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Writer, Agent, Editor, Reader: Demystify the Publishing World with Kirby Kim

Date(s): Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s):
Presentation, Lecture
Genre and Form(s): Agents, Business of Writing, Publishing
Cost: $119 Regular, $99 Student

About the Class

This class is designed to help writers navigate the publishing world and the intricate processes. Join agent, Kirby Kim from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, to learn how to take a book or an idea into publication with a general trade house. Kim will talk with participants on common mistakes writers make along the path and discuss how to avoid these pitfalls. This class will demonstrate to writers the realities of publication and working with an agent, including getting a sense of the odds but also how to beat those odds. Learn from an agent in the publishing business how you can become more informed, inspired, and less intimidated by it all.

Meet Your Instructor

A native of Los Angeles, California, Kirby Kim attended Pomona College and got his JD at UC Hastings College of the Law. Kim got his first job in publishing working for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, at that time an affiliate of Sterling Lord Literistic, then moved to Vigliano Associates and WME before joining Janklow & Nesbit Associates.

Kim represents both literary and commercial authors. He’s most interested in receiving manuscripts that straddle the fence a bit, with upmarket expression combined with a genre element or plot device. When it comes to straight literary work, he’s alternatively drawn to rich, sweeping stories that try to encompass a time or a place or tightly written, narratively innovative stories or voices with award potential. His commercial interests include thrillers and mysteries, speculative fiction, and young adult. He also represents a range of nonfiction working with leaders and journalists in the areas of science, culture and current affairs.

Kim is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two kids.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes/about.