Learning How to Become a Stranger to Yourself: An Interview with Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude To Bruise was described by Publishers Weekly as "a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns," and NPR described his work as both "beautiful and unsparing."

Kristina Marusic sat down with Saeed to talk about the similarities between nonfiction and poetry, the beauty and treachery of social media, what makes him reject a pitch, and the importance of reading the work of other writers.

Revise, Research . . . Query: An interview with Rachel Ekstrom

Rachel Ekstrom handled publicity campaigns for debut and bestselling authors at St. Martin’s Press and Penguin for more than a decade before becoming a literary agent with the Irene Goodman Agency. She represents a varied list of clients who write fiction and nonfiction, including former Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels, Sandra Block, Jeff Garvin, and Nancy Redd.

Kristina Marusic sat down with Rachel to talk about the appeal of the first person, dealing with rejection, and which steps you should always take before you start querying agents.

The Spine of Success is Good Storytelling: An Interview with literary agent Emily Loose

Emily Loose is an independent book agent, editor and publishing consultant. She has worked as a senior acquisitions editor at three of the big five general trade publishing houses, Crown Publishers of Random House, The Penguin Press of Penguin Books, and Free Press of Simon & Schuster, signing and publishing seventeen New York Times bestsellers in that time.

Kristina Marusic spoke with her about the changing publishing landscape, the secret ingredients in a New York Times bestseller, and how to approach an agent.