F290. Whatever it Takes: Get Your Book the Attention It Deserves

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Many authors don’t realize that in many ways, their work actually increases when the writing is done. Four recent first-book writers and one publicist will discuss the pitfalls and successes they’ve encountered in book promotion, sharing how to avoid mistakes both common and unique as well as strategies—from hustling reviews and doing book tours to selling poetry scarves, giving away temporary tattoos, making promotional trailers, and more—in order to usher works into happy existence.



Sean Bernard directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, where he edits Prism Review. His stories have appeared in numerous journals, and he's the author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter and the collection Desert Sonorous, winner of the Juniper Prize in Fiction.

Vanessa Hua is the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle, she has received a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship. Her novel, A River of Stars, is forthcoming.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, musician, and Torah scholar. Her book, Divinity School, was selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Based in Portland, OR, Alicia tours as a singer/violinist, has released five albums, and teaches Jewish texts to kids and adults.

Douglas Manuel received a BA from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University. He is a fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing. His first full length collection of poems, Testify, was released by Red Hen Press.

Ariel Lewiton is director of marketing and publicity for Sarabande Books, and contributing editor at Guernica. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Catapult, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She holds in MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa.


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