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2013 SCWR faculty member Charles F. Adams on “Writing Literary Fiction That Sells”  

–  as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Erin Harris

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“I’m looking for something that gets the reader connected to the story in the first pages. Usually, that’s voice. I love it when a writer does something that sneaks up on me and that I wasn’t expecting. The other thing I look for is a book’s potential to reach readers. A book can be beautifully written, and I’ll sometimes even finish it, but if i’ts not big enough to connect with a great many readers, and I can’t see a way to make it better, even though I loved the book, I’ll usually pass.” — Charles. F. Adams


chuck adams2Chuck Adams is executive editor at Algonquin Books, having joined the imprint in 2004. Previously he worked at Simon & Schuster, Dell/Delacorte, Macmillan, and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

In a career that has spanned more than four decades, and that has focused on narrative fiction and non-fiction, he has worked with a diverse list of writers, including Mary Higgins Clark, Jackie Collins, Johnny Evison, Scott Eyman, Sandra Brown, James Lee Burke, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Goolrick, Joe McGinniss, Kinky Friedman, Joseph Heller, Barbara Delinsky, Sara Gruen, Charles Portis, Brock Clarke, and Alan Shapiro.Dunaway, Kitty Dukakis, Neil Simon, and Sarah Ferguson.He is a graduate of Duke University and the Duke School of Law; he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Erin-Harris-Folio-Photo-3Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, and YA.

She represents: 2015 National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine, Rona Jaffe Award Fiction Winner Natalie Haney Tilghman, historical novelist Jennifer Laam, YA BEA Buzz Panel Author Marie Marquardt, and YA psychological suspense novelist Emiko Jean, among others.

Erin enjoys working with both debut and established authors and is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the New School.

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