I was intrigued when Karen Dionne wrote to Writer Unboxed about the upcoming Backspace Agent-Author Seminars: “Two days with 22 top agents on a program of panels
and workshops with plenty of free time to network.” It sounded interesting. So I wrote her back and we decided the best way to get the information out to you was through a Q&A. Enjoy!
Interview with Backspace’s Karen Dionne
Q: What is the Backspace Agent-Author Seminar all about? When is it, where is it, and what are the goals of the event?
KD: The Backspace Agent-Author Seminars are two one-day, back-to-back programs of panel discussions and workshops with only literary agents on the program. This year, the seminars will be held November 6 & 7 at the Radisson Martinique (32nd and Broadway) in New York City.
Authors can register for one day or both. Because there’s no overlap between the programs, if people attend both days, they’ll have the opportunity to meet literally dozens of agents. Registrations are limited to around 150, which makes a favorable author-agent ratio.
At this writing, Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Rachel Vater, Paul Cirone, Scott Hoffman, Eric Myers, Michael Bourret, Jennifer DeChiara, Jennie Dunham, Jessica Faust, Michelle Brower, and Liza Dawson, along with Daniela Rapp, an editor at St. Martin’s, are on the program for Tuesday, and Laney Katz Becker, Janet Reid, Stephany Evans, Caren Johnson, Alex Glass, Lucienne Diver, Jennifer Unter, Miriam Goderich, Kate Epstein, Joe Veltre, Elisabeth Weed, Deborah Grosvenor, and Paige Wheeler with Mark Tavani of Random House are on for Wednesday. The program is still a work in progress, and in the next few weeks, approximately 10 more agents will be added to the faculty.
The goal of the seminars is to create a relaxed, friendly environment in which authors can network, ask questions, talk about their work, and listen and learn from the people who make their living selling books.
Q: Do you have to be a member of Backspace to attend? [Read more…]