MWPA-215x215Instructor: Celia Johnson
Date & Time: Saturday, March 5 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Auburn Public Library
Level: Open
Attendees: RSVPS HERE
Fee: MWPA Member $Free | Nonmember $5 donation

Celia Johnson—author, co-founder/current creative director of Slice magazine, and a former acquisitions editor at major New York publishing houses—will discuss the business of publishing, from the writers’ desk to the bookstore shelf.

This presentation—hosted in collaboration with the Auburn Public Library—is designed for both fiction and nonfiction writers who have not yet finished a manuscript, but who want to know more about the publishing industry. After finishing a manuscript, next steps can be daunting for an emerging writer. This talk is designed to help attendees navigate the often murky world of book publishing. How does one find the best agent for a book? How can one help make sure those agents will notice a query letter? And what comes next?

Johnson will touch on dealing with agents, working with editors, independent versus commercial publishing houses, and much more. She welcomes specific questions, which you can send in advance, or bring up at the talk.

+ SCHOLARSHIPS Thanks to our collaboration with the Auburn Public Library, the MWPA is pleased to offer up to five full scholarships for non-members living in Auburn or Lewiston to attend this presentation. Click HERE for more information.

+ SUBMIT A QUESTION IN ADVANCE If you’d like submit question in advance of the presentation, please send an email no later than February 26 to with the subject line: “JOHNSON BOOK QUESTION.”

CeliaCelia 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. Johnson 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 the author most recent of 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.