A panel discussion about dealing with small presses, featuring:
Author, Publisher: Leland Cheuk
Agent, Writer: Katharine Sands
Author, Small Press Reader: David Lewis
A Macdowell colony and Hawthornden Castle fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of three books, most recently, No Good Very Bad Asian was published by C&R press in September 2019. His novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (2015) was also published in translation in China (2018). His work has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, Literary Hub, among other outlets. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at lelandcheuk.com.
Katharine Sands, of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York City has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including both fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2017 in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.
David Lewis is a short story writer with wide interests, but most of his work has elements of horror and/or comedy. He is a reader for Electric Literature's literary magazines Recommended Reading and The Commuter and he occasionally writes for the site Wicked Horror. His primary literary interests are speculative fiction and LGBT+ literature. He is very familiar with many literary magazines and small presses in the US, the UK and Ireland.
Moderator Paul Schmidtberger is an American lawyer and writer. He is currently a law professor at the University of Paris-2. His novel, Design Flaws of the Human Condition, was published by Random House.
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