Transcript of panel discussion: How to Get the Best Agent

The Million Dollar Book Contract: How to Get (the BEST) Agent

On April 25, 2006, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presented a panel discussion featuring four top literary agents sharing their expertise on how to land a book contract.


Sloan Harris has worked in the book department of International Creative Management for 16 years, specializing in narrative nonfiction and literary fiction. Clients include Jeffrey Goldberg, Hampton Sides, Doug Stanton, Susan Casey, George Pelecanos, James McManus, Anthony Lane, and Anthony Swofford, among others.

Dorian Karchmar is a literary agent at the William Morris Agency where she specializes in literary fiction and creative nonfiction. Clients include Jennifer Haigh, Eric Puchner, Dr. Sharon Moalem and Scott Heim.

Ayesha Pande launched Lyons & Pande International last fall with her partner Jennifer Lyons, and was previously an editor at Crown Publishers, HarperResource and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Clients include Malaysian writer Preeta Samarasan as well Pakistani American writer Sheba Karim.

Ira Silverberg is a literary agent at Donadio & Olson. Prior to that, he worked in publishing in various capacities at Grove Weidenfeld, High Risk Books/Serpent’s Tail and Grove Press. Clients include Christopher Sorrentino, Rene Steinke, Kate Spade, Lawrence Chua, R. Zamora Linmark.

Quang Bao, Moderator, is the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Click here to read the transcript of the panel