S122. The Other Side of the Slushpile: Agents on Agenting

Room 502 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The world of literary agents can seem murky and impenetrable to authors beginning the querying process, but it doesn't have to be that way! This panel focuses on candidly exploring how authors and agents actually find each other in the real world. What do agents actually do, why do they do it, and what does it take to get their attention? With an extended question-and-answer session, writers have the opportunity to ask our panel of actively acquiring agents their most burning questions.



April Wolfe is a writer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. An A Public Space Emerging Writer fellow for fiction, she's also the founder and producer of One Axe Plays, a film and theater collective and quarterly showcase of new works written and directed by women. She's now completing her first novel.

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers, and narrative nonfiction. Follow him @NoahBallard.

Michelle Brower is an agent with Folio Literary Management, where she specializes in literary fiction, book club fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Her authors include Jason Mott, Tara Conklin, Rebecca Rasmussen, and many others.

Erin Harris

Nicole Tourtelot


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