Fourth Annual Spring One-Day Seminar--PATHS TO PUBLISHING--March 22, 2014


So you've written a story, an essay, a novel, a book-length work of creative nonfiction... and now you'd love to get it into the hands of readers. Now what? Do you... pursue an agent? Submit to magazines or publishers? Self-publish or indie-publish? What about contracts? Writing queries? And synopses? And book proposals? When and how do you self-promote... on a web site, Facebook page, twitter... WHEW! You've got questions about the business end of creative writing and publishing. WE HAVE ANSWERS. By the end of the day, you'll be armed with a robust set of knowledge, tips, tools, resources, all of which will help you decide YOUR next steps in the publishing aspect of your writing career!

This seminar will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Antioch University Midwest (900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH). The total cost is $150.00 ($50 of this is a nonrefundable registration fee), which covers instruction as well as continental breakfast and box lunch.

The seminar will focus purely on the business/publishing aspect of the writing life. (For developing craft, please consider our summer program options.)


Please note: Faculty will not be hearing or receiving queries/pitches at this event, but are sharing their expertise about the process of publishing and self-publishing. Thank you!

JEFF HERMAN, Literary Agent--Jeff opened his literary agency in the mid-1980s while in his mid-20s. The agency has ushered nearly 1000 books into print which have sold millions of copies, including several NY Time’s Bestsellers. His own writing includes JEFF HERMAN’S GUIDE TO PUBLISHERS, EDITORS & LITERARY AGENTS (more than 500,000 copies sold), and WRITE THE PERFECT BOOK PROPOSAL (coauthored with Deborah Herman). Always an entrepreneur and an innovator, Herman cofounded the web site: WRITERS-AGENTS-EDITORS NETWORK (, which is quickly becoming the go-to digital community for millions of writers and media professionals. Learn more about Jeff at

DEBORAH HERMAN, Literary Agent, Author, CEO of Micropublishing site, is an industry veteran specializing in agenting and publishing, and has herself published spiritual writing, and been a ghost writer and book doctor. Learn more at

KIRBY GANN--Kirby's most recent novel, Ghosting (2012), was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Shelf Unbound, and a “Must Read” title on He has written two other novels—The Barbarian Parade and —and co-edited the anthology A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Anthologies). Gann is managing editor at Sarabande Books, and also on the fiction faculty at the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University.

DAVID BRAUGHLER--Publishing Advisor at Greyden Press (, helping authors, coaches, executives & organizations to publish their stories, research and experiences - whether it's in a print book or an eBook. He provides guidance on the available publishing (including e-publishing) and printing options. An expert on self-publishing options, David speaks on this topic at numerous writing seminars.

STEVEN SAUS--Steven is an author who has also helped other authors self-publish, particularly with eBook versions, as a professional eBook Converter. Now, Steven focuses his publishing efforts on his own recently launched publishing company, Alliteration Ink, a small micro-press that focuses on anthologies and collections. Learn more at

CATHY DAY--The author of two books, her most recent work is Comeback Season (Free Press, 2008), part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season. Her first book was The Circus in Winter (Harcourt, 2004), a fictional history of her hometown. The Circus in Winter was a finalist for the GLCA New Writers Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, and the Story Prize, and is being adapted into a musical. Her stories and essays have appeared most recently in Pank, Sports Illustrated, The Millions, North American Review, and Ninth Letter and elsewhere. Her essay, “Where Do You Want Me to Sit?” appeared in Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project. Ed. Anna Leahy, published by Multilingual Matters Ltd., one of the first books on creative writing pedagogy.



MORNING CLASSES (attended by all) will give you an overview and understanding of the pros and cons, and ins and outs, of the three major avenues of publishing:

--8:15-8:45 a.m.--Check in and light continental breakfast

--8:45 a.m.--Introduction of all presenters and overview of day ahead.

--9:00-9:55 a.m--Presenters will discuss the world of TRADITIONAL publishing with "Big 6" publishers and how to get and work with an agent.

--10:00-10:55 a.m.--Presenters will discuss the world of SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING... whether for book length fiction with university or smaller independent presses or for shorter pieces (stories and essays) in print and online magazines.

--11:00-11:55 a.m.--Presenters will discuss the world of INDEPENDENT/SELF-PUBLISHING

--Noon-1:30--Box lunch and opportunity to network with fellow attendees!
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS--allow you to meet in smaller groups with morning presenters as well as additional presenters to focus on topics of particular interest:
1:30-2:30--Breakout session One
2:40-3:40--Breakout session Two
3:50-4:50--Breakout session Three
During BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose from these focused topics:
--How to write queries and proposals
--How to build a platform (web site, facebook, twitter, etc.)
--How to get your manuscript ready for self-publishing
5:00-6:00--CLOSING PANEL WITH ALL PRESENTERS, Q&A. Still have questions? We still have answers!

COST: $150.00. ($50.00 of this is a nonrefundable registration fee; the balance is tuition.)



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