S132. Without Representation: Authors Who Sold Their Literary Debuts Without an Agent

Room 518, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


A literary agent can be a writer's closest ally in the publishing business, but is your career sunk if you don't have one? Four authors who sold their literary debuts to traditional publishers on their own, and then went on to sign with agents, discuss their publishing experiences with and without representation.



Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, the Rumpus, PANK, and elsewhere.

Will Chancellor is the author of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall. He is working on a new novel, To Test the Meaning of Certain Dreams.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the forthcoming Bruja. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Hazlitt, the Nervous Breakdown, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Rumpus, and other journals.

Chelsea Hodson is the author of the chapbooks Pity the Animal and Beach Camp. She is an MFA nonfiction candidate at Bennington College and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow.


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