Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees, Food and Loathing and The Bridge Ladies. She received an MFA from Columbia University in Poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and was one of PEN's Emerging Writers. She also received the Tony Godwin Publishing Prize for Editors Under 35. After working as an editor for fifteen years, she became an agent and is currently a partner with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. She lives in Connecticut.
Paperback jacket. Coming in May. Hitting the mother daughter angle hard. I finally have thin legs. #thebrideladies https://t.co/mZTI352D39
by @BetsyLerner - 5 days ago
After a cocktail called "French Smile," I am feeling more kindly toward robots and humans.
by @BetsyLerner - 20 days ago
What's worse: talking to a robot or a human. I can't tell anymore.
Feeling like Lena Dunham insofar as I had a q-tip incident this morning.
by @BetsyLerner - one month ago
President Obama on Jimmy Kimmel. Plus new mean tweets.
I Want to Know What Love Is - 3 hours ago
I’ve been getting a lot of fucked up query letters lately. People who clearly haven’t taken six seconds to look at our website and see what I’m interested in. People who come from inside an alien whale pod that hovers strangely above planet earth. One person wrote a six-page single-spaced query letter. Some proposals […]
How About Me Not Blaming You for Everything - yesterday
When I was a young editor and it was my mandate to take agents out to lunch, I found the whole thing really daunting. It was worse than a blind date, though somehow like a blind date. But the worst was when a famous agent asked me to come see her near her office […]
Then You Should Have Put a Ring On It - 3 days ago
One more thing from that stroll down memory lane. One young man asked me how much I read of a manuscript before I reject it. I told the students that after all these years, I pretty much know by the first paragraph. The young man said Ooof. I thought I was demonstrating my confidence as a […]
Michigan Seems Like A Dream to Me Now - 4 days ago
On Wednesday, I was invited to speak to a group of MFA students at Columbia. WHERE I WENT. Let’s talk about PTSD. The first day of graduate school thirty-something years ago, I climbed the steps to Dodge Hall, tripped, fell and all my shit went sprawling. I always felt it was a harbinger of things […]
You Are My Inspiration - 6 days ago
I’m sure I’ve quoted one of my heroes here before, “Loyalty to the family is tyranny to the self.” Or quoted Philip Larkin’s This Be the Verse: They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add […]
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