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March Third Thursday: The Author/Agent Relationship

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

3/21/2019 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.


Third Thursday

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78703


Free and Open to the Public


"The Author/Agent Relationship"


If you want to publish a book with a big New York publishing house or imprint (and, increasingly, if you want to publish with a large independent press), you will need a literary agent. The relationship between you and the agent can be crucial to your experience with the publication of your work. But what does that relationship look like? In this panel, four authors will discuss working with their agents. Expect a practical discussion focusing on queries, revision, the submission process, communication with agents, post-publication, and planning out your next book(s).


Jason Gallaher is the author of the picture book, Whobert Whover, Owl Detective and the forthcoming Porcupine Cupid. He loves to create stories that mix the flamboyantly whacky with the slightly dark. When not writing, Jason zips about Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw. He loves dinosaurs, unicorns, dinosaurs riding unicorns, and anything magical that takes you to a different world or time. Also, Anjelica Huston. Jason is a tried and true Hufflepuff, and he is actively looking for an Andalite friend.
Amy Gentry is the author of the novels Last Woman Standing and Good as Gone, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas.
Leila Sales is an author, editor, and book developer. She's written six young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, and, most recently, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, optioned for stage and screen, and received numerous starred reviews. Leila spent the past eleven years at Penguin Random House, where she edited bestselling and award-winning books by authors including Viola Davis, Max Brallier, Gayle Forman, Sally Green, Greg Pizzoli, and more. She is now a book developer working with authors, editors, agents, and other creators to turn their story visions into reality.
Chaitali Sen is a writer and educator based in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, The Pathless Sky, was published by Europa Editions in 2015. Short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brooklyn Magazine, Catapult, Chicago Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Ecotone, LitHub, Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Ohio Review, and many other publications. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction and founder of the interview series, Borderless: Conversations in Art, Action, and Justice.  She is at work on her second novel.