Apr 22-23: Meet the Editor and Agent

Monday – Tuesday April 22-23, 2019 

Emory faculty are invited to Meet the Editor and Agent, an annual event that brings experts in publishing to campus, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

Please join us on for an illuminating panel discussion and Q&A session with Andrew Kinney, General Editor at Harvard University Press, and Elias Altman of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. Our expert guests will discuss trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing.

Public Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 23 noon

Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Visiting editor and literary agent will discuss the changing landscape of scholarly publishing and current trends. 

Faculty authors will have also opportunities to meet one-on-one with Mr. Kinney or Mr. Altman during the visit to discuss individual projects and proposals. This is a tremendous opportunity to make an impression and connection that will help faculty get their work into publication.

To register for an individual consultation, please submit a short summary or abstract of your book project to Allison Adams (aadam02@emory.edu) no later than April 12. Our visiting editor and agent will review the summaries before their visit to campus. This brief description of your book should be two pages maximum and include some abbreviated biographical information. Please also include contact information. A limited number of these slots are available and they tend to fill up quickly, so make your appointment request early (first come, first served).

Elias Altman joined the Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agency in 2018. He interned at the Huffington Post in 2006 and graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in art history and English in 2007. Having co-founded the still-active student newspaper, The Water Tower, during his senior year, Altman moved to New York City to work for one of his heroes, Lewis Lapham. Altman served as a senior editor at Lapham’s Quarterly for seven years, working on the magazine’s first thirty issues and editing anthologized essays by writers like Anne Fadiman, Pico Iyer, Simon Winchester, and Michael Wood. In 2015 he became an agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (now Aevitas Creative Management), and three years later he joined Massie & McQuilkin. Altman has written criticism and personal essays for, among other publications, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation, the Georgia Review, and Vogue. As an agent Altman specializes in sharp, moving narratives featuring psychological insight, timeless themes, and strong characters, whether in reported non-fiction, popular history, memoir, or literary fiction.

Read Altman’s essay for Vogue magazine

Andrew McKinney is a general editor at Harvard University Press. He works with writers to produce fresh, provocative books that cross disciplinary boundaries and speak to a diverse readership. In the humanities, his interests are wide-ranging: environmental studies, American studies, music, and global and cultural history. In psychology, anthropology, cognitive studies, and related disciplines in the social and human sciences, he seeks projects that explore behavior and development across the lifespan and under a variety of circumstances—in families and communities, in business and work, among voters and political figures, for example—and deal with such issues as violence, aging, health, poverty, and gender. In education, he welcomes manuscripts that address the many practical problems that faculties, students, and administrators face as the role of higher education changes, and as the methods and materials of both instruction and research evolve.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Allison Adams, CFDE, at 727-5269 or aadam02@emory.edu to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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