F185. CANCELLED: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Book

Status: Not Accepted

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


You sold your debut book! Now what? Experienced authors discuss what happens from the sale of a book to publication and beyond. Topics include the contract, edits and copyedits, the dreaded author questionnaire, first and second pass pages, the cover, blurbs, title changes, marketing and promotion, publicity, ARCs, interviews, book tours, and reviews. The birth of a book brings happy surprises, inevitable disappointments, and lots of stress. Panelists offer advice to on how to handle it all.

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Clare Beams’s story collection, We Show What We Have Learned, was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham, Shirley Jackson, and Young Lions Fiction Awards. A 2014 NEA fellow in prose, she has taught creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University and Catapult. Her novel The Illness Lesson is forthcoming.

R.L. Maizes is the author of the short story collection We Love Anderson Cooper and a novel, Other People's Pets, forthcoming July 2020. Her work has aired on NPR, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.

Chaitali Sen is the author of a novel, The Pathless Sky, and numerous short stories and essays. She has taught writing workshops to children, teens, and adults around the country and is the founder of an interview series with writers called Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice.

Sean Smith (writing as Charlie J. Eskew) is the writer of two speculative works, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a speculative work of satire, and Judges: Where the Light Lay Still, a prequel to the Judge Dredd series.

Irina Reyn is the author of the novels Mother Country, The Imperial Wife, and What Happened to Anna K, as well as the anthology, Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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