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Next Sackett Street Event—Tales from the Gate Keeper: A Panel Discussion with Literary Agents—Is 1/27 at BookCourt

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop
Tales from the Gate Keeper: A Panel Discussion with Literary Agents
Mon Jan 27, 7:00PM
Nichole LeFebvre (The Friedrich Agency)
Julia Fierro (SSWW)
Peter Knapp (Park Literary Group)
Monika Verma (Levine Greenberg)
Lucy Carson (The Friedrich Agency)
William Boggess (Barer Literary)

About the Event:

From debut novels to death threats, they’ve seen it all in their slush piles. Get advice from NYC literary agents and learn what to do (and what not to do) when sending a query.

Performer Bio(s):

Nichole LeFebvre joined The Friedrich Agency in spring 2012, after working in editorial at Oxford University Press. In addition to selling audio rights for the agency, she manages foreign sales for select clients including Karen Joy Fowler, Rufi Thorpe, and John Verdon. A Sackett Street alumna, she won The L Magazine’s Literary Upstart contest in 2013 and was featured in their summer fiction issue. Fiction is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins.

William Boggess, Barer Literary, began his career at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, before working at Barer Literary until 2010. After a stint in editorial at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked with renowned authors such as Sam Kean, Alan Weisman, Edna O’Brien, and Tom Wolfe, he has returned to Barer Literary to represent literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lucy Carson, The Friedrich Agency, graduated from The University of Michigan and promptly joined The Friedrich Agency in early 2008, where she is now a full agent as well as the Director of Sub-Rights for the company. In addition to brokering domestic publishing deals for her own clients, Lucy also oversees all foreign and film business for the agency list. During her five years with The Friedrich Agency, Lucy has worked with such authors as Sue Grafton, Lisa Scottoline, Ruth Ozeki, Terry McMillan, Jane Smiley, and Elizabeth Strout. Her list is focused on fiction and (narrative) non-fiction for both adults and teens.

Peter Knapp joined the Park Literary Group in July 2011. He is building his client list with a focus on middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as suspense and thrillers for all ages. He does not represent picture books or nonfiction. Prior to joining Park Literary, he was the story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based film and TV entities. He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in art history.

Monika Verma joined Levine Greenberg in 2006, and represents a wide range of nonfiction book projects. She specializes in humor, pop culture, memoir, narrative nonfiction and style and fashion titles. She loves to work with authors to develop their writing careers, whether that means helping them make the jump from blogger to published author, brainstorming the perfect funny gift book topic, or working with a debut author to showcase a strong narrative voice. Her clients include humorist and actor Nick Offerman; costume designer Janie Bryant (AMC’s “Mad Men”); style and celebrity bloggers Tom & Lorenzo; and writer, illustrator, and blogger Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) Though her list is primarily nonfiction, she also enjoys working on Young Adult fiction, whether it’s paranormal, historical or contemporary.

Julia Fierro is the author of Cutting Teeth, a novel, to be released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2014. Julia’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica Magazine, The Millions, Poets & Writers, Flavorwire, and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. In 2002, Julia founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2000 writers.

Brooklyn Arts Press Reading Period Is Open

They’re looking for fiction and poetry. Here’s the site. And below are the requirements for a chapbook submission:

Reading period: June.

We are now publishing nonfiction, fiction, & poetry chapbooks.

Send all required materials outlined below as a single Word Document or PDF. Apart from your cover letter, which can be pasted into the body of the email, everything else should be included IN ONE DOCUMENT.

Please Include:

-Cover Letter with your name, address, and contact info
-A List of Publications (books, journals, anthologies, online)
-One Paragraph of relevant Biographical Information

Poetry: Up to 10 pages from your poetry manuscript
Nonfiction: One nonfiction piece (essay, lyrical nonfiction, memoir)
Fiction: One story

Email everything to info-at-brooklynartspress.com.


Barney Rosset passed away in February, and this is the definitive biographical documentary on him and Grove Press. I watched it last night, and I learned a lot. I had no idea he was the first to publish Malcolm X and Che Guevara. Or that he had such a propensity for erotica. Or that he produced movies from Sweden. It seems like Grove was at the center of the publishing world in the ’50s and ’60s, and even into the ’70s, and Rosset was larger than life. It struck me how much he smiled and laughed through it all, even when he had to sell off his property to keep things going, and when he eventually lost the press. He seemed pretty youthful even into his 80s. I once corresponded with him, and even though he rejected my writing, he wrote, “Keep going.”