F298. Working With Your First Editor

Room 207B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


You've finished your work and sent it off. In due course your piece arrives back in your inbox, covered in red. What if you don't agree with the edits? How do you know if you're dealing with a smart editor or a moron? What insights can an editor provide about you and your work? How do you know when your work is "ready" to be submitted, and whether you should work with a freelance editor? These and other questions are explored in a nuts-and-bolts panel discussion.



Jeff Kleinman is a founding partner of Folio Literary Management. He serves on the boards for Writer House and the Southern NH Univ. MFA program. Clients include bestselling authors Garth Stein, Elizabeth Letts, Charles Shields, and Mollie Katzen, and Pulitzer Prize–finalist Eowyn Ivey.

Barbara Jones is an executive editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she acquires and edits fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. She was previously the editorial director at Hyperion Books, and previous to that, a longtime magazine editor, at Harper’s, Vogue, Real Simple, and elsewhere.

Judy Sternlight, founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and cofounder of 5E, the independent editors' collective, was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and The Modern Library. She edited The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill, and teaches at the Center for Fiction in New York City.

Ayesha Pande is a literary agent who has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School.


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