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Carly Watters Discusses Business and Creativity Before Her SWU Class
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She Writes
May 2018
Written by
She Writes
May 2018

Carly Watters is a senior literary agent, VP and director of literary branding at P.S. Literary Agency. After completing a MA in Publishing Studies at City University London she worked in the UK at Bloomsbury and the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film agency. Upon returning to North America in 2010 she joined PSLA and has since built a successful client roster of adult fiction and non-fiction.

Join her for the last class of She Writes University: The Modern Author.

SW: What’s one of the key takeaways for authors from your She Writes University class, something that you wish you could wave a magic wand and have all your authors instantly understand!

That at the start it's all about words--how great your book is--but as your career goes on it's just as much about numbers--advances, sales figures etc--as it is about words.

SW: What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about publishing in your career?

That it's more business than art. I had a good idea going into it, but it really is the marriage of art and commerce.

SW: What is the biggest change in publishing you’ve seen during your career?

The move from print to digital and the uncertainty that publishers have faced privately and publicly to do right by their books in the digital transition.

SW: Why do you feel it’s important for women to educate other women in publishing?

The publishing business is comprised of primarily women, 85% according to PW's latest survey, however it is mostly men at the top of pyramid. So we need to help get more women to the top of the departments, imprints and publishers to make sure representation is equal at all levels.


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