Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the third post of our Publishing U series, agent Kathleen Ortiz tells authors the slush pile isn’t the worst place to splash down. Her client, Virginia Boecker, warns authors not to sign with the first agent who says yes—at least, not without doing due diligence.
On Sunday, Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the Printz-winning Ship Breaker (2010), stopped by the Booklist booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to talk about his new book, The Water Knife. Our conversation has been edited for length.