Wind Up for The Pitch: Meet Erin Harris
As we get ready for the 2018 Pitch Conference (April 20-21) here at the Loft, we're getting to know some of the agents and editors who will be in attendance. They can't wait to hear your pitches and read your work. If you have a finished manuscript to pitch, here's your chance—register now!
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who champions the careers of both debut and established authors, bringing a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice. Outside of the office, she is a co-curator of the Brooklyn-based literary event series H.I.P. Lit and a member of Epiphany Magazine’s board. Erin received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in 2011.
We asked Erin a few questions about books, reading, and her perspective on publishing.
What's the best book (or books) you've read this year?
This is such a difficult question to answer. There are too many!
I’ll limit myself to three: Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties; Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho; and Leni Zumas’s Red Clocks.
What's the most common misconception about agents?
That we enjoy turning down aspiring authors’ manuscripts. Every time I open my query inbox, I’m hoping to find a manuscript or proposal that I’ll fall in love with.
What's the most rewarding part of your job? What's the most difficult part?
The most rewarding part of my job is making a writer’s dreams come true. The most difficult part of my job is time management – can we have more hours in the day, please?
If you could change one thing about publishing, what would it be?
Like many, I hope for publishing to become more diverse and inclusive.
When you aren't out finding the next literary superstar, what keeps you busy?
Curating and hosting the literary event series H.I.P. Lit; going to museums, the movies, and the theater (i.e. being a New Yorker); and reading (naturally)!