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Forthcoming: Debut Novelists on What They Wish They’d Known before Publication


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You have a book contract—now what? What can you expect and how can you make your book stand out in a noisy, crowded market? Recent debut novelists—of adult and YA, published by large and small houses—share advice on the run-up to publication, from the nuts and bolts of the process to savvy marketing. Topics include: publication timeline; navigating editorial and marketing conversations; websites; blurbs; reviews; independent publicists; creative promotion; book tours; and finding your readers.

For a debut author, both the publication process and the expectation to be highly involved in promotion can be mystifying and daunting. This AWP Conference panel will offer concrete information to demystify the process, and practical ways for debut authors to advocate for and contribute to the success of their books. The panel includes a diverse group of writers—of recent adult and YA debuts, published by presses of various sizes—who bring a broad array of perspectives and experiences to the conversation.