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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.
Location:
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s):
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 http://piper.asu.edu/events/yi-shun-lai.

Meet Your Instructor

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Yi Shun Lai

Yi Shun Lai is the co-publisher and fiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine that promotes literary citizenship, transparency, and sustainable literature. She teaches workshops and classes on creative writing and publishing at the Claremont Colleges, the University of La Verne, and other educational institutions, and in Southern New Hampshire University’s online MFA program. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, is in its fourth printing. It was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize in American Humor. She writes regularly for The Writer magazine on the art of publishing and the craft of writing. Find her online @gooddirt on Twitter and on the web at nhttp://www.thegooddirt.org.

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 http://piper.asu.edu/classes/about.