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

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

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.

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



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

  • Courtney Maum

    This is life-changing stuff....

  • Julia Phillips

    THE BOOK BIBLE IS HERE 🙏🏻...

  • lark benobi

    It feels a little wrong to put this extraordinary book on my 'finished reading' shelf, because I'll be reading it, and reading it, and reading it. I can't imagine a time when I'll be done with it. As ...

  • Angie Kim

    I was lucky enough to get a draft of BEFORE & AFTER THE BOOK DEAL three months before the publication of my debut novel, and I devoured it in one sitting within 24 hours. It’s now been about 6 month...

  • Nic

    A fun, accessible book with some great detail on what to expect when you get your first book published. If any of my friends gets a book deal, I might buy them this book; I also recommend it to anyone...

  • Julia Ember

    A really terrific book for career writers whatever stage of the journey you're at. I found the chapters on dealing with imposter syndrome and envy particularly useful, as well as the section on how no...

  • Catapult

    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!...

  • Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/.As a person who writes (long-form marketing content) for a living and reads a ton, of course I’ve always been curious about what it would be l...

  • Mel

    Truly a wonderful collection of resources as well as encouragements and harsh truths from Maum herself and from many of her friends and colleagues in the industry, on both sides of the rejection lette...

  • Melissa

    A comprehensive explanation of the publishing process all the way from "so you want to be a writer" to "do you have to publish a second book". The soup-to-nuts guide to publishing, if you will. Maum i...