Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and nonfiction. In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative nonfiction. She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Rebecca Rasmussen, Dana Gynther, and Michele Young-Stone, among many others.
During the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference, Michelle will sit on Sunday's "Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: 'Agents and Editors'" and serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, which provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for attendees who register for the Manuscript Mart.
What are you reading right now?
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
If you could have a torrid but guilt-free affair with a fictional character, who would it be?
What aspect of craft do you feel you handle especially well, or is especially important to you?
Structure and plot are my favorites, because little changes can have huge effects.
Any memorable rejections?
I remember a lot of them, but not one more than others.
Do you own an electronic reading device?
What’s one thing that bugs you more than anything else when you see it in a piece of writing?
Too many adjectives/words.
Do you steal pens from hotels?
No, they are usually terrible pens.
If you could be a different author, living or dead, who would you be?
I think I’d be Edith Wharton.
Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
Luckily, I don’t write—I just get to help writers.
The Cape Fear Coast is a hotbed for the film industry. In your opinion, what has been the best book-to-screen adaptation?
The Returned by Jason Mott, of course, which will be on TV as Resurrection in March.
What was the worst?
I’ll go with Congo by Michael Crichton. But it might also be so bad it’s good.
What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wished they had?
Never give up, never surrender. It’s useful in intergalactic war, life, AND book publishing.
Please fill in the blank:
I have read SOME of the Harry Potter books.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference is now open.