Countdown to the Muse: Micro-Interview 2 (Erin Harris)

Just a sweet sixteen days to go until The Muse and the Marketplace. This is the second in a series of micro-interviews by an author, agent or editor who will be attending the event.  

Micro-Interview with Erin Harris

  1. What is the toughest criticism to give or receive on writing?
    Telling a writer she needs to make significant cuts to her work is often challenging.  As someone who has been through a creative writing MFA program, I know firsthand how difficult and daunting it can be to kill your darlings. But it can also be liberating!  I try to emphasize this aspect of things when I recommend cuts to my authors.

  2. What do you think is the future of digital vs. printed media for the publishing industry?
    I think books will continue to thrive in both formats, however my sense is the digital space is only going to grow over time.  With hope, e-books will continue to open up more opportunities for experimentation and innovation with regard to narrative form.

  3. What is the strangest place you've ever been?
    The Muse & The Marketplace Conference.  Just kidding!  The strangest place I've ever been is probably in my own head.

  4. What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to writers?
    Don't underestimate the importance of your book's premise.  Spend more time refining and defining the concept of your book before you start to write it.

Join Erin and other authors, agents, and editors in a pair of live Tweetchats from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on April 24th and 29th.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary fiction, book club fiction, contemporary YA, and select narrative non-fiction titles. Some of her clients include: Time magazine contributor and former Newsweek correspondent Carla Power, Executive Editor of The New Criterion David Yezzi, and the novelists Bryan Furuness and Jennifer Laam. Erin began her career in publishing in 2008 and has worked for both William Clark of WM Clark Associates and Irene Skolnick of the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and her BA in literature from Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

About the Author

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