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June Third Thursday: “The Author/Editor Relationship”

June 15, 2023 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

For our June Third Thursday, join us for a conversation exploring the relationship between an author and their editor.

When it comes to traditional publishing, there are a few important relationships that come to mind, but one of the most important is that of an author and their editor. Guided by an editor’s expertise, this relationship will help shape a book into the best version of itself, but what does that process look like on the inside? This conversation will bring together author Katherine Center and her editor Jennifer Enderlin (President and Publisher of the St Martin’s Publishing Group) for an in-depth look at how they navigate the journey from acquisition to publication (and beyond) together and how they approached bringing Center’s latest novel HELLO STRANGER (publishing in July 2023) to life. This conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

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BookPage calls Katherine Center “the reigning queen of comfort reads.” She’s the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including How to Walk AwayThings You Save in a Fire, The Bodyguard, and the forthcoming, Hello Stranger. Katherine writes laugh-and-cry books about how life knocks us down—and how we get back up. She’s been compared to both Jane Austen and Nora Ephron, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Her books have made countless Best-Of lists, including Real Simples Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019, Goodreads’ Best Books of the Year. The movie adaptation of Katherine’s novel The Lost Husband (starring Josh Duhamel) hit #1 on Netflix, and her novel Happiness for Beginners will release this summer as a Netflix original starring Ellie Kemper. Katherine’s summer 2022 book, The Bodyguard, was an instant New York Times bestseller, a People Best New Books pick, and was nominated for Book of the Year by Book of the Month Club. Bestselling author Emily Henry calls The Bodyguard “a shot of pure joy,” and bestselling author Helen Hoang calls it “a perfect feel-good rom-com.” Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.
Jennifer Enderlin is the President and Publisher of the St Martin’s Publishing Group, where she has worked for thirty years. Her career began in editorial, and she has held every position in that space, starting as an editorial assistant at Berkeley Publishing in 1989. She continues to edit a select number of authors, many of whom she has worked with for many years.
Becka Oliver joined the WLT in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than two decades of experience working in newspaper and book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big five” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group — licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and nonfiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.


June 15, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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