Pathways to Success: Practical and Personal Tips for Getting Published

Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


It’s every writer’s dream to see their words published, so why is it so hard to get honest, practical advice? Five ethnically diverse authors with diverse pathways to success share their tips for navigating the publishing world. How challenging is it to get an agent? Do you always need an agent? How do you get a book deal? Are there alternatives to the Big Five? What are the pros and cons of self-publishing? Are the pathways different for poetry, children’s books, YA, fiction, and nonfiction?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_24_-_Conference_Outline.docx



A.H. Kim is a Korean-American immigrant, graduate of Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, and author of the novels A Good Family and Relative Strangers. Her nonfiction writings on cancer have appeared in Zocalo Public Square, Saturday Evening Post, and several anthologies.

Lydia Y. Kang is an author of the young adult science fiction novels Control and Cataylst, as well as poetry and creative nonfiction. She is a practicing internal medicine physician who helps other novelists with their medical accuracy.

Jean Alicia Elster is a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts and a former attorney. She is the multiple award-winning author of several books for youth and young adults including How It Happens, Who’s Jim Hines?, The Colored Car, and the Joe Joe in the City series.

Lisa Williamson Rosenberg

Jenny Qi


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center