F204. Beyond the Book Deal: What Really Happens When a Publisher Signs Up Your Book

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


So much energy goes into landing an agent and publisher that it’s easy to forget the journey truly begins when a book deal is signed. Your book may look unrecognizable by the time it’s in readers’ hands. The title may change. The cover can go through countless iterations. Your editor may suggest several rounds of manuscript revisions. Publishing professionals reveal what really happens on the journey from acquisition to printed book to publication, and how much input an author has along the way.



Maria Gagliano is a cofounder and Business Director of Slice, a nonprofit organization that hosts the Slice Literary Writers' Conference and publishes Slice magazine. She is also a freelance writer and editor specializing in nonfiction. She spent eleven years as an editor at Random House and Penguin.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School.

Matthew Daddona is an associate editor of nonfiction at Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, where he edits in the categories of biography, sports, music, culture, humor, and memoir.

Rakesh Satyal is a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where he focuses primarily on narrative nonfiction. He is also the author of the Lambda Award–winning novel Blue Boy. His second novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name, is forthcoming.

Sarah Bowlin joined Henry Holt in 2010 after several years at Riverhead Books. She focuses on new voices in fiction and nonfiction, and at Holt she works with Sheila Heti, Aria Beth Sloss, Matt Sumell, Helen Phillips, Gabriel Urza, Eric Fair, Rae Meadows, and Scott Cheshire, among others.


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