S281. Agents Without Borders

Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Many writers believe that the only or best literary agents are located on the East Coast, but West Coast agents beg to differ. The major publishing houses may still reside in and around New York City, but major authors live throughout the world, and Pacific Coast agents have found that literary representation outside New York may actually be to an author's advantage. Join this panel of West Coast pros to learn how they navigate a publishing world without borders.



Aimee Liu is author of the novels Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face. Nonfiction works include Gaining and Solitaire. Her short stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, magazines and literary journals. She teaches in Goddard College's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Betsy Amster is a literary agent and president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. Before opening her agency, she spent ten years as an editor at Random House. Her clients include bestselling novelists María Amparo Escandón and Joy Nicholson, MacArthur Fellow Will Allen, and psychologist Elaine Aron.

Angela Rinaldi is president of the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency which was founded in 1994. She held managerial and editorial positions at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. She founded the book publishing program at the Los Angeles Times. She represents both fiction and nonfiction.

Elise Capron is an agent at the Dijkstra Literary Agency, which was established over thirty years ago and represents a wide range of genres. She has been with SDLA for more than a decade, and she is most interested in representing adult literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, particularly history.

Rebecca Friedman has been an agent for twelve years. A graduate of Barnard College, she is interested in commercial and literary fiction with a focus on literary suspense, women’s fiction, romance, young adult, and journalistic nonfiction and memoir. She is looking for great stories told in strong voices.


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