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Saturday, April 30 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
6B: Non-Fiction Idea Clinic LIMITED

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In this session, the moderator (an established writer) will offer a brief preamble of the art of the non-fiction idea. Then, you will get two minutes to share your own idea for a non-fiction book for the audience, the moderator, and a panel of experts. The experts are agents and/or editors with years of experience working with non-fiction writers to turn their book proposals into reality. After you read your idea (preferably from a text you have prepared and brought with you!), the agents and editors will ask you follow-up questions and troubleshoot your idea. You will discuss issues of platform, expertise, the viability of the idea itself, and other elements of the non-fiction market. Please note that presenters will be chosen at random from names submitted in a hat at the start of the session. Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that your name will be called. This is a fun event that aims to be respectful of your idea and illuminate the process a writer goes through when she is developing an idea with an agent and/or editor. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate your ideas and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit.

Though most people will be reading ideas for full-length books, you may also read an idea for a feature story or article to assess its viability with the panel of experts.

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Ethan Gilsdorf

Journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher and geek Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. A former Paris-based food and film critic and travel writer, and now based in Providence, RI, Gilsdorf covers and comments on pop culture, the arts, travel, media, and... Read More →
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Daniel Loedel

Editor, Scribner
Daniel Loedel is an Associate Editor at Scribner. Prior to joining Scribner he worked at Atria Books, where he edited Damien Lewis, Kevin Costner, Crawford Award-winner Genevieve Valentine, and Lucy Cavendish Prize-winner Catherine Chanter. His forthcoming titles at Scribner include The Vanishing Velazquez by Laura Cumming, Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, and The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts by Laura Tillman. He is interested... Read More →
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Leah Miller

Editor, Rodale Books
Leah Miller is a senior editor at Rodale Books. She is interested in smart, entertaining writing particularly in the fields of memoir, social issues, health, food, travel, and family. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, Leah previously worked as an editor at the Crown Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster, and also at Sterling Lord Literistic in both domestic agenting and foreign rights. Among the bestselling and... Read More →
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Ayesha Pande

Literary Agent, Pande Literary
Ayesha Pande launched her literary agency ten years ago. Before that she held editorial positions at HarperCollins, Crown, and Farrar Straus. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author’s Representatives) and PEN. She is proud to represent international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Pen/Bingham Prize winner Danielle Evans, YA author Sheba Karim, thriller writer Layton Green, and others. Her interests include literary and popular... Read More →
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Jessica Papin

Literary Agent, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill Room

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