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.
Last two movies I went to had fewer than ten people in the audience. If I want to watch movies alone I'll stay home. #creepy
by @BetsyLerner - one month ago
@poetswritersinc @thegloriasirens #agentadvice Sonny Mehta. Is, was, and always will be.
by @BetsyLerner - 3 months ago
#agentadvice Thanks to P&W and everyone. xoxo
#agentanswer sorry, I forgot. It's Sonny Mehta. Was, is, and always will be. https://t.co/IlVeQM8bxv
#agentadvice What starter questions? https://t.co/GoXUgseSW1
The Sun Is the Same in a Relative Way But You’re Older - yesterday
So a writer approaches me with his manuscript. I see that he has fantastic credentials, has published widely and in all the right places. The concept seems muddy to me and I tell him so, describe how I would refocus the project. I think about taking it on, but step aside. Honestly, it feels […]
I Ain’t No Monkey But I Know I Like - 3 days ago
I did an event today with my mother. After the luncheon, I read a small passage from the book and then we took the stage. She in her Eileen Fisher, me in my Uniqlo. She accessorized up the wazoo. Me wearing my watch. Her nails flawless, mine chewed. Her hair styled, mine frizzy and unruly. […]
Lenny Bruce Is Not Afraid - 5 days ago
It’s really hard to think about writing, publishing, virtually anything while our world hangs in the balance. I’ve never been political in any of my blog posts and I doubt I have anything new to add to the conversation, but it really is hard to feel that anything matters. How do you write a book […]
You Can’t Always Get What You Want - 6 days ago
A lot of people are talking about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize. What say you?
A Saxophone Someplace Far Off Played - 9 days ago
Every year I sit with my mother for Yom Kippur services. I space out for most of it, hum along with prayers I learned years ago, stare at the stain glass panels searching for imperfections, read the prayer book randomly like people who spin a globe and go to wherever their finger lands. The […]
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