There’s never been a more exciting time to become an author. The many options writers have to self-publish have revolutionized publishing. Many trade publishers now have self publish imprints alongside their traditional publishing operations. And while the tools available to self-publish can be very empowering for some writers, traditional publishing is still the goal of many. What should an aspiring — or even a published author — know about this constantly changing terrain? Join this spirited discussion as a Literary Agent, two Authors, a hybrid Publisher and a Marketing Director share their insiders’ knowledge of what it takes to get published today.
Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of six novels, including Admission, You Should Have Known, and the forthcoming The Devil and Webster (March 2017). She is also founder of BOOKTHEWRITER, which represents over 100 NYC-based authors available to visit book groups in and around the city.
Maryn Masumiya is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Greenleaf Book Group, a hybrid book publisher based in Austin, Texas. At Greenleaf she works with authors, brands and industry partners. For nearly a decade, she has led major business development initiatives: she launched Catch27 with Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll; built a national healthcare in conjunction with major universities including USC, UNM, and UCSD; and implemented a consumer program with Ventegra.
David Vinjamuri is President of Third Way Brand Trainers. He teaches branding and social media to Master’s degree candidates at NYU where he is adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing. David writes the Brand Truth column online for Forbes, which has been read by over 1.1 million people, and in 2015 he began a bi-monthly column for Library Journal. He is the author of Accidental Branding and the spy thrillers, Operator and Binder.
As President of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. (JVNLA), Jennifer Weltz has made over 2,000 deals domestically, internationally, and for film for over two decades. She represents authors writing Fiction, Nonfiction, Genre, Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Book authors. Jennifer is a Board member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), a member of the Women’s Media Group and has served on the board of the BEA Conference Advisory Board, Pace University Masters in Publishing program and the Digital Book World Conference Council.
Bridget Marmion spent over a decade each as SVP Marketing at Farrar Straus Giroux, Random House and Houghton Mifflin. Four years ago, she launched YOUR EXPERT NATION, a full-service marketing firm working with authors published by large and small houses, and self-published.
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