1. SBWC: Working with an Editor Panel


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    Tuesday, June 11th at 4pm Moderated by Barnaby Conrad III Writing a book is a solitary effort for most us, but at a certain point in the publishing process we will need or be required an editor. What questions should a writer ask before agreeing to work with an editor? What should the editor know about the writer? Also, when and how do you disagree respectfully? Panelists will share their experiences working together on everything from copyediting to plotting. Panelists include: Kat Brzozowski Kat Brzozowski is an associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press, after interning at top literary agencies including Writers House, and Foundry Literary + Media. Her forthcoming acquisitions include Blood Orange, a P.I. mystery set in Santa Barbara, California; Blonde Ops, pitched as The Devil Wears Prada meets James Bond for teens; and The Evidence Room, a police procedural set in the Florida bayou. She is eager to acquire young adult fiction, especially contemporary fiction with a strong female protagonist; light, contemporary YA with a great hook; mysteries, suspense, and thrillers; horror; and sci-fi. She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal (in the vein of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me).In adult fiction, Kat loves literary mysteries (Tana French and Kate Atkinson are two of her favorites) as well as suspense, thrillers, and smart, commercial women's fiction. She is also interested in narrative nonfiction and pop culture books with wide appeal. Karen Keskinen Karen Keskinen is the author of Blood Orange, first book in the Jaymie Zarlin mystery series. Set in Santa Barbara, character-driven with a twisting plot, Blood Orange explores the fault lines between privileged and poor and exposes a vein of corruption in a heavenly little city. In Blood Orange, Santa Barbara itself is a character. Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books is the publisher, and the release date is June 4, 2013. Born and raised in Salinas, California, Keskinen has also lived in Wellington, New Zealand, and in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. She now resides in Santa Barbara, in a house perched halfway up a steep hill known to geologists as the Mesa Fault. Erin L. Cox Erin L. Cox develops and represents writers for the company, provides publicity expertise to company clients, offers individualized publicity and promotion services for outside clients, and works with corporate clients including Conde Nast Digital and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Erin was most recently Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker where she oversaw book advertising and developed support for books on the business and editorial sides of the magazine. Erin began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Linda Fairstein, Kathy Reichs, and Al Roker, and critically-acclaimed writers Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, Maile Meloy, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In addition to creating and implementing traditional book campaigns, Erin also worked on the publicity team responsible for innovative e-book initiatives for Stephen King and Robert Jordan. In 2005, Erin was named Associate Director of Publicity at HarperCollins, where she worked on bestsellers by Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, and Tony Hillerman, among others. Sameer Pandya Sameer Pandya is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Other Voices, Epiphany, Ozone Park Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Spin, and The New York Daily News. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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