Sarah LaPolla

Agent

Sarah LaPolla is an associate agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She studied creative writing at Ithaca College, and has an MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School. She joined Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2008 as the assistant to the foreign rights department, and became an associate agent in 2010.

Sarah represents both adult and YA fiction. For adult books, she is looking for literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, mystery, literary horror, and has a soft spot for short story collections. On the YA side, she welcomes contemporary/realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, mystery, thriller, and horror. No matter the age of the intended audience, Sarah is drawn to voice-driven narratives and strong protagonists.

Sarah runs a literary blog called Glass Cases (http://bigglasscases.blogspot.com) and can be found on Twitter at @sarahlapolla.

Sarah LaPolla

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 1:30pm

Our most popular session is back! Sometimes brutal, sometimes thrilling, always a great learning experience, SiWC Idol gives you a first-hand look at how agents react when they read the opening page of a submission.

Volunteers submit first pages anonymously for random selection to be read aloud by our host, the inimitable Jack Whyte. Our panel stops the reading when they would stop reading the submission and tells you why, something you'll never know from a "not right for me" rejection letter.

Submissions of first pages can only be handed in at the workshop, and will be selected in random order. They will not be returned, and not all submitted openings will be read.