“Read, read, read. Develop a community of writers around you.” –Cherise Fisher, Wendy Sherman Associates
The 2023 Agents Symposium is a year-long program of monthly events with literary agents – taking writers step by step along the journey to publication. We’re happy to share Q&As with some of our featured agents here. To register for Cherise Fisher’s presentation on June 24th on “Comparison Titles: The Company You Will Keep,” click here.
An Interview with Cherise Fisher
Cherise Fisher began her career in publishing more than 25 years ago. Over the course of her career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and Editor in Chief of Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House), she has edited and published several national bestselling and award winning authors. As an agent, she is interested in working with novelists who have multiple compulsively readable yarns in their head (both historical and contemporary), memoirists who showcase the diversity of human experience, and non-fiction writers who seek to provoke, inspire, and educate. Her intention is that all the books she helps bring into the world are relevant, enduring, and help readers maximize their life.
Scribe: How would you describe your personal approach to working with an author?
Cherise Fisher: Comprehensive support through the entire process.
Scribe: What do you look for in a debut author?
CF: Passion, Discipline, and several more books forming in their mind.
Scribe: What’s one piece of advice you find yourself giving to others time and time again?
CF: Read, read, read. Develop a community of writers around you.
Scribe: What excites you the most about the publishing industry today?
CF: There is such a diversity of publishers — small, large, independent, regional. Lots of options.
Scribe: Tell us about a recent book/project that you worked on that excited you and you want everyone to know about?
CF: All of my books excite me– otherwise I wouldn’t take them on.
Click here for more information on the 2023 Agents Symposium, an event that focuses on the craft of writing, the business of publishing, and building a literary community.