Beyond the Debut: Publisher One-Night Stands vs. Long Term Relationships

Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


After the debut book, what happens next? Where did everybody go? While some authors forge long-term relationships with agents and editors, others must start fresh with each book. This business-oriented panel offers insights on how to build a career book by book, whether at indie presses or commercial publishers. Panelists chart paths to publication, discuss relationships (or lack thereof) with agents and editors, and offer advice on continuing to publish books as an established author.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_Outline_AWP.pdf



Kim Liao's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, The Rumpus, River Teeth, Fourth River, and others. This includes her viral Lit Hub essay about collecting one hundred rejections a year, which led to the #100rejections challenge. She teaches writing at John Jay College in New York City.

Kirstin Chen is a New York Times best-selling author of three novels. Her latest, Counterfeit, is a Reese’s Book Club pick, a Roxane Gay book club pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her previous two novels are Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners.

Leland Cheuk is the author of three books of fiction, most recently No Good Very Bad Asian. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR, the San Francisco ChronicleSalon, and elsewhere. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books.

Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence, The Priest's Madonna, and After the Dam. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, and Sierra magazine, among other venues. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois.

Rachel Stolzman Gullo is the author of two novels, The Sign for Drowning and Practice Dying. Her forthcoming novel Confuse the Wind will come out in June 2024 with Vine Leaves Press. Her debut novel is being republished by 7.13 Books. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center