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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

What to Do Before Your Book Launches

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

We get so focused on grinding towards publication that by the time we’ve finished with query letters, rejections, finding an agent, revising for said agent, Googling the editors on our agent’s submission list, waiting for ‘the call,’ hearing the offer, and then, hallelujah, accepting the publisher’s offer, we want to collapse in front of the TV.

Sorry. No can do. During the 2-24 months between signing your contract and receiving your freshly pressed books, there is much to do and little guidance available. For the secrets of debuting, one often turns to the underground, where surreptitious bands of debut novelists come together in the shadows to share the secrets they’ve learned from already published brethren. What to Do Before You Debut covers the steps one should take, from author websites to working with your publisher on edits. Topics will include author photos, hiring publicists and marketing firms, blurb etiquette, author manners, social media, launch parties, preparing for book events and far more. Come prepared to gasp, laugh, and learn the inside scoop on getting ready to launch your book.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!