publishers. It’s our job to know who the ideal publishers are forthe given book and, within thosepublishers, who the ideal editorsare for it. We send it out, and if all goes well, we handle the nego-tiations on behalf of the authors.
What do you look for in writing submissions?
I am looking for some-thing that makes me really excit-ed. It is hard to articulate. It’sreally a feeling. You just knowthat you’re the right reader forsomething. You know that some- body is really, truly talented.
How has the publishingindustry been affected in recent years with the rise of self-pub-lishing and e-books?
Publishing is a business based on not just acquiring books and publicizing them, but also on distributing themaround the country. Withe-books, that entire distributionpart of the equation is removed.That affects the revenue thatcomes in, and that affects howmuch is charged to the customerand how much is paid to theauthor. We as agents have had tolearn to navigate.There will always be a place
Literary agent Chris Parris- Lamb spends his time searching for the next best-selling author. He unearthed a gem last year with Chad Harbach’s novel “The Art of Fielding.” Parris-Lamb and Harbachwill speak at UNC today in “The Art of Publishing” — a moderated discussion followed by a questionand answer session.“The Art of Fielding” is Harbach’s first novel. It takes place in a small college town and follows the lives and fates of abaseball star and those around him. The novel has received high praise, including recognition byThe New York Times as one of thebest books of 2011. Staff writer Mary Stevensspoke with Parris-Lamb — a Morehead-Cain Scholar who graduated from UNC in 2004 —about his role in the publishing industry and advice that he has procured during his time as aliterary agent for the Manhattan-based Gernert Company.
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What are yourmain job responsibilities as aliterary agent?
Literary agents look for authors that they want to represent, either out of themany, many authors that contactthem and want to send them their work for review, or writers thatthey see writing and publishing inmagazines, journals or online.Once we take the writer on, we get the book or proposal intoshape — polish it up to send to
By Colleen Ni
While traveling the world withher husband — prominent fashiondesigner Bert Geiger — LorraineGeiger carried a sketchbook filled with drawings of people whoseclothing caught her eye. And when the couple moved toChapel Hill in the ‘90s, LorraineGeiger continued to fill the pagesof the book — which grew to 300sketches — with depictions of colorful people she encountered.“Sometimes she followedpeople, if she thought they wereinteresting,” said Clare Bauer,Lorraine Geiger’s daughter.Though she passed away in2006, Bert Geiger said he is pub-lishing his late wife’s sketchbook,“Fashion, Fads and Fantasies,”in the coming months. It will beavailable on Amazon.This week was Fashion Weekin New York — and in weeks likethese, the Geigers would holdexhibitions for retailers such asTalbots and Bloomingdale’s intheir workshop in New York.In her life, Lorraine Geigershowed an objective interest inpeople and a fearless approach tofashion. In the book’s introduc-tion, Lorraine Geiger wrote thatin an era where designers werestruggling for new ideas, youngpeople became fashion leaders.“In their rebellion against thestatus quo, the young createdtheir own fashions,” she wrote.“Young girls favored skimpy bustier tops or midriff-revealinghalters. Cleavage was back andunderwear was often seen as out-erwear,” she continued.Clunky Doc Martens, see-through baby-doll dresses, velvet berets, black top hats and goldsuits are just some of the eclecticpieces found in her work.“Being around high fashion was a dream for her,” Bauer said.“Every home she lived in was a work of art. She just wanted tocreate beauty.”Bauer said when her mother was young, her family would runaway from creditors, which ham-pered her schooling. As a result,she turned to drawing.“She would try to be discreetabout it and probably most peopledidn’t know they were sketched.”Despite her upbringing,Lorraine Geiger went on to attendParson’s School of Design and theNew York School of Fine Arts and Applied Design, pursuing a pro-fessional career until she married. After her marriage, she helpedto design the fabrics her husbandused and continued sketchingand painting.Bert Geiger said she wantedpeople in the future to see whatpeople wore in this century as if they were walking in the street.“Everything, down to the but-ton holes or the shoelaces wereaccurate,” he said.Bauer described her mother asindependent and passionate.“One time she said, ‘I’m goingover to Paris and I’m going topaint for a month,’ and she did.”Two decades later, many of thefashions Lorraine observed inthe ‘90s can still be seen aroundcampus or on the streets of Carrboro or Chapel Hill. Ariel Wyman, a senior studio artand global studies major, describeda girl studying in the Weaver StreetMarket cafe in one of Lorraine’ssketches as a “hipster of the ‘90s.”“People still go to WeaverStreet to show off their fashion.”
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By Edward Pickup
For UNC’s Dance Marathonstaff, the days preceding today’s24-hour storm of dancing, cheer-ing and standing have been any-thing but calm.The event, which will see morethan 2,000 fundraising partici-pants stand for 24 hours to raisemoney for the N.C. Children’sHospital, requires extensivepreparation, organizers said.“The preparation is crazy,”said Brittany Smith, a member of Dance Marathon’s publicity com-mittee. “All the committee mem- bers will be in the gym at somepoint tonight setting up — it’s ahuge effort.”The day-long event will featurelive music along with videos pro-duced by the Dance Marathonstaff.More than 300 DanceMarathon committee membersspent Thursday night puttingup about 600 banners in FetzerGym. Along with posters, the gym will be fitted with a stage andsound equipment by CarolinaUnion production services.Olivia Barrow, DanceMarathon’s publicity chairwom-an, said the marathon charity event — which will start at 7:30p.m. tonight — is the culmina-tion of months of planning andfundraising.“As a group, we have been working out all the detailedlogistics of moving thousands of people around,” she said. “It’ll bea really awesome celebration of all the work that we’ve done all year long.”Organizers said expectationsare high for the event with arecord number of dancers signedup. About 270 volunteers willalso help run the marathon.“We usually have about 1,500dancers, and this year we haveover 2,000,” Smith said.“I think that’s definitely goingto increase the amount of money we get to send over to the chil-dren’s hospital.”Dance Marathon takes theevent’s set-up costs out of themoney that it raises for the chil-dren’s hospital, Barrow said,although this year the cost has been eased by private donations.“The posters were all donated by committee members, and this year the duct tape was donated, which was amazing,” she said.“We have been blessed and havehad a lot of things donated that we usually don’t get.”Committee membersexpressed optimism that this year’s event might beat last year’srecord $436,709.61 raised.But Gracie Beard, overall coor-dinator for Dance Marathon, saidthe organization set no fundrais-ing target, preferring to focus onthe impact it has at the hospital.“Although we do our best toraise as much money as possible, we don’t really set a goal because we focus on what is going on inthe hospital,” she said.
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UNC alumnus and Morehead-Cain Scholar Chris Parris-Lamb will speak about the publishing industry and his job as a literary agent today.
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By Meredith Hamrick
When it comes to choosingtheir representatives in studentgovernment, UNC students liketo think outside the box.In Tuesday’s campus elec-tions, students had the optionto write in names if they didnot wish to vote for candidateslisted on the ballot.“I don’t know who JoeChapman is, but his beard gotquite a few write-ins, which Ithink is a mystery,” said ShruthiSundaram, chairwoman of theBoard of Elections.Chapman is diversions editorof The Daily Tar Heel. Write-ins for StudentCongress seats included “Bond,James Bond,” “Fried Chicken ’n’Kool-Aid” and Barney Stinson, acharacter on the sitcom “How IMet Your Mother.”The recently deceased Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse appeared as sugges-tions for senior class president.District 7, designated foroff-campus, non-Greek under-graduates, had the most write-ins. Ten Student Congress
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By Sarah Brown
Jen Jones continued her 322-mile cam-paign against N.C. Amendment One onThursday, leading students and local poli-ticians in a flash mob through campus.Members of the UNC Coalition Against Amendment One kicked off the all-day rally against the state’s proposed gay mar-riage ban in the Pit, encouraging studentsto participate in the “Vote Against” photo-shoot and to register to vote.Since Jan. 27, Jones has logged morethan 100 miles and visited 15 cities as partof the Race to the Ballot initiative.Jones, communications director forthe Coalition to Protect North CarolinaFamilies, and her team hope to mobilizeN.C. voters against a same-sex referendumon the May primary ballot. Jones estimatedthe campaign has registered more than2,000 voters, most of them college students.Jones said early voting beginning April19 will be important because most stu-dents will have left campus before the May 8 primary. Students will also be able to vote at a new early voting site on the sec-ond floor of Rams Head Dining Hall. At noon, Jones, followed by ChapelHill Town Council member Penny Richand about 20 students, raced from SouthBuilding to the Pit and was greeted by alarge cheering crowd, including ChapelHill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. A performance of UNC sophomoreRachel Kaplan’s “N.C. Amendment One:The Musical,” inspired by the Prop 8 musicalin California, followed the runners’ entrance.The California State Legislature passeda similar amendment in 2008. It wasruled unconstitutional by a federal appealscourt last week.“I hope it helps provide some clarifi-cation as to what the amendment truly means,” Kaplan said about her musical.Many opposed to the amendment believe recruiting student voters will swingthe vote in their favor. Jones said she’s been amazed by student support.“This is the first time I’ve seen 18- to24-year-old students taking the lead in amovement to push back overreaching leg-islation,” she said.But a January poll conducted by PublicPolicy Polling, a left-leaning think tank inRaleigh, reported that Amendment One hassupport among a majority of voters in thestate with 56 percent favoring it. While more Democrats are expectedto vote in the primary following Gov. Bev Perdue’s decision not to seek re-election,46 percent of Democrats in the poll saidthey would vote for the amendment, com-pared to 44 percent against.N.C. Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, said ina statement that he supports the amend-ment because heterosexual marriage needsto be protected from activist judges.“There is a real threat to the institutionof marriage,” he said. “(Courts are) usingthe state constitution to reverse the very pro-marriage policies that were in effect when the state constitution was adopted.”N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange,said the difference will be made by vot-ers in the middle, a group more likely tounderstand the amendment’s downfalls.“That’s where it’s decided, not in thosepassionate groups that already have theirminds made up.”
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Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Jen Jones and Town Council member Penny Rich, left to right, wait in the Pit for the Amendment One musical.
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