“I’m very hands on and very much looking for a partnership! I am very open and transparent. Questions are always welcome and there is no such thing as a stupid question in my book.” -Leah Pierre
Every year, the Writers’ League of Texas brings a faculty of close to thirty agents, editors, and other industry professionals to Austin for its Agents & Editors Conference. As we look ahead to the 28th Annual A&E Conference, taking place September 17-19, 2021, we’re happy to share Q&As with some of our faculty here.
An Interview with Leah Pierre
A Texas native, Leah Pierre moved to the East Coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. She graduated from Rosemont College in 2019 with her Bachelor’s in English and History. Not long after, she joined the Ladderbird Literary Agency as a Junior Agent in October of the same year. Leah gained her experience through interning for an online literary arts journal, through various mentorships with industry professionals, and through years of research on the industry’s methods, trends, and issues. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Publishing at her alma mater and is expected to graduate in 2022. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and tv shows she is always behind on.
Scribe: How would you describe your personal approach to working with an author?
Leah Pierre: I’m very hands on and very much looking for a partnership! I am very open and transparent. Questions are always welcome and there is no such thing as a stupid question in my book. I also love being a sounding board if you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of.
Scribe: What do you look for in a debut author?
LP: Flexibility, openness, and patience! They should be open to and willing to act on constructive criticism and feedback. Also, they should be aware that a lot of publishing is a waiting game.
Scribe: What’s one piece of advice you find yourself giving to others time and time again?
LP: Lately, comparison is the thief of joy.
Scribe: What excites you the most about the publishing industry today?
LP: The rise of diversity, especially in the SFF space. There is still a long way to go but there’s been so much added just within the last two years alone that it makes me hopeful there will be more to come.
Scribe: Tell us about a recent book/project that you worked on that excited you and want everyone to know about?
LP: Ahh, there’s a lot as my authors are constantly coming up with new ideas! But I guess the latest thing I’ve worked on is a Mulan-esque, We Hunt the Flames, and She Who Became the Sun project. I’m super excited about–the worldbuilding and characters are just so compelling and vivid that I just fall right into the story.
Click here for more information on the 2021 Agents & Editors Conference, a weekend long event in Austin, TX (September 17-19) that focuses on the craft of writing, the business of publishing, and building a literary community.