Instructor: David Unger
9am - 12pm
Writing poems, short stories and novels is difficult enough, but there are practical considerations for getting your work published. In this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss preparing manuscripts for submission, drafting query letters and getting your writing into the hands of an agent or publisher. We will consider which magazines/publishers, digital or otherwise, will read your writing for possible publication; whether or not to do multiple magazine submissions; how long to wait for a reply; when a follow up letter/e-mail should go out; and whether to self-publish. We will talk about networking at readings and conferences (AWP, Miami Book Fair), getting blurbs, building a reviewer list and being invited to book fairs and festivals.
David Unger was awarded Guatemala’s National Literature Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2014. His latest novel, The Mastermind (Akashic, Books, 2016) was sold into eight languages. Other publications include The Price of Escape (Akashic Books, 2011) and Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press, 2004). Five of his novels have been translated into Spanish, his native language, and he has translated fourteen books including novels, poetry collections and children’s books. His short stories and essays have appeared in Puertos Abiertos, Make Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Letras Libres, Caratula.net, KGBBarLit and Playboy Mexico. David teaches Translation at the City College of New York.