R255. Debut Authors: Navigating All the Seasons of Book Publication

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Navigating the time before and after book publication can be a daunting task, one that you'd do well by traversing with the support of your community. This panel of immigrant and working debut women authors who created an email thread six months before their book publications share lessons learned about navigating relationships with publicists, marketers, and editors, using connections to support each other, advocating for yourself, and asking for what you want.



Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a Barnes & Noble Summer 2018 Discover Great New Writers selection. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate.

Crystal Hana Kim is the author of debut novel If You Leave Me. A 2017 PEN America/Dau Short Story Prize winner, she has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Jentel, and more. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.

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

Lucy Tan is the author of the novel What We Were Promised. She is a Kundiman Fellow, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, a University of Wisconsin–Madison MFA graduate, and winner of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest.

Lydia Kiesling is the author of a novel The Golden State and the editor of The Millions.


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