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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 co-owner and fiction editor of the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine. Her column on writing and publishing, "From the Front Lines," appears monthly in The Writer magazine. Her debut novel Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, was a semi-finalist for 2017's Thurber Prize in American Humor. She teaches in the MFA programs at Southern New Hampshire University and Bay Path University

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at http://piper.asu.edu/covid-19

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.