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Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Landing and Working with an Agent with Kirby Kim

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Agents, Business of Writing, Editing, Publishing

About the Session

For industry newcomers, the process of getting your book agented and working with that agent to get it edited and picked up can be mysterious and daunting.  What are agents looking for and what do they want from a client? What do you want from your agent, once you get one? And what should your working relationship look like? In this session, particiants explore the process of landing an agent and working with them once you have an agent. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

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.