Getting Started on the Path to Publication
From literary journals to independent presses to book contests to agents and the Big Five publishing houses, in this class we’ll aim to demystify the path to literary publication. We’ll discuss when to begin submitting your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for publication (and where - spoiler alert: probably best not to try The New Yorker right out of the gate), and briefly discuss the pitfalls and possible benefits of self-publication. We’ll look at a sample cover letter for a journal submission and a sample agent query letter and discuss proper etiquette for agent queries and following up on submissions.
Besides their instructional value, Bookends University workshops are intended to create connections among customers, bring visibility to authors, and support visiting and purchasing books from the bookstore. Since this workshop does not require the purchase of a textbook, your ticket includes a $10 gift card, which you can use toward the purchase of one of the instructor’s books, or toward a book of your choice about writing, or any other book. Or give it away to someone you want to encourage to shop at Bookends!
Christine Sneed is the author most recently of the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men and the novel Paris, He Said. Her fifth book, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, will be published in October, along with the short fiction anthology Love in the Time of Time’s Up, which she edited. Her work has been published in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, New York Times, Ploughshares, Story, Boulevard, and numerous other publications. She has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has received AWP’s Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Chicago Writers’ Association Book of the Year Award, among other honors. She teaches for Northwestern University’s and Regis University’s graduate creative writing programs. A former longtime resident of Evanston, she now lives in Pasadena, California.