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Everything you've ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide by acclaimed author Courtney Maum. 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.



About the Author

Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of the forthcoming novel, "Touch," the chapbook "Notes from Mexico," and the acclaimed debut novel "I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You," which was rated a book of the year by Real Simple, Bustle, Electric Literature, and Flavorwire, and a book of the month by Amazon, iTunes, and Library Journal. Hailed by publications from O Magazine to the Wall Street Journal as a "literary beach read", her tale of a failed British monogamist trying to make good established Courtney as a fresh new voice in literary humor with an international bent. Based in Litchfield County where she lives with her filmmaker husband and young daughter, in addition to writing fiction, Courtney pens the satirical humor column, "Celebrity Book Review" for Electric Literature, is a book reviewer for the 2022-based news outlet, Sirens, and has been a literary advice columnist for Tin House Magazine. In addition to co-writing films that have screened in such festivals as Cannes and Sundance, Courtney also works as a corporate namer and brand strategists for creative agencies across the country. Aside from having essays in the New York Times bestselling essay collection, "Worn Stories," and "A Book of an Uncommon Prayer", Courtney's fiction and non-fiction is widely published in magazines such as Slice, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Hobart and many others. In 2013, her short story "Metronome" was a finalist for the 2013 Guernica/Dzanc Books International Literary Award, and in 2012, her fiction won The Cupboard prize (judged by Maud Casey) , Hobart Magazine's "Bison Prize" (judged by Adam Novy) , a Folio fiction finalist award (judged by Alan Heathcock) , and a Million Writers Notable Short Story of the year award. The author of the chapbook, "Notes from Mexico" from The Cupboard Press, Courtney was also the recipient of the Audi Talent Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 for screenwriting. When she's not writing, Courtney likes to cook, read, travel, sing karaoke, eat ramen, and dance. Find her on Twitter @cmaum or at courtneymaum. com



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