R285. The Author Platform: A Contemporary Cornerstone of Literary Success

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


These days, agents are largely unwilling to take a chance on an author without a marketing platform. So how will you stand out? Will you create an author website, blog, or social media profile? Or will you attend in-store events, library readings, and podcast recordings? Deciding how to build your author platform is the single most important thing you can do for your writing career. This panel coaches authors to develop their own brand as a representation of their sales potential.



Kaley Kiermayr is Senior Editor and Marketing Director for F(r)iction magazine and literary nonprofit Tethered by Letters. She currently lives in Boston, where she enjoys getting involved with LGBTQ+ literature and writing projects.

Erin Harris is an MFA graduate and a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and young adult. Her clients include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Carla Power; NYT Editor's Choice novelist Daniel Levine; and Pushcart Prize winner Allegra Hyde.

Isaac Marion's debut novel, Warm Bodies became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a major film adaptation. He released the fourth and final book in the Warm Bodies Series in 2018. He currently lives in Seattle where he plays in the band Thing Quartet.

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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