A writer’s journey often feels like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, particularly once you venture beyond the manuscript. Crafting a query letter. Developing a proposal. Building a platform. Reaching out to agents and editors. There are all sorts of potential pitfalls at each step. But if you understand the agents’ and editors’ perspectives—or, in other words, the business side of buying a book—it’s much easier to navigate the publishing realm.
This three-part workshop is designed to help attendees develop the tools they need to effectively strategize their growth as writers with the business of publishing in mind. So as you draft and re-draft your query letter, you’ll think about how it’s actually used in an editorial board meeting. You’ll incorporate the best points in your proposal to garner enthusiasm from the publicity team at a publishing house. And as you reach out to agents and editors, you’ll zero in on the best people in the marketplace for your work.
**NOTE: This workshop will take place over the course of three Sundays: June 1, 8, 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Celia Johnson is the Creative Director of Slice Literary, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing realm. Among other endeavors, Slice Literary publishes Slice magazine and hosts the annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Celia worked as an acquisitions editor at major publishing houses in New York for almost a decade before moving to Maine. Her projects included fiction and nonfiction by bestselling and award-winning authors. Johnson is also an author and her most recent book is Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Perigee/Penguin). Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post, among others.