F112. Forthcoming: Debut Novelists on What They Wish They’d Known Before Publication

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


You have a book contract—now what? What can you expect and how can you make your book stand out in a noisy, crowded market? Recent debut novelists—of adult and YA, published by large and small houses—share advice on the run-up to publication, from the nuts and bolts of the process to savvy marketing. Topics include: publication timeline; navigating editorial and marketing conversations; websites; blurbs; reviews; independent publicists; creative promotion; book tours; and finding your readers.



Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and she was the writer in residence at Florence University of the Arts. She is an editor at Words Without Borders, a magazine of international literature in translation.

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and will be published by Algonquin Books in 2017. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, One Teen Story, and elsewhere.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of the dark contemporary YA thriller, Allegedly and the forthcoming Monday's Not Coming. A television production manager and producer, she received her BA in film from Howard University and her MA in media studies from The New School University.

Rachel Lyon's forthcoming debut novel is Self Portrait with Boy. Her shorter work has appeared in Iowa Review, Joyland, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She teaches at Sackett Street Writers, Catapult, and Slice, and cohosts the series Ditmas Lit. Visit her at www.rachellyon.work.

Patricia Park is the author of the novel RE JANE. A former Fulbright scholar and Center for Fiction fellow, she has written for The New York Times, Guardian, Salon, and others. She is assistant professor in the MFA program at American University.


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