Want To Learn More About Traditional Publishing?

Are you a writer who wonders what it would be like to have your work on (virtual or print) bookstore shelves? Do you have expertise in a non-fiction area and want to write a book to help get your message out to the public? Then join the NCAC for Book Publishing 101: What Writers Need to Know to Increase Their Book Publishing Chances.

This workshop (held on April 25th, 2015) will cover the business of book publishing, including: the decision makers and what they want; what assets authors need to have in order to appeal to the literary gatekeepers (agents and editors); what authors need to have in place before contacting an agent; how to find agents and editors and the appropriate ways to approach them; in what circumstances an agent might contact you; weighing the option of self-publishing.

This workshop is presented in partnership by
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and
UCONN’s Litchfield County Writers Project
and is for both novice and seasoned writers

Valerie Peterson is currently the Book Publishing Expert for About.com and — in addition to doing her own storytelling — consults with authors and brands to get their stories out into the world. Prior to her writing and consulting career, she held marketing positions at Random House, Doubleday and John Wiley Publishers where she developed campaigns for authors ranging from James Lee Burke to Mark Bittman to Xena: Warrior Princess (!) and for brands such as Betty Crocker and Frommers Guides.

Valerie is also the author of four books and over the course of her career she managed, touched and/or had a front-row-seat to nearly every part of the book publishing process — from contract negotiations to manuscript prep to book jacket design development to creating promotion and publicity campaigns to stocking bricks-and-mortar bookstore shelves.

She hopes you’ll join her to learn more about the business that she loves. For more information, visit ValeriePeterson.net.

You can register for the event here:

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