F318. Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of the Publishing Industry

Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


You've finally completed your novel. But, like many authors, you're concerned that your manuscript might not find the right home. How do agents, editors, and publicists decide which authors to take a chance on? Does the literary market dictate their decisions or do they go with their gut? In this panel, industry giants reveal the key to marketable manuscripts, authors they enjoy working with, and the questions you need to be asking to ensure that your book gets the right treatment.



D.M. Hedlund published her first novel at eighteen, using the experience to found Tethered by Letters (TBL), the international literary nonprofit in 2007. Currently, she is the CEO of TBL and the Editor-in-Chief of the literary and art collection, F(r)iction Series.

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

Kristin Dwyer got her start in publishing in 2005 at the Penguin Group. In 2007 she joined Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and handled a wide range of titles from celebrity memoirs to romance. She started LEO PR, a freelance publicity company in January 2017.

Rachel Ekstrom Courage is an agent at Folio Literary Management with a background in book publicity from her previous work at Penguin and St. Martin's Press. She represents voice-driven, upmarket fiction, with a particular interest in psychological thrillers and suspense.

Amanda Annis joined Trident Media Group as an agent in 2015. Previously, she was an editor at Penguin Random House where she worked on New York Times bestsellers, Oprah selections, and award-winning books. 


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