Join leading publishing industry experts for this two-part series about the publishing process — from getting an agent and selling your book, working with your editor, and successfully promoting and marketing your book. After presentations from publishing veterans, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions directly. Join us for these talks if you’ve been dying to know…
- How to find the best agent for you
- What makes a good query letter
- What agents do and don’t want to see in a query or submission
- What editors like to read in a proposal and how they decide which books to buy
- All about the changing landscape of publishing
- What a publicist does and how you can help build your own platform to appeal to the media
- How you can leverage an online presence and engage with readers on social media
What to know:
- Your ticket purchase covers admittance to both panel sessions.
- Each panel will start with an introduction of the panelists. The panelists will then share their industry knowledge for around an hour, and then open up for questions in the last 30 minutes.
- These panels will be held online via Zoom. Are you new to Zoom and have some questions? Here is a helpful video tutorial.
Wednesday, June 17th at 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Session 1: Get an Agent and Sell Your Book with literary agent Allison Hunter and editor Christine Pride
Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Session 2: Successful Book Promotion with publicist Kate Lloyd and marketer Elizabeth Breeden
Allison Hunter began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm Kim-from-L.A, and was an agent at InkWell Management and the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Allison’s clients include Rosie Walsh, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ghosted, as well as memoirists, journalists and various experts in their field. She was also thrilled to work with InkWell client Lena Dunham on her bestselling memoir Not That Kind Of Girl. She is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, especially women’s fiction, as well as memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies and pop culture. She is always looking for funny female writers, great love stories, campus novels, family epics, smart beach reads, and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. Allison has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives in Brooklyn.
Christine Pride is a writer, editor and 15-year publishing veteran. She’s held posts at many different “Big Five” imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and, most recently, as a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster. In Fall 2018, Christine sold two novels, written with Jo Piazza, to Harper Collins/William Morrow. She stepped away from a full-time role at S&S in order to focus on those projects, though she’s still doing select freelance editing and proposal/content development. The first book, We Are Not Like Them, will be published in Spring 2021. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including most recently The New York Times bestseller, From Scratch by Tembi Locke, The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry and These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card. Christine attended the University of Missouri’s broadcast journalism program and worked in non-profit management before embarking on a career in book publishing.
Kate Lloyd has worked as a literary publicist for 15 years, currently as the Deputy Director of Publicity at Scribner. She has managed hundreds of book publicity campaigns, including for many national bestsellers and prize-winning titles. She works with authors Anthony Doerr, Jennifer Egan, Mary Beth Keane, Jeff Hobbs, Don DeLillo, S.C. Gwynne, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Andrew Solomon, Mary-Louise Parker, Dorothy Wickenden, Sarah Smarsh, Jesmyn Ward, Anjelica Huston, Patton Oswalt, Chuck Klosterman, and Alexandra Styron. Prior to her time at Scribner, Kate was a publicist at Viking/Penguin. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia Publishing Course.
Elizabeth Breeden is a Senior Marketing Manager at Simon & Schuster. She began her career in Simon & Schuster editorial in 2013 and since joining the S&S imprint marketing team in 2015, she has worked with multiple New York Times bestselling novelists, including Alice Hoffman, Mary Higgins Clark, Lauren Weisberger, Megan Miranda, and Nelson DeMille, as well as nonfiction bestsellers such as Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad, Susan Orlean’s The Library Book, actor Val Kilmer’s I’m Your Huckleberry, and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s The Book of Gutsy Women. Elizabeth graduated with a degree in English Literature from Smith College and attended the Columbia Publishing Course.