Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management loves to champion the careers of debut authors. Primarily she represents literary fiction, book club fiction, YA, and select narrative non-fiction. She’s always on the look-out for the next break-through voice!
More from Erin from Folio’s website:
My life in publishing began in 2007, when I interned for the literary agent William Clark of WM Clark Associates. In 2008, I joined the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, where I first experienced the thrill of advocating for books I believed in and writers I admired. I worked there for four and a half years, representing my own projects and selling subsidiary rights on behalf of the agency.
Early on, it became apparent to me that there was a need for agents who could think like writers. I’d studied literature in college, but I was eager to hone my creative and editorial skills. This desire led me to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School. There I studied fiction and non-fiction with Susan Cheever, Sigrid Nunez, Ann Hood, and James Lasdun. I now see myself as a kind of interpreter, an agent conversant in both the language of the writer and the language of the industry, whose job it is to help you navigate publishing’s shifting landscape.
Outside of the office, I’m an active participant in New York’s literary community. I’m a member of PEN American Center and Women’s Media Group, as well as a founder and host of H.I.P. Reading Series.
What I’m Looking For:
I’m looking for literary fiction, book club fiction, YA, and select narrative non-fiction.
Regarding FICTION for adults, I’m especially interested in:
- Novels set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture. I’m someone who believes fiction has much to teach us about history, psychology, and anthropology. (I’m a huge fan of Zadie Smith, Orhan Pamuk, Nicole Krauss, Chris Cleave, Sue Monk Kidd, Donald Ray Pollock, and Salman Rushdie.)
- Novels that incorporate some kind of surreal or magical element. (I can’t get enough of novels in the vein of Karen Russell’sSwamplandia!, Téa Obrecht’s The Tiger’s Wife, and Karen Thomson Walker’s The Age of Miracles.)
- Novels with mystery and suspense in their DNA, or ones with a noir aesthetic. (Think: Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lawrence Block.)
Regarding YA, I’m interested in:
- Contemporary, voice-driven novels that approach the universal experience of being a teenager from a surprising or an unlikely perspective (Some favorite authors: John Green, David Levithan, and Peter Cameron).
- Though I enjoy some paranormal romances (Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, and Lauren Oliver’s Delirium), I’m currently shying away from representing anything involving angels, chimera, Greek gods, and dystopias. I am, however, open to YA books with highly original supernatural concepts or undertones.
1. I’m drawn to adventure narratives, particularly those in which physical and spiritual journeys become intertwined (Jon Krakauer’sInto Thin Air, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild).
2. I also enjoy memoirs that illuminate another culture or explore cross-cultural conflict (Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel).
3. I’m fascinated by “big idea” books that reveal underlying yet unexpected truths about our society (Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, Susan Cain’s Quiet).
Regardless of genre, I gravitate toward books that have both compelling concepts and impeccable, stop-you-in-your-tracks writing. Give me a topic or an idea that I can’t wait to tell editors about – and that I can explain clearly and succinctly. Give me prose that leaps off the page. I’m a real sucker for sentences that demand to be read aloud.
Also, I should mention that I love bad-ass female protagonists across the board.