The contemporary publishing landscape is increasingly difficult to navigate for emerging writers. Should you have a blog, or send your work to other online sites? Should you look for an agent, or submit your manuscript to small indie presses? Should you just forget the whole thing and self-publish with Amazon? What does “building a platform” mean anyway, and how can it be that you might expected to have one before you get a book deal?
Gina Frangello, author of five books and an editor for more than two decades, will break down the industry into steps in this four week course. From submitting short fiction or essays, to how and when to seek a publisher for your book, from literary agents to social media, participants will build a plan that is right for their work and become more familiar with their options in the constantly shape-shifting publishing industry.
This workshop is equally geared towards fiction and creative nonfiction writers. The emphasis will be on literary work, but genre fiction will also be discussed. Ideal for those who have completed short form manuscripts ready for submission and those writing novels, collections and memoirs, but even if you’re just starting out and want to understand more about “how things work,” you’ll gain much insight and emerge with more control of how to handle the professional side of your writing life.
Week 1: An overview of the publishing industry past and present: We will make sure everyone has a thorough understanding of how publishing works, and engage in a class-wide discussion of where each participant is in their career so as to individuate everyone’s needs from the class.
Week 2: Literary magazines, literary websites, glossy magazines, newspapers, blogs and more: How to begin building a brand before you have a book, and how to become a part of a literary community through multi-faceted literary citizenship.
Week 3: Literary Agents Intensive: We will look at sample query letters, draft our own, and pay particular attention to how to do a “synopsis” of your book. This session will also cover “book proposals” for nonfiction projects.
Week 4: So you have a book! This final session of the class will focus on how authors can target the right publisher for their books and then maximize their book’s chances in the competitive marketplace once published, whether working with a trade, independent, DIY or university publisher.