S167. The Business of Publishing Your First Novel: Author and Publisher Perspectives

Gold Salon 2, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Melville House co-publisher and co-founder Dennis Johnson leads a practical discussion of the publishing process with three authors in various stages of their literary careers. Topics  include acquisitions, editing, big-house versus independent publishers, publicity, marketing, tours, social networking, and the changing role of the author.



Dennis Johnson is the cofounder and copublisher of Melville House, a Pushcart Prize-winning short story writer, and the founder of the book blog MobyLives.

Catie Disabato has published a debut novel called The Ghost Network. She is a columnist for Full Stop. Her work has recently been featured on Buzzfeed, Hello Giggles, The Millions, and Joyland. She graduated from Oberlin College.

Edan Lepucki is the author of a novel, California, and a novella, If You're Not Yet Like Me. She's the founder and codirector of Writing Workshops LA, and a staff writer for The Millions. Her work has been published in McSweeney’s, Narrative magazine, and the New York Times, among others.

Kirk Lynn is the head of the Playwriting/Directing Program at UT Austin and the graduate advisor for the Michener Center for Writers, and a coproducing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs, a theatre collective. He is author of the novel Rule For Werewolves and the play Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen is the author of the novel Echo of the Boom. In addition to his writing, he works on projects that try to bring the literary world into other spaces, namely music, technology, and video games. He is senior advisor to the nonprofit Words After War.


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Henry B. González Convention Center