Description of Class
Is your manuscript “ready to go?” Do you know how to market it to the right people?
Author, professor, MFA co-director, and Fulbright scholar David Hicks will provide final-revision tips and strategies to help writers prepare for eventual publication. He’ll share his own experiences marketing his small-press book, White Plains (Conundrum Press), including how he grew his network, landed his agent, found a publisher, solicited blurbs and interviews, planned his book launch, worked with a publicist, and planned a cross-country, 50-city book tour–all at a financial gain, and with no funding or promotional assistance from his publisher.
The class will go over various aspects of pre- and post-publishing, including:
- revising your manuscript to perfection
- querying agents
- selling your book pre-publication (via pre-order)
- planning your book launch and book tour
- how to behave, and read, on your book tour
- ancillary work during the tour: workshops, book club visits, radio interviews, e-interviews, podcasts, school and library visits, etc.
- publicizing without being obnoxious
- and more
The workshop will end with an open Q&A, and David will linger afterwards to field individual questions. Participants should bring printouts of a one-page query letter, their first manuscript page, an “elevator pitch,” and a list of friends who are avid readers and/or writers. All participants will receive a quick peer review of their query letter or “elevator pitch.”