F181. What Agents Want, Sponsored by The Authors Guild

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The author-agent relationship is one of the most important in a writer’s professional life. But how does it come about, and what are the keys to making it work? A panel of seasoned literary agents will discuss how an author should go about finding and choosing an agent, the fundamentals of the author-agent relationship, how to pitch a project to publishers, dissolving the author-agent relationship, what agents are really looking for in authors, and more.



Paul W. Morris is Vice President of Programs & Outreach at The Authors Guild. The former Director of Literary Programs and Outreach at PEN America, Morris was also an associate editor at Viking Penguin, and from 2004 to 2011 he was General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at BOMB magazine.

Jeff Kleinman is a founding partner of Folio Literary Management. He serves on the boards for Writer House and the Southern NH University MFA program. Clients include bestselling authors Garth Stein, Elizabeth Letts, Charles Shields and Mollie Katzen, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey.

Anjali Singh is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. She was previously an editor at Vintage Books, HMH, Simon & Schuster, and Other Press. She represents adult and YA literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and graphic novels for all ages.

Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent in early 2017, after a decade as an editor of bold new voices in literary fiction and nonfiction at Riverhead Books and Henry Holt & Co.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center