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Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide written by an acclaimed author. There are countless books on the market about how to write better but very few books on how to break into the marketplace with your first book. Cutting through the noise (and very mixed advice) online, while both dispelling rumors and remaining positive, Courtney Maum’s Before and After the Book Deal is a one-of-a-kind resource that can help you get your book published. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including international bestselling authors Anthony Doerr, Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Ko, R. O. Kwon, Rebecca Makkai, and Ottessa Moshfegh, alongside cult favorites Sarah Gerard, Melissa Febos, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Mira Jacob. Agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors also weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry. Their wisdom will help aspiring authors find a foothold in the publishing world and navigate the challenges of life before and after publication with sanity and grace. Are MFA programs worth the time and money? How do people actually sit down and finish a novel? Did you get a good advance? What do you do when you feel envious of other writers? And why the heck aren’t your friends saying anything about your book? Covering questions ranging from the logistical to the existential (and everything in between), Before and After the Book Deal is the definitive guide for anyone who has ever wanted to know what it’s really like to be an author.

Meet the Author

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Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels “Costalegre” (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” and “Touch” (a “New York Times” Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), the popular guidebook “Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book,” and the forthcoming memoir, “The Year of the Horses.” Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the “New York Times,” and “O, the Oprah Magazine,” and her short story “This is Not Your Fault” was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. Courtney is the founder of the collaborative retreat program, The Cabins and she has a creativity advice newsletter you can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com

Are you an author?

Take a look at the guidelines on the Author Application Form (see button below), and submit book info to attend the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival. Authors have the chance to network, meet plenty of fans, and sign books for the thousands of guests at the event. If you’re not located in Kentucky or writing about Kentucky, that’s ok too: in 2019, authors traveled from 22 states to join the fun.

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