Publishing Case Studies with Authors of Recent Books
How do promising manuscripts become successful books? In this series, the Authors Guild Foundation brings you the stories of how recent books were created, acquired, edited, and promoted—offering case studies of what works to get a book published and in front of readers these days.
Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid conversations about the current realities of publicity, social media, virtual events, working with agents and editors, and more. Each event provides a unique portrait of the collaborative process behind the scenes.
Each panel discussion will take place via Zoom and include time for a Q&A. All writers are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing and publishing.
Previous Events in this Series
Emilio Fraia and Zoë Perry in conversation with Tynan Kogane
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Sevastopol author Emilio Fraia and the book’s English translator Zoë Perry, in conversation with New Directions editor Tynan Kogane.
Amanda Leduc in conversation with Anne Collins and Samantha Haywood
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Amanda Leduc, the author of The Centaur’s Wife, in conversation with Anne Collins, executive editor at Random House Canada, and Samantha Haywood, president of the Translantic Agency.
Karla Arenas Valenti in conversation with Katherine Harrison and Ammi-Joan Paquette
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Karla Valenti, the author of Lotería, in conversation with Ammi-Joan Paquette, senior agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and Katherine Harrison, senior editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers.
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Co-authors Maika and Maritza Moulite in Conversation
In discussing One of the Good Ones, Maika and Maritza will discuss the process and considerations that go into co-authoring and give their advice for selling your option book on proposal, conducting a virtual book tour, and more.
Priyanka Champaneri in Conversation with Leigh Feldman and Nathan Rostron
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Priyanka Champaneri, the author of The City of Good Death, in conversation with literary agent Leigh Feldman and Restless Books editor and marketing director Nathan Rostron.
Chaney Kwak in conversation with Joshua Bodwell
Featuring Chaney Kwak, author of The Passenger, and Joshua Bodwell, editorial director of David R. Godine and Black Sparrow Press. The Passenger, Kwak’s debut memoir, tells the tale of Kwak’s experience trapped on a cruise ship without a working engine in notoriously rocky waters off the Norwegian coast—while examining his own past and future.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia in conversation with Ashleigh Heaton, Julie Leung, and Eddie Schneider
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the author of Mexican Gothic, in conversation with members of her publishing team.
Jasmine Guillory in conversation with Cindy Hwang and Holly Root
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Jasmine Guillory, the author of Party of Two, in conversation with members of her publishing team.
Aimee Liu in conversation with Megan Beatie, Dr. Kate Gale, and Fauzia Burke
Novelist Aimee Liu and members of her publishing team discuss the process of creating and publishing Liu’s novel Glorious Boy, revealing how this manuscript made it to the marketplace and met the many obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These industry professionals candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and the unique challenges of book publishing in 2020.
Stephen Graham Jones in conversation with Joe Monti, Lauren Jackson, and BJ Robbins
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Stephen Graham Jones, the author of The Only Good Indians, in conversation with members of his publishing team. Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid conversations about the current realities of publicity, social media, virtual events, working with agents and editors, and more.
Zaina Arafat in conversation with Michelle Brower and Carla Bruce-Eddings
Zaina Arafat, Michelle Brower, and Carla Bruce-Eddings will discuss the process of creating You Exist Too Much, the path to publication, and the challenges and opportunities that come with publicizing a book during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emma Copley Eisenberg in conversation with Paul Whitlach
This From Manuscript to Marketplace event features Emma Copley Eisenberg, the author of The Third Rainbow Girl, in conversation with Paul Whitlatch, executive editor at Crown. The author and editor will discuss the book’s journey, marketing a hybrid book that does not fit neatly into a genre, the process of fact-checking in nonfiction, and more behind-the-scenes details.
In West Mills
De’Shawn Charles Winslow in Conversation with Liese Mayer
In partnership with I, Too Arts Collective
Book signing with Book Culture.
De'Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He is a 2017 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in English literature from Brooklyn College. He lives in New York.
Prior to joining Bloomsbury in 2017, Liese Mayer worked at Scribner, the Overlook Press, Little, Brown and Company, and Grove, Atlantic. She acquires literary and upmarket fiction, memoir, and social and cultural criticism. Some of the writers she has worked with include Tom Perrotta, Edmund White, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Miriam Toews, Melissa Febos, Loris Ostlund.
About In West Mills
Azalea "Knot" Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors' gossip won't keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Alone in her one-room shack, ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a magnificent, big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.
Carlos Labbé in Conversation with Chad W. Post and Will Vanderhyden
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In partnership with The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
Carlos Labbé, one of Granta’s “Best Young Spanish Language Novelists,” was born in Chile and is the author of eight novels—including Navidad & Matanza—and two collections of short stories. In addition to his writings, he is a musician and has released four albums. He is Coeditor at Sangría, a publishing house based in Santiago and Brooklyn.
Chad W. Post is the director of Open Letter Books and the managing editor of Three Percent. He is the author of The Three Percent Problem: Rants and Responses on Publishing, Translation, and the Future of Reading, and the 2018 recipient of the Ottaway Award for Promotion of International Literature.
Will Vanderhyden is a freelance translator of Spanish and Latin American literature. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Lannan Foundation. His translation of Rodrigo Fresan’s The Invented Part won the 2018 Best Translated Book Award for fiction.
About Spiritual Choreographies
At once an exploration of collective creation as a kind of real community and a reflection on the fragility of memory, Spiritual Choreographies is an undaunted and entirely original novel by one of Latin America's most innovative contemporary writers, whose body of work has been described as "a response to the imminent destruction of the known world."
Angie Cruz in Conversation with Amelia Possanza and Caroline Bleeke
Angie Cruz is the author of three novels, Dominicana, the inaugural GMA Cover to Cover Book Club pick, Soledad, and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published work in The New York Times, VQR, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and other publications, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Amelia Possanza is the Assistant Director of Publicity at Flatiron Books, where she helps books of all genres find their readers. You can find her on Twitter @ameliapossanza.
Senior Editor Caroline Bleeke edits upmarket fiction and nonfiction at Flatiron Books, with an emphasis on underrepresented voices, innovative structure and style, writing with a strong sense of place, and heart. Her list includes Angie Cruz's Dominicana (inaugural pick for Good Morning America's book club), Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage (DSC Prize winner and Dylan Thomas Prize finalist), Neel Patel’sIf You See Me, Don’t Say Hi (NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year), Bronx Book Festival founder Saraciea J. Fennell's Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, and Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger (NYT bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick). Bleeke has a Master’s degree in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature. She is on Twitter and Instagram @cableeke
Washington Heights, 1965. The only voice that Ana Ruiz has to keep her company all day as she cleans the cold six-floor walkup she shares with her new husband is the one singing in Spanish on the radio, “Bésame, Bésame mucho.” At the age of 15, she has left behind her home in the Dominican Republic, her two brothers and a sister, and her family name, Canción, for a loveless marriage to a man twice her age and the promise of America. Beloved novelist Angie Cruz brings the voice of this strong immigrant woman to life in her highly anticipated return that Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban, calls “an essential read for our times.”
Return to the Enchanted Island
Johary Ravaloson in Conversation with Allison M. Charette and Gabriella Page-Fort
Born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Johary Ravaloson is an author and publisher living in Normandy. Return to the Enchanted Island, his first novel to be translated into English, won the Prix du roman de l‘Océan Indien. In 2006 he founded Dodo Vole Publishing with his wife, contemporary artist Sophie Bazin, starting a new trend of in-country publishing in Madagascar and Réunion. Ravaloson is also the recipient of the 2016 Prix du livre insulaire and the 2017 Prix Ivoire for Francophone African Literature for his novel Vol à vif. His latest book released in French is Amour, patrie et soupe de crabes.
Allison M. Charette translates literature from French into English. She has received an NEA Fellowship in literary translation and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, been selected for the Translation Lab residency at Art OMI, and been nominated for the Best of the Net. Her translation of Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo, the first novel to be translated from Madagascar, was published by Restless Books in 2017. She founded the Emerging Literary Translators’ Network in America (ELTNA.org), a networking and support group for early-career translators. Visit www.charettetranslations.com.
Gabriella Page-Fort is Editorial Director of Amazon Crossing, where she has worked since 2010. Her list includes award-winning authors and bestsellers from around the world including Dolores Redondo and Oliver Pötzsch. She was named Publishers Weekly Star Watch “Superstar” in 2017.
About Return to Enchanted Island
Only the second book to be published in English from Madagascar, RETURN TO THE ENCHANTED ISLAND is the exhilarating tale of a young Malagasy man coming of age amidst the enchanted origin myths of his island country. Named after the first man at the creation of the world in Malagasy mythology, Ietsy Razak was raised to perpetuate the glory of his namesake and expected to be as illuminated as his Great Ancestor. But in the chaos of modernity, his young life is marked only by restlessness, maddening insomnia, and an adolescent apathy. This award-winning retelling of Madagascar’s origin story offers a distinctly twenty-first-century perspective on the country’s place in an ever-more-connected world.
Naima Coster in Conversation with Vivian Lee
Moderated by Jennifer Baker
Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a novel of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Halsey Street has been recommended as a must-read for 2018 by People, Essence, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Lit, BitchMedia, The Root, and elsewhere.
Vivian Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint, where her list includes Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess (a Washington Post bestseller). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree.
Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle, among other online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.
That Kind of Mother
Rumaan Alam in Conversation with Megan Lynch and Julie Barer
Moderated by Brigid Hughes
Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, The New Republic, Elle, and The New York Times, where he is an editor.
Born and raised in New York City, Julie Barer began her career as a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company. She started her own agency, Barer Literary, in 2004 and came together with her partners to form The Book Group in 2015. Julie represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with a special emphasis on fiction.
Megan Lynch is VP & Editorial Director at Ecco, where she has worked since 2014. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade working at Riverhead Books. A graduate of Brown University, she is from Philadelphia.
Brigid Hughes is the founder and editor of A Public Space. Previously, she edited The Paris Review. The recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, she has also curated a literary series at BAM and teaches at Columbia University.
Speak No Evil
Uzodinma Iweala in Conversation with Jennifer Barth
Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, promoting a new narrative about Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy, and business. Uzodinma is the Co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. He has written three books: Beasts of No Nation (2005), a novel also adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People (2012), a nonfiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about Washington, D.C. Instagram: @uiweala.
A graduate of Yale University, Jennifer Barth has worked in publishing for thirty years, ten of which have been spent at Harper as a Vice President and Executive Editor. She edits both fiction and nonfiction; her authors include Michael Chabon, Tessa Hadley, Uzodinma Iweala, Mary Karr, Armistead Maupin, Caitlin Moran, Peggy Orenstein, and Jacqueline Winspear, among many others. She lives in Manhattan with her husband; they have a son and a daughter. Jennifer serves on the advisory board of the Bronx Academy of Letters.
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