Exploring the Intersection of Literary and Commercial Fiction


Please join us for our next event, a panel discussion cosponsored by


Friday, March 27th, 5 to 7PM

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

58 W 10th Street, New York City

Is it the balance between character and plot or the artful use of language that distinguishes literary from commercial fiction? What successful novels straddle the divide between commercial and literary? Is hitting the sweet spot the key to getting your fiction published? And where does the phenomenon of the crossover YA novel fit in? These questions and more will be examined by our distinguished panel, including:

Amy Einhorn, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Flatiron Books, a new division of Macmillan. She was the editor and publisher of numerous number one New York Times Bestsellers, such as THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett.

Seth Fishman, writer and literary agent at The Gernert Company, is interested in literary and commercial fiction, popular (fun) science, young/middle grade, humor, sci-fi/fantasy, thrillers and graphic novels, and is the author of two young adult books.

Melissa Flashman, literary agent at Trident Media Group. With a career background as a trend spotter and a passion for visionary thinkers, Melissa has established a reputation for representing original writers whose ideas are revolutionizing everything from global finance to the modern family.

Suzanne Gluck, Co-Head of the Worldwide Literary Department at William Morris Endeavor, the largest single provider of authors to the major publishing houses, each year setting the industry standard for New York Times bestsellers.

Moderator: Harriet Shenkman, professor, poet, author and WNBA-NYC board member.

For more information: http://wnba-nyc.org or http://cwp.as.nyu.edu

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The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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