Saturday, April 27
Ever wonder what established working writers talk about among themselves but rarely share with others? Christina Baker Kline, bestselling author of five novels and author/editor of five nonfiction books, shares her tips, tricks, and hard-earned trade secrets about breaking into the big bad world of book publishing—and staying there. How does a writer learn to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing publishing climate? What do you need to do to sell your first book ... and to pull off a long-term career as a writer? Christina will share the most important things she has learned about surviving and thriving in today's industry, including: the crucial things to know about getting your manuscript ready to submit in this unforgiving market; the economic realities of being a working writer, which rarely means earning a living solely from the words you write; the best way to find the agent -- and publisher that’s right (hint: it may not always be the match of your dreams); and the real skinny on the role of social media: how much -- or how little -- do you really need to do, and how do you ensure that you still have time to, you know, write?
A #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her most recent novel, A Piece of the World, explores the real-life relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. An instant New York Times bestseller, A Piece of the World was awarded the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Nautilus Award. Kline’s 2013 novel Orphan Train, about a little-known but significant piece of American history, spent more than two years on the NYT bestseller list, including five weeks at #1, and was published in 40 countries. Hundreds of communities, schools, and universities have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. Kline lives in New York City and in Southwest Harbor, Maine.