S188. Surviving Your Debut Year: Staying Sane and Savvy Before and After Publication

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The year your first book comes out is dizzying. So many questions! (What is good social media etiquette? Do you have to write personal essays? Do you read your reviews?) So many feels! (The honeymoon bliss of signing with an agent. The anguish of asking for blurbs. The joy of depositing an advance. Those inevitable post-launch blues.) On this panel five novelists and short story writers with new books will share their fresh firsthand experience to help you ride the highs and endure the lows.



Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She teaches for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, the Fine Arts Work Center, and elsewhere. Visit Rachel at www.rachellyon.work.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, NY. He is a graduate of the Syracuse MFA program and was the '16-'17 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in fiction at Colgate University. His fist book is Friday Black.

Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble, was released in 2018. Her fiction can be found in New England Review, Kenyon Review, BOMB, and elsewhere. She was a 2012–2013 fellow in fiction at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and holds a PhD from the University of Houston.

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant. Her work has been published in GuernicaGrantaGlimmer Train, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

Adrienne Celt is the author of the novels Invitation to a Bonfire and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award, as well as a collection of comics entitled Apocalypse How? Her work has appeared in the 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories, Zyzzva, Ecotone, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere.


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