Instructor: Jane Friedman
Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Marian University, Marian Hall/Room #251 (campus map)
Cost: $100 nonmembers, $64 members, $56 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
Over the last decade, the publishing industry has undergone tremendous evolution due to the growth of online retail and digital books, as well as the power of any author to publish and distribute their work at the click of a button. But which path is right for you and your book—and how do you sift through the increasing number of hybrid publishers and services that make a lot of promises, but cost you a lot upfront?
Jane discusses everything you need to know about how book publishing operates today, in plain English, to help you understand the pros and cons of every major publishing path available. She'll cover New York traditional publishing and what projects are well-suited to being represented by literary agents; the capabilities of mid-size publishers and independent publishers; how to evaluate small presses, micro-presses, and digital-only presses; what "hybrid" publishing is (or thinks it is) and how to evaluate such companies; and all forms of self-publishing and e-publishing practiced today.
This session will help you:
You’ll learn not just the foundational principles of book publishing today, but you’ll also gain expert insight into the changing industry landscape, and how you can navigate your own path toward success. By the end of the session, you'll be able to identify which publishing option is the best to achieve your goals.
Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and business strategy for writers. The former publisher of Writer’s Digest and a columnist with Publishers Weekly, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com. Jane's latest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press).
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