F167. "Worst Practices": How Not to Get Published

Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Writers are bombarded with information about best practices for publication, like how to draft a query letter and build a platform. But less attention is paid to the minefield of what not to do when when scouting for a prospective publisher. This panel explores the myriad reasons why publishers say "no" to writers, providing a blueprint of what to avoid—ranging from basic etiquette to common mistakes to the occasional horror story—and equipping writers with tools to find a home for their work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Worst_Practices_-AWP_panel.docx



Emily Cook was named one of the Publishers Weekly “Top 40 Under 40.” Former marketing & publicity director at Milkweed Editions and program director at the Chicago Tribune Lit Fest, she also worked for Granta and helped launch Figment, a social networking site. She just completed her first book.

Alana Wilcox is the editorial director of Coach House Books, an independent literary publisher in Toronto. She is the author of an out-of-print novel and the founding editor of the uTOpia series of books about Toronto.

Elias Wondimu is a social entrepreneur, knowledge broker, and cultural ambassador. He is the founding director of TSEHAI Publishers and its four imprints. Since the 2011 closure of Howard University Press, TSEHAI is the only African or African American publisher housed in an American university.

Kate Gale


February 7–10, 2024
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Kansas City Convention Center