I Wish I’d Known: Advice for Navigating the Publishing World

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


From getting an agent to working with an editor to doing publicity, the life of a writer is filled with potential pitfalls. What are things you should do before you ever sign with an agent? What are definite no-nos while trying to get an agent? How many of your editor’s changes do you accept? What are tips for a great reading? How can you best do publicity? These seasoned writers talk about their own experiences with different agencies and publishing houses and share their hard-earned advice.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_I_Wish_Id_Known_2023.pdf



Jean Kwok is the award-winning, international bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown, and Searching for Sylvie Lee, which was a Read with Jenna Today Show Pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in schools across the world.

Angie Kim is a Korean immigrant and debut author of the international bestseller and Edgar winner Miracle Creek, which is being translated into over 20 languages. She has written for Vogue, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Glamour, and numerous literary journals.

Rebecca Makkai's fifth book, I Have Some Questions for You, is out in early 2023. Her novel The Great Believers was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it won the LA Times Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the Stonewall Award. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Mitchell S. Jackson is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the 2021 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. He is the author of the novel The Residue Years and the memoir Survival Math. He teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times top-ten bestselling author whose novels have been translated into 33 languages. She has served as the jury chair of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and currently writes the Dark Matters column for The New York Times Book Review.


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