From Emerging Writer to Published Author: How to Pitch Yourself and Your Book

The road to publication is never easy, and requires more from aspiring writers than a cover letter and a solid manuscript. Agents and editors want to see the relevance of your writing and your persona, both online and in person.

You will learn the importance of creating an integrated author persona that combines social media, in-person networking, and written communication with agents and editors. Through lectures, exercises and group discussion, you will develop key messages about your book projects and work toward using all kinds of media to present your books and yourself to agents and editors.

About the instructor

  • Jen Sookfong Lee

    Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined (forthcoming Fall 2016); The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award; The End of East; and Shelter, a novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Room and Event. A popular CBC Radio One personality, Jen appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing in the Continuing Studies departments at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

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Instructional hours: 4

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:·       

  • Develop five key messages about your book and yourself
  • Succinctly describe your book project in two minutes or less
  • Describe your goals and personality as an author
  • Use these descriptions to network at writers’ conferences and other public events
  • Develop social media and other online tools that reflect your book and your persona
  • Pitch your book and yourself to agents and editors

How will I learn?

  • Short lectures
  • In-class discussions
  • Peer feedback
  • Participation
  • Exploration of samples provided by the instructor

How will I be evaluated?

In-class peer and instructor feedback.

Textbooks and learning materials

Custom course materials will be provided.

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