2022 Debut Authors Discuss: How to Prepare for the Book Deal

123, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


You've workshopped, revised, and even saved a "final draft" of your book-length work of fiction—so now what? Five debut authors discuss when and how to acquire a literary agent, considerations for going on submission to publishers, navigating auctions, international book sales, and shopping film rights, and what happens between the book deal and publication. Panelists from a diverse array of writing communities speak on their experiences to demystify the journey from writer to published author.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2022_Debut_Authors_Discuss_Outline.pdf



Jonathan Escoffery is the author of If I Survive You (FSG/ MCD 2022). He is the recipient of the Paris Review's Plimpton Prize, the ASME Award for Fiction, and a NEA fellowship. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a doctoral fellow in USC's creative writing and literature program.

Daphne Palasi Andreades is the author of the debut novel Brown Girls. She has received a 2021 O. Henry Prize, the Kenyon Review's 2019 Short Fiction Prize, and scholarships to Bread Loaf and Sewanee. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded the 2018 Henfield Prize.

Xochitl Gonzalez has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Prize in Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize. 

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the forthcoming novel Neruda on the Park.

Jean Chen Ho is the author of Fiona and Jane. She is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Fellow in fiction. Her writing appears in Georgia Review, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Guernica, Apogee Journal, and elsewhere.


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