F129. A Novelist’s Job: The Realities, Joys, and Challenges

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


A novelist’s most important job is writing a great book. But say that’s done, and the book sold. What’s next? How does one master social media and the promotional partnership with a publisher? What are the financial realities of signing a book deal or leading a “successful” novelist’s life? What are the pros and cons of teaching, starting a writing-adjacent business, or making ends meet on words alone? Our award-winning panelists offer hard-earned advice on building a sustainable career.



Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the author of June; New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Effects of Light. She is the winner of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes The Sun. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, Hurston/Wright Foundation, and Kimbilio. She's a two-time Puschcart Prize nominee.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and The Gypsy Moth Summer, and founder of The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, home to over 3,000 writers in New York City and online, named "New York City's best writing class" (TimeOut NY) and "Top Alternative to MFA" by Poets & Writers.

Celeste Ng is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, TriQuarterly, the Bellevue Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.


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