On Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 1:00 PM EDT, Ayesha Pande will be available through Twitter to answer questions about her experiences as an agent and editor. This is the third in a series of Twitter chats with publishing professionals who will participate in James River Writers’ 10th annual conference on Oct. 20-21.
Ayesha has worked in the publishing industry for 10 years. Before becoming an agent, she was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux and held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, PEN, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and sits on the advisory board of the German Book Office. Ayesha has attended numerous writing conferences, including Muse and the Marketplace, Aspen Summer Words, and the Miami Writer’s Institute. She has taught college level courses in editing and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University.
What is Ayesha looking for these days? Her interest include literary and popular fiction, including young adult, women’s, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, economics, popular culture, cultural commentary, memoir, graphic novels, and humor.
Ayesha will be one of the judges during the First Pages Critique and sit on several panels at the 2012 JRW Conference. She is also offering one-one-one meetings with conference registrants.
Here is how the Twitter chat will work:
- If you don’t already have one, open a Twitter account.
- Follow James River Writers (@JamesRvrWriters) and Ayesha (@agent_ayesha) before the chat so that you don’t miss anything.
- Log into Twitter a few minutes before the chat. Enter #JRWC12 in the search box to see the conversation.
- To start the chat, @JamesRvrWriters will post two or three questions for Ayesha to answer. At any time you can submit questions by starting them with @agent_ayesha, or simply ask your question as a status update in Twitter. Either way, be sure to include the hashtag #JRWC12 so your tweets can be tracked and Ayesha can respond.