The Publication Process: Writer, Editor, and Agent Connect
With Jackie Kaiser, Pamela Mulloy, Jack Wang, and Janie Yoon.
How do you become a successful debut author? (And how long does it take?)
Join Jack Wang as he talks about the long and winding road to getting his collection of stories We Two Alone published. Jack will compare notes with his editor, Janie Yoon, and his agent Jackie Kaiser, who will help demystify the process. Tune in for a discussion about the small steps that have a big impact, the rejection along the way, and how Jack ultimately landed a publication contract.
Jackie Kaiser is President of Westwood Creative Artists, a Toronto based full-service literary agency that represents a diverse range of writers in the book publishing marketplace, working with co-agents to sell rights in more than 50 countries around the world, well as in the film, television, stage and podcast spaces. Prior to joining WCA, Jackie was Executive Editor at Penguin Books Canada.
Pamela Mulloy is the Editor of The New Quarterly and the Creative Director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press in April, 2018. She has lived in Poland, England and the United States and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
Jack Wang is the author of We Two Alone (House of Anansi, HarperVia), winner of the 2020 Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers’ Union of Canada for best debut collection in English. His fiction has been longlisted for the Journey Prize and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is the recipient of a 2021 Research and Creation Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2014-15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He teaches writing at Ithaca College.
Janie Yoon is Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster Canada, acquiring literary fiction and nonfiction in subjects that include politics, geopolitics, social justice, humanitarian issues, history, biography, memoir, science and technology, and nature and environment. Previously, she was at House of Anansi Press, where she worked with bestselling and award-winning Canadian and international authors such as Tanya Talaga, Gil Adamson, Patrick deWitt, Ins Choi, Jack Wang, Jordan Tannahill, Margaret MacMillan, Lawrence Hill, Ronald J. Deibert, Adam Gopnik, Neil Turok, Douglas Coupland, Behrouz Boochani, Cho Nam-joo, and Sofi Oksanen.