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.
Conversation overheard on 49th and 10th: You can't kill yourself just because things don't go your way.
by @BetsyLerner - 13 days ago
Great honor to work with Temple Grandin: hero, friend, mentor, author. https://t.co/Ru2tI8kk6n
by @BetsyLerner - 29 days ago
Paperback jacket. Coming in May. Hitting the mother daughter angle hard. I finally have thin legs. #thebrideladies https://t.co/mZTI352D39
by @BetsyLerner - one month ago
After a cocktail called "French Smile," I am feeling more kindly toward robots and humans.
by @BetsyLerner - 2 months ago
What's worse: talking to a robot or a human. I can't tell anymore.
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - 15 hours ago
Big front page article about how much reading means to President Obama. As if it didn’t already hurt enough that this beautiful man was leaving office. This man who loves Shakespeare, and Emerson and Toni Morrison. He invited five writers to the White House: Colson Whitehead, Barbara Kingsolver, Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith and Junot Diaz. […]
I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend, I Just Want to Be Your Lover - yesterday
it’s very hard for me to fall in love with books anymore. sadly, i just read them from a writer’s perspective–check for structure, tone, voice. i hate it but i do it. –rea Thank you, Rea, for this topic. Reading for “pleasure” is almost impossible for most writers. You are either learning, studying, dissecting, or […]
YOu’re the First, the Last, My Everything - 4 days ago
The whole thing about being an agent is discovering a writer or project that excites you so much all you want to do is tell people about it. It’s like New Year’s eve in When Harry Met Sally when Billy Crystal realizes he loves Meg Ryan that he runs through the streets of New […]
ENdless Rain Into a Papercup - 5 days ago
I’m jacked up on Benadryl tonight. What about you?
Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain - 9 days ago
Spent the day writing, she said feeling saintly, superior, and suddenly sad. It’s truly a drug this writing business. Editing is a contact high. It’s when the words and sentences are your own, when you find a simile that makes sense on three dimensions. I know this blog is generally a clusterfuck of complaining because […]
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