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Sunday, May 1 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10F: Do What You Want: Submitting Work on Your Terms LIMITED

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You know the basics of submitting your work: the cover letter, the waiting. Maybe you've had a piece of narrative nonfiction, a personal essay or short fiction published. But you want more out of submitting and publishing: perhaps to increase the frequency, or to publish in a way that gets you closer to a goal, such as a book. You may want to move up to the next tier of publication (we'll question if these tiers still exist and the very different things various publications can offer.) Or maybe you just want to publish pieces that are more fun, interesting, or longer: pieces that are less constrained by the procrustean effects of anticipating what editors want and more "you." We'll look at ways to be more strategic and successful so you're not just lobbing queries into the abyss. And we'll debate the merits of viewing publishing your work not quantitatively but qualitatively. We'll move between small tips and overarching philosophies. We'll share submission mantras, horror stories, victories, long shot dreams, nagging fears, and of course questions. (Come with all of these.) And we'll learn the important difference between simply publishing and publishing what you want. (Note: most examples will deal with nonfiction but many tips will apply to submitting short fiction as well.)

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Steve Macone

Nonfiction Writer
Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing, and reporting have also appeared in the American Scholar, New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, VICE and Salon. His work has been featured on NPR, Longreads... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
Franklin Room