Meet the Editor and Agent Via Zoom

Tues-Weds, Apr 13-14, 2021

Registration deadline is April 2, but appointments are first-come, first-served.

Emory faculty are invited to apply for individual consultations as part of this annual event that typically brings publishing experts to campus. While the in-person campus visit and panel discussion have been canceled due to campus gathering and visitor restrictions during the pandemic, our "guest" editor and agent have agreed to conduct two days of individual faculty project consultations via Zoom videoconference.

Faculty authors will have opportunities to meet one-on-one via Zoom videoconference with Michelle Tessler of The Tessler Agency and Katie Van Heest of Tweed Editing. This is a tremendous opportunity to make an impression and connection, as well as gain some valuable insight and feedback on work in progress, which 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 ( no later than Friday, April 2. Our "visiting" editor and agent will review the summaries before the scheduled consultations. This brief description of your book should

  • be two pages maximum
  • include abbreviated biographical information
  • include your 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). 

Michelle Tessler has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before forming the agency, Michelle worked at William Morris and the prestigious literary agency Carlisle & Company (now Inkwell Management). She also spent seven years working in content and business development in the Internet industry, beginning in 1994 when she was hired by best-selling author James Gleick to help launch The Pipeline. In light of the digital opportunities that are transforming publishing, Michelle's experience in the Internet world is of great benefit to her authors, both as they navigate ebook and "audio original" opportunities, and as they look for creative and effective ways to market their books to niche communities that can be targeted online. Michelle specializes in literary fiction as well as non-fiction, including narrative, biography, history, popular science, psychology, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is drawn to distinctive, original voices. 

Katie Van Heest, PhD, is an academic editor specializing in the humanities. Her developmental and copyediting services are retained by professors and independent researchers. Through her practice, Tweed Editing, she has edited for university presses, research centers, and scholarly societies. She has a PhD in religion from Claremont and a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago. Katie has served on the boards of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures and Textbook and Academic Authors Association. Judging the Portland Regional Spelling Bee every spring is the most fun she has all year.

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