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The Business of Being an Author: Finding and Working with an Agent

  • Ludington Public Library 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010 United States (map)

Please join a panel of experienced literary agents who will talk about finding and working with the literary agent who’s right for you. Agents Anne Bohner, Dana Murphy, Eric Smith, and Sarah Yake represent and seek a wide variety of writing and writers. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Authors Guild, it will be hosted by the Authors Guild Philadelphia Chapter co-chairs Janet Benton and Sally Wiener Grotta. There will be time for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.

Please contact a co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Authors Guild, Sally Wiener Grotta (sally@sallywienergrotta.com) or Janet Benton (janet.thewordstudio@gmail.com), for further information.

About the Panelists

Anne Bohner is the founder of Pen & Ink Literary is a boutique, full-service agency. Prior to founding the agency, Anne was a senior editor with New American Library (a Penguin imprint) and a junior editor at Bantam Dell (a Random House division), where she worked with many New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Her current clients include renowned photographer H.S.H. Prince Alexi Lubomirski, local favorite Kelly Simmons, Suzanne Palmieri, and the health and wellness expert Aimee Raupp, among others.

Dana Murphy began her career assisting agents Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed. In 2015, The Book Group was founded, and Dana began building her own list there. Dana seeks upmarket and literary fiction for adults and young adults and smart narrative nonfiction and essay collections about pop culture, science, feminism, race, gender, film and television, music, comedy, religion, and place. She is particularly interested in journalism-based nonfiction that looks at cultural phenomena through a new lens and in marginalized voices advocating for change. Dana’s client list includes literary-fiction authors such as bestseller Danya Kukafka and 2018 Center for Fiction Fellow Alexandra Tanner, as well as culture writers such as Blythe Roberson, Margaret Eby, and Claire Comstock-Gay (Madame Clairevoyant at The Cut). Born and raised on Long Island, Dana lived in New York City for a decade before moving to Philadelphia last year.

Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary (www.psliterary.com) and a Young Adult author. He's worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, and is actively looking for projects across categories and genres, primarily Young Adult fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction (memoir, cookbooks, pop culture, history), and select sci-fi and fantasy. When he isn't busy working on books, he writes his own. His next books include Reclaim the Sun, a novel due out with Inkyard Press in 2020, and a story in Color Outside the Lines, an anthology being published with Soho Teen this November. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, and corgi. Learn more about his list on his website, www.ericsmithrocks.com. 

Sarah Yake has been an agent with the Frances Collin Literary Agency since 2005. She manages the foreign and subsidiary rights sales for all of the agency’s clients, including the estates of Rachel Carson, John Williams and Esther Forbes. Her own clients include Sarah Blake, Nadine Darling, Kirsten Kaschock, Christopher Merkner, Ann S. Epstein, and Wendy Sparrow. Prior to becoming an agent Sarah managed a bookstore (remember Encore Books?) and was a sales rep for Random House. She holds an M.A. in English literature from West Chester University and has a few obscure poetry publishing credits to her name. She can be found on Twitter @slyyake Publishers Marketplace and  Manuscript Wish List.