, 2021), and the anthology Battle of the Bands (Candlewick, 2021), co-edited with award-winning author Lauren Gibaldi. His latest book, Jagged Little Pill: The Novel, was written with Alanis Morissette, Academy award-winner Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard, and is an adaptation of the Grammy and Tony award winning musical.

Kayla Lightner is an agent and rights manager at Ayesha Pande Literary. Prior to joining APL, she was at Liza Dawson Associates. Kayla is a member of the AALA (Association of American Literary Agents) and has served on their DEI committee. She has also served on the Adult Internship Grant committee for We Need Diverse Books. A Georgia native, she earned her B.A. in English from Vassar College. Before finding her way to publishing, she held various positions including a fashion market assistant at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance writer at Creative Loafing Atlanta. 

This virtual workshop will be moderated by the writer and UNLV MFA candidate Krista Diamond.