Join the Authors Guild Foundation and publishing professionals from Penguin Random House for a FREE workshop for authors about the business of writing!

Writing is only part of the picture when it comes to being an author. Now that you have a manuscript, you want to get it published and have as many people as you can read and buy it. For many writers, no matter how hard it is to write a book, the following stage seems more daunting, even for mid-career authors. But if you want to keep writing, you need to figure out how to publish and market your books—all while making sure you protect your rights—and that’s where we come in. This bootcamp will present a panel that includes legal experts, editors, agents and marketing and sales professionals as well as local authors who have navigated this side of the writing business.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Penguin Random House, the Authors Guild Foundation has designed educational bootcamps to help writers around the country navigate the business side of writing. Traveling to six cities across America, our education team will join local authors and literary organization representatives to host daylong, in-person workshops for early-to-mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds especially those who may not have the means for, or access to, other educational programs.

Join us for this one-day intensive writing workshop!

Our one-day intensive workshops will provide early-to-mid-career authors with tools and resources to manage their careers and successfully navigate the marketplace. The bootcamp will include instruction on the business side of writing, breakout sessions to share experiences with your fellow writers, and Q&As with industry experts, wrapping up with a networking happy hour reception. We’ll discuss:

  • Paths to publication
  • Making your contracts work for you
  • Dealing with piracy
  • Best practices in marketing, promotion, and reader engagement
  • How a book comes to market

We’re coming to a city near you!

Want to hear from your local literary experts and national publishing representatives about the ins and outs of the marketplace? We’ve got you covered. We’re taking the education team to these six citie

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Not located in one of the cities above?

You can still take part in our Business Bootcamp series. Our tour will be supplemented by follow-up webinars /online Q&A sessions, which will be available to everyone. Sign up for our email alerts to receive early access to our digital classes.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts impacts individuals and communities, visit