Description of Class
Hooray, you have the book deal, or the book is even out in the world—so why does it feel like someone’s strapped you to a rollercoaster and fed you a cocktail of morphine and speed? What are you supposed to do with yourself now? How can you support the book when it’s out of your hands? How can you convince friends to come to your readings without annoying them? Aren’t you supposed to be Snapchatting your newsletter into an Instagram story or something? Should you hire an independent publicist, or hide in a shed, or start a podcast? How do you even know if your book is doing well? Why didn’t your own aunt buy your book? How can you ever start another project?
In this day-long class, we’ll discuss everything that happens both before and after the book enters the world — all the business stuff they didn’t cover in workshop. We’ll talk publicity, readings, festivals, bookseller relations, travel, online presence, and strategies for keeping your book alive. We’ll also discuss mental health, community, dealing with reviews, and the next steps for your overall career.
A local bookseller will join us for part of the day to chat about what makes books sell. We’ll break for less formal conversation over lunch, and we’ll end the day with an optional social time over a drink down the street.
This course will be relevant to those with traditionally published (that is, not self-published) books of any genre—either appearing soon or already out.Top