S194. (CANCELLED) Economics of Publishing

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Writers spend years learning their craft and working to get published, but that doesn’t prepare them for the career of being an author. Knowledge of the finances behind publishing is critical to authors, whether they are writing articles, short stories, books, or all three. This panel will discuss the ins and outs of publishing finance, including advances, royalties, returns, book tours, print costs, crowdfunding, and more.


Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. WRBG’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers.

Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors at Kickstarter as the director of publishing. She is also the publisher of Gutpunch Press. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby and coauthor of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success.

A.M. O'Malley's first full length book of hybrid poem-memoir is Expecting Something Else. She is the Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon.

Hajara Quinn is a poet with experience in education, publishing, and nonprofits. A graduate of Cornell University's MFA program, she works as the program director at the IPRC and as an assistant editor for Octopus Books. Her first collection of poetry, Coolth, is forthcoming from Big Lucks Books.

Sam Cook is the founder and president of Button Poetry, the premiere online distributor of performance poetry media worldwide. Cook is a TEDx Fellow, a National Poetry Slam champion, and an acclaimed public speaker. He is committed to broadcasting necessary stories and diverse voices.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside