R178. Literary Agents 101: Insights and Tools for the Business of Writing

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This panel will focus on the publishing process from the agent’s perspective, from a variety of literary agents who represent authors that publish with presses large and small. From the seed of an idea to the lead-up to book publication, we’ll be sharing business insight from the trenches far beyond the “dos and don’ts” in approaching agents. Come join us, and pivot your creative thinking to the business side, as we help you think like an agent developmentally and beyond.



Libby Burton is a senior editor at Henry Holt and her authors include Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Stacey Abrams, Chelsea Hodson, Melissa Broder, and D. Watkins, among others. She is the author of the poetry collection Soft Volcano, selected by Ross Gay.

Sarah Levitt is a literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management who specializes in narrative nonfiction and literary fiction. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists, and musicians, among others.

Monika Woods is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, a writer whose work has been published by Joyland, Catapult, Tyrant, Brooklyn Magazine, and Lit Hub, and an editor at the Triangle House Review. She can be found @booksijustread.

Serene Hakim

Julia Kardon


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center