Selling Your Novel to a Major Publisher

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Now more than ever, there are hundreds of publishers looking for the next great novel. But no one is going to simply knock on your door and ask if you have a novel ready for publication. 

In this interactive one-day workshop, we’ll talk about all the things you need to do before you try to sell your novel, what happens during the process of getting a novel to an agent and then a publisher, and then what happens after that glorious day when the publisher says yes.  We’ll examine cases where publishers said yes, said no, or said maybe, and we’ll look with a critical eye at your own work, in hopes of working towards that glorious yes.

Participants should bring the following things to the workshop:

  • A one-page synopsis of the novel. (16 copies) 
  • A query letter seeking a literary agent. (16 copies)
  • A copy of the first chapter, formatted in standard manuscript format. (one copy)
  • A one paragraph writer’s biography, no more than 100 words. 
  • A self-addressed 9 x 12 envelope. 

About Steve Kistulentz

Steve Kistulentz is the author of the novel Panorama, (Little, Brown & Co., 2018) and the forthcoming novel, The General Secretary.  He has also published two award-winning collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (University of Akron Press, 2012) and The Luckless Age (Red Hen Press, 2010), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. Kistulentz was born in Washington, DC. He earned a BA in English from the College of William and Mary, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a PhD from the Florida State University. His shorter works have appeared in such journals as The Antioch Reviewthe Cincinnati ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewMississippi ReviewNew LettersQuarterly WestQuarter After EightThe Southern Review, and many others. He directs the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida and lives in the Tampa area with his family. Prior to writing, he spent nearly 20 years in national politics in Washington DC, directing political strategy for corporations mostly in the transportation and infrastructure areas.


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