Your memoir, hybrid memoir, or nonfiction book is in the works. Maybe you’re halfway through and are wondering how to build your platform or make your book stand apart from other memoirs on the shelf. Or maybe you’ve finished it and are excited to get it out into the world. This class will take you through the marketing process step by step.
From platform to querying to finding the right representative, literary agent and author Marisa Zeppieri and her client Allison Landa know the process. “Knowing yourself and the work you’ve created before presenting it to the industry helps you come from an authentic place,” they say. “We’ll show you how to move forward in the right direction.”
During our time together, we’ll address readying your book for the market, building a platform, crafting and submitting queries to agents, and doing your homework before signing on the dotted line. In-class discussions and writing exercises will help demystify the marketing process while optional homework will give you the opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll walk away with a polished query letter reviewed by both Marisa and Allison and a newfound enthusiasm for getting your work out into the world.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana is an author, national speaker, literary agent, and founder of the NY nonprofit, LupusChick. After retiring from journalism, Marisa moved into the publishing world as an agent, teacher, and author. When she isn’t teaching classes on memoir, proposal writing, and platform in her home state of New York, she enjoys baking, traveling, and playing with her rescue dog. Her hybrid memoir, Chronically Fabulous, about thriving with chronic illness, comes out on May 4, 2020 from Broadleaf Books.
Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Marisa Zeppieri of Strachan Literary.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, October 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, November 03, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, November 17, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, December 01, 7:00pm-9:30pm