F280. Should I Know Who You Are? Book PR for the Modern Age

Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Turns out that writing the book is a cinch compared to promoting the dang thing. How can writers embrace shameless self-promotion while avoiding the dangerous humble-brag? How can we claim media and reviewer attention in a crowded marketplace? How will readers find us? An independent book publicist, a small press publisher, and two publicity-minded authors offer insight and tips to help writers of all genres navigate old and new media.



Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of linked stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day.

Lori A. May is the author of six books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life. She founded Poets’ Quarterly, a volunteer-run review journal. May is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant, and she teaches in the University of King’s College—Halifax MFA program.

Beth Parker has been working in publishing since 1999 promoting a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction authors ranging from debut fiction to celebrity memoirs, YA, and more. She has worked on numerous New York Times bestselling campaigns. In 2014 she started her own PR firm, Beth Parker PR.

Kelly Davio is the author of the poetry collection Burn This House and the copublisher and poetry editor of Tahoma Literary Review. Her nonfiction appears at the Toast, the Rumpus, the Liberty Project, and others. She helps small press writers promote their books through PR For Poets.

Katie Freeman


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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