R241. The Author–Editor Relationship

Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel will explore the relationship between author and editor, from a book’s submission to its acquisition, publication, and beyond. Three best-selling authors and a veteran editor discuss the dynamics of writer-editor partnerships at independent and corporate houses, and at online and print magazines: Has the editorial relationship changed over time? Has technology affected communication? Do editors still edit, or are they too busy selling?



Morgan Entrekin is currently the president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., which publishes general nonfiction, current affairs, history, biography, narrative journalism, fiction, drama, and poetry.

Sherman Alexie is the author of, most recently, War Dances, stories and poems, and Face, poetry. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Elisabeth Schmitz is vice-president and editorial director of Grove/Atlantic Inc. where she has worked for eighteen years as an editor of both fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Margaret Wrinkle is the author of the novel Wash, which was short-listed for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize and nominated for the Crook's Corner Prize for a debut Southern novel. Her award-winning documentary, broken\ground, explores the racial divide in Birmingham, AL

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2013, the Kenyon Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, and McSweeney's. She is a contributing editor at the Oxford American.


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