You will spend 20 minutes discussing your writing project with the agent. Please submit a 10-page manuscript excerpt (stand-alone, such as a chapter) in advance, preferably no later than 15 June. Please consult the PWW web site for information on manuscript submission guidelines.
April Eberhardt is a literary change agent and author advocate passionate about helping authors be published in the most effective and satisfying way. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, Ms. Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw a strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. Ms. Eberhardt advises and assists authors worldwide, as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, be it indie or traditional, digital or print, and serves as a consultant to new publishing startups.
April holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.
Mark Kessler has been an agent at Susanna Lea Associates since 2002. With offices in Paris, New York, and London, our aim is to work in close collaboration with authors and publishers in order to maximize the potential of each project both domestically and in translation – in print, audio and electronic media -- and, when applicable, for film. The defining characteristics of our list are: authors and projects that have potential on an international level; and a small and eclectic choice of projects, focusing on a select number of projects rather than spread our energies thin. Among the authors that Susanna Lea Associates work with are France’s bestselling novelist Marc Levy, the former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt, philosopher Tzvetan Todorov, the authors behind “How to be Parisian,” or novelists Louisa Hall, Violaine Huisman and Adam Ross.
After studying comparative literature at NYU, Mark worked in contracts and royalties for the French Publishers Agency in New York. in foreign rights at Editions Robert Laffont in Paris, and as a literary scout in New York at Maria Campbell Associates.