Title: Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book
Author: Courtney Maum
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1948226400, $16.95; Kindle: ASIN: B07RSWMPKY, $8.63
Imprint: New York: Catapult , 2020
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.
“For all of you planning, yet again, to write that book that you’ve had in your head for years . . . A comprehensive guide to navigating the tricky world of publishing.” ―Alison Stewart, All of It, WNYC
“An all-inclusive guide for writers on how to navigate and, importantly, survive the publishing world . . . Maum peels back the gauzy romantic curtain of a working author’s life and replaces it with clarity and detailed advice.” ―Sarah LaDuke, The Roundtable, WAMC
“This book is invaluable for the serious writer who is dedicated to publication, the rare title that’s both a reference manual and a page-turner . . . A logical next step for budding writers who have consumed Stephen King’s On Writing (2000), Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (1995), and Chuck Wendig’s Damn Fine Story (2017).” ―Booklist (starred review)
“With humor and wisdom and the input of writers from across the literary firmament, Courtney Maum has assembled the go-to book for those looking to publish seriously and make a sustainable career of writing. I wish I could turn this book into a serum and inject it straight into my students’ veins. I’ll have to settle, for now, for imploring them to read this book.” ―Rebecca Makkai, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Great Believers
“This is the how-to book for a new era of publishing.” ––Jonny Diamond, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year
“Invaluable to new writers seeking advice and support in navigating their first publication.” ―Publishers Weekly
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.