2024 Publishing Consultation – Alison Fairbrother


Reserve an individual session with Alison to discuss your manuscript.

You’ll be invited prior to the conference to schedule your appointment and submit an excerpt from your manuscript. Time-slots are limited. Reserve early.

We ask that you sign up for not more than three total individual sessions, including pitch, critique and consultations. These sessions are held during the conference and are available only to conference attendees.

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Individual Consultations with Alison Fairbrother.


Alison Fairbrother is an associate editor at Riverhead Books, where she acquires fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Her authors are New York Times bestsellers and 5 Under 35 awardees from the National Book Foundation, and include Kristen Arnett, Aja Gabel, Anna Hogeland, R. O. Kwon, and Jenny Xie. She’s worked closely with Riverhead’s editor-in-chief on the manuscripts of Chang-rae Lee, Liz Moore, and Tiphanie Yanique, among others.

Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing, is a leading publisher of literary fiction and quality nonfiction. Since its inception in 1994, Riverhead has been devoted to publishing authors who change the conversation—urgent, unheard voices from a wide variety of backgrounds who have new perspectives and new stories to tell. Riverhead’s books and authors have won or been finalists for the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award, the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and many other honors.

In addition, Alison is a published novelist, and she offers a unique perspective on both sides of the business. Her first novel, The Catch (Random House, 2022), was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Amazon Editors’ Pick, and People magazine Best New Book.

Learn more about Alison at lithub.com/author/alisonfairbrother

Read about her debut novel, “The Catch” in the New York Times.