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PUBLISHING INTENSIVE | The Secrets to Finding the Right Path to Publication for Your Book

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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  $250 | 6 spots remaining!

LIVE ON ZOOM | 12 pm – 6 pm Eastern | May 18th

Join us for a daylong intensive for writers seeking to publish books with big and small presses.

Literary agent, Michelle Brower, Editorial Director and Publisher of Tin House Books, Masie Cochran, and Senior Vice President at Knopf Doubleday, Lisa Lucas answer your questions, share insider info, and spell out exactly what it takes to find your place in traditional publishing.

Moderated by CRAFT TALKS favorite, Peter Mountford, who will also provide in-depth instruction covering the dos and don’ts of query letters – including how they differ based on genre –address publishing pitfalls, illuminate common confusions such as Is having a platform necessary, and if so, what does that mean? …and much more!

Registrants will have the optional opportunity to practice their elevator pitch (this is the “jacket copy” of your book, follow that link to learn more)– and to ask questions of the panelists from big and small presses. You will also receive the slides and an extensive packet with resources.

During this intensive, you will…

  • LEARN how to write an effective query letter
  • DEVELOP a list of publishers to pursue
  • DISCOVER resources for finding the right agent for your work
  • ENGAGE in a small-group session on how to refine your elevator pitch

An hour lunch break will be scheduled from 3-4 pm Eastern. This event will be conducted via Zoom, providing convenient access for all participants.

This intensive is ideal for writers…

  • who have questions about publishing and want help planning their next best step
  • who are thinking about trying to find an agent and/or publisher for their book
  • seeking practical advice to navigate the submission process with small and big presses
This intensive is not best for…
  • writers pursuing self-publishing or hybrid publishing

Closed captioning is available. ✔
Think you might miss part of the intensive? No worries, a replay will be available.

Your Panelists:

MICHELLE BROWER is a literary agent who has frequently been ranked in the top ten dealmakers for debut fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. Formerly of Aevitas, she opened her agency Trellis Literary Management several years ago. Her clients include Tara Conklin, Kirstin Chen, Hazel Gaynor, Jason Mott, and Erika L. Sanchez.

MASIE COCHRAN is Editorial Director (and Interm Publisher) of Tin House Books, where she has worked since 2011. Before coming to Tin House, she worked at InkWell Management Literary Agency in New York, NY. She has edited many award-winning and bestselling titles, including the intricately plotted novels of Claire Fuller; an Obama Best Book of the Year pick (Cory Taylor’s Dying: A Memoir); E. J. Koh’s family saga The Magical Language of Others; Annie Hartnett’s darkly funny Rabbit Cake.

LISA LUCAS is the Senior Vice President at Knopf Doubleday. Before joining Knopf Doubleday, she directed the National Book Foundation for four years, and before that, she was the publisher of Guernica literary magazine.  

PETER MOUNTFORD is a popular writing coach and teacher with twenty years of experience. The author of the novels A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Washington State Book Award), and The Dismal Science (NYT editor’s choice), as well as the forthcoming collection of short stories, Detonator. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times (Modern Love), Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Sun, Granta, and Missouri Review He lives in Seattle, and teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe’s MFA.



We understand that life can get in the way of your plans. We want you to be able to get the most out of your course, and our refund policy is designed to balance your need for flexibility with our deadlines and obligations to our teachers.

Before the class, you may request a refund (less a $25 processing fee).

Please keep in mind that no refunds or credits will be issued after class begins.

Questions? Please email


May 18
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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