April 13 • 1:00 PM (EST) - 4:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
Looking for a publisher to call home for your manuscript? So many roads are overwhelming. I can help narrow the view along the journey.
In this course, I will share my successes and failures along the journey to find a home for my debut story collection, MONARCH.
I will share details that can only come with experience including, but not limited to, writing query letters (agents vs. presses), tracking submissions, the research process, fees, red flags, green flags, how to best navigate technology with productive, simple tools, and, perhaps most importantly, how to handle the emotional pressure of rejection after rejection. With this course, I intend to share experiences and methods that aren't offered in traditional academic settings.
My hope is to engage in an honest, forthcoming dialogue about the pressures and joys of the small press publishing experience itself.
What you will learn
In this class, students will: • leave with a query letter template to be used for publishers and/or agents • be familiar with the top online resources for getting your work published • learn the foundations of how small press publishing works along with pro's and con's • gain a clearer vision of which publishers might work best for your projects at hand • knowledge of the industry and an empowered sense of community that might be previously untapped
• a PDF of the class materials with live links to all online resources offered • query letter templates geared at small presses and agents • a sense of community and belonging • ideas of where to go next with your manuscript • a firm understanding of the way in which the pursuit of publishing work
If you can't attend this class live, it will be recorded! Students will receive a recording the day after the class, and it will be available for 30 days.
About the instructor
Emily Jon Tobias is an American author and poet with her debut story collection, MONARCH, forthcoming by Black Lawrence Press in May, 2024. She is an award-winning writer whose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, along with other honorable mentions, and has been featured in literary journals such as Santa Clara Review, Talking River Review, The Opiate Magazine, The Ocotillo Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Big Muddy, and elsewhere. Midwestern-raised, she now lives and writes on the coast of Southern California. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University Oregon.