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From Query Letter to Publication: Navigating the Publishing Eco-system with Yi Shun Lai

Date(s): Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Agents, Business of Writing, Publishing
Cost: $99 Regular, $79 Student

About the Class

Publishing is a big world, with a lot of intricate moving people—not parts—to talk to and get to know. Before you can navigate it, you need to know the basics: What function each person has on your road to publication. What role you play, and what roles you are expected to play. In this lecture and workshop, we’ll cover the various publishing models (self-publishing, small or indie press publishing, and Big Five publishing) and each of them works. We’ll also work on query letters and cover letters, and craft some working models for you to draw on when you go to write your own.

For students working on a project, please prepare a 300-word write up describing it. Be ready to read this out loud in class.

A Reading with Yi Shun Lai will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Tempe (6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284). To learn more and RSVP, visit our website at

Meet Your Instructor

Yi Shun Lai (say "yeeshun" for her first name) lives in Southern California. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her memoir Pin Ups will be published in September 2020 by Homebound Publications. She teaches in the MFA programs at Bay Path and Southern New Hampshire Universities.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at