Meet Lauren Bieker, Agent at Fine Print Literary Agency
We are pleased to have Lauren Bieker with us at the 2018 Pennwriters Conference. Lauren will be participating in pitch appointments, the session “The Voice: Query Edition,” the agent/editor panel discussion, and the Friday evening read & critiques. In her workshop “Narrative Voice,” she’ll analyze the use of voice in narrative and show how writers can use that analysis to make their work sing.
Lauren is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select dystopian science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. She appreciates great storytelling and is a “sucker” for outstanding writing and convincing characters. While primarily interested in fiction, she will consider nonfiction proposals related to the world of fashion.
Pennwriters: What advice do you have for writers?
Lauren: My biggest advice to writers is to not be afraid of edits and critique from agents/editors. It is such a crucial part of the business and the best books come from great author/editor/agent relationships. Even during the writing process, it’s important to not only edit one’s own manuscript, but to find a community of beta readers. Agents and editors have so much reading on their plates at all times, that what an author should be sending is as polished as they can possibly make it. Then it’s our job to help boost it to the next level.
Pennwriters: What’s your favorite part of your job? The least favorite?
Lauren: My favorite part of my job is…..all of it! Seriously though, I enjoy reading queries and evaluating manuscripts. I enjoy connecting with authors and helping them develop their novels. I’m a fairly editorial agent, so I find it so fun to have the first initial editing conversations with a new client. I guess maybe my least favorite part is occasionally doing some of the administrative work for our agency. However, even that, however stressful at times, has taught me so much about how the publishing business works that I am grateful for the work.
Pennwriters: What are some books that have made a vivid and lasting impression on you?
Lauren: The most recent books that I’ve read that have made a big impression on be are The Hate U Give, My Absolute Darling, Her Body and Other Parties, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Bad Feminist, Hunger (anything by Roxane Gay) and Tyler Johnson Was Here (which I have only just started but I expect it will be part of this list). I also will always be moved by Kurt Vonnegut’s books and I adore Toni Morrison.
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Online registration ends May 15th, 2018 at midnight. Onsite registrations taken after that date.
All meal options end May 9th, 2018 at midnight.