Nov. 9: Literary agent to discuss publishing industry

taryn-fagernessPULLMAN, Wash. – Literary agent and alumna Taryn Fagerness will share publishing industry insider tips at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Honors Hall Lounge as part of the free, public Department of English Visiting Writer Series at Washington State University.

She will discuss her experience and provide information about how to sell work to the literary market, how to secure an agent and how to break into the publishing industry.

She was a founding editor of the WSU literary journal Landescapes in 1999. After graduating from the Honors College in 2002, she attended the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and worked at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in Del Mar, Calif., as an agent and subsidiary rights manager.

Taryn Fagerness Agency was established in March 2009. Fagerness has sold hundreds of books to domestic and foreign markets, including work by Jennifer Armentrout, Lisa See, Amy Tan, Neal Shusterman, Charles Mann, Irvin Yalom, Keith and Brooke Desserich, Cayla Kluver, Chloe Palov, Matthew Dicks, Jack Andraka, Kimberly Derting and many more.

She has experience selling subsidiary rights for New York Times bestselling authors, first time authors and everyone in between in nearly all genres, including literary fiction, thriller/suspense, commercial fiction, romance, history, self-help, business and children’s. She handles all aspects of selling foreign rights from international fair-going to submission, negotiating and tracking titles through publication and beyond.

The talk is cosponsored by the WSU Honors College. The series will feature performance poet Rebecca Gayle Howell on Feb. 23. Learn more at


News media contacts:
Debbie Lee, WSU Department of English (, 509-335-6812,
Karli Pound, WSU Visiting Writers Series intern,


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