S240. I Sold It! Now What?

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Writers expend tremendous energy on selling their books. But once a manuscript has been sold, there’s a year or more before publication, and the work of editing and promoting has just begun. How can writers make the best use of this time? What are the most important steps in the pre-publication process? Can you really “build a platform” in a year? Two authors, an agent, editor, and a publicist discuss both the small- and large-press experience and outline the path to a successful launch day.



Anjali Sachdeva teaches English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in the Yale Review, Gulf Coast, Creative Nonfiction, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. She is the author of the short story collection All the Names They Used for God.

Alyson Sinclair is a freelance publicist and communications consultant specializing in book publicity for new releases, book festivals, and communications projects for literary nonprofits. Clients include Farrar, Straus and Giroux, McSweeney's, Graywolf Press, Coffee House Press, Random House, Portland Book Festival, Memphis Literary Arts Festival, and others.

Olivia Taylor Smith is the Cofounder and Executive Editor at the Unnamed Press, an independent publisher of contemporary literature and nonfiction from the US. and around the world.

Sarah Levitt is a literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management who specializes in narrative nonfiction and literary fiction. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists, and musicians, among others.


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