R213. An Office of One’s Own: Literary Agents on Equality, Gender, and the Business of Creating Books

Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Four literary agents discuss the current publishing industry landscape through the lens of being women. With a spotlight on critical and commercial success of books by women, the marketplace is a thriving environment for women writers, editors, and agents. Topics include getting published without being pigeonholed, approaching the business of publishing as a woman, the online environment as a place of opportunity, and the role agents play in collaborating with and supporting women writers.



Lisa Lucas is the publisher of Guernica, an online magazine of art & politics. She also serves as nonfiction cochair for the Brooklyn Book Festival and she is as an advisory council member for the National Book Foundation and Wordstock.

Duvall Osteen is a literary agent at Aragi Inc., where she represents literary fiction, humor, and narrative nonfiction writers. She holds an MA in Southern cultural studies from the University of Mississippi.

Sarah Smith is a literary agent at the David Black Agency in Brooklyn, where she represents authors of narrative nonfiction, food writing, cookbooks, and literary fiction. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Monika Woods is a literary agent at InkWell Management, where she works on literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction. She writes about her just-finished book at @booksijustread or www.booksijustread.com.

Melissa Flashman is a literary agent at Trident Media Group in New York City. She represents award-winning and bestselling writers including Stephanie Danler, Kristin Dombek, Stanley Fish, David Graeber, and Kate Zambreno. She represents literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir.


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