From Slush to Sale: Literary Agents Explain it All

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Literary agents are often called "gatekeepers" of the publishing industry, but we prefer to think of ourselves as "gate-openers." This panel aims to demystify the most opaque parts of traditional book publishing, beginning with the "slush pile" (unsolicited manuscripts) and ending far past "on-sale" (when a book is published). Literary agents wear many hats, but one of our most important jobs is to translate the industry for writers at every stage of their career, starting here.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_2023_-_From_Slush_to_Sale.pdf



Danya Kukafka is the author of the nationally bestselling novels Notes on an Execution and Girl in Snow. She works as a literary agent with Trellis Literary Management.

Iwalani Kim is an associate literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She represents adult upmarket and literary fiction and select narrative nonfiction. Her clients include Megan Kamalei Kakimoto, Patricia Patterson, Reena Shah, and Tina Vasquez.

Annie Hwang is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary where she represents literary fiction with teeth and mission-driven nonfiction. Her authors include John Paul Brammer, Franny Choi, Lilly Dancyger, and Sequoia Nagamatsu.

Stephanie Delman spent ten years building her list at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates before cofounding Trellis Literary Management in the fall of 2021. She represents literary, upmarket, and genre-bending adult fiction, including Zakiya Dalila Harris, Jenny Tinghui Zhang, Julia Fine, and more.


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