March 6, 2013

Visit the Melville House booth in Boston at AWP!

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference
March 6-9, 2013

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Come visit Melville House in Booth 309!

Melville House co-founder and co-publisher Dennis Johnson will participate in two panels at AWP.

Friday, March 8
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Room 210, Level 2

Breaking Digital Ground: E-Books and Independent Literary Publishing
(featuring Craig Morgan Teicher of Publishers Weekly, Fiona McCrae, publisher of Gray Wolf Press, John Oakes, co-publisher of O/R Books, Amelia Robertson, ebook coordinator for Copper Canyon, and Dennis Johnson, co-founder and publisher of Melville House.)

Friday, March 8
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Room 210, Level 2
Hynes Convention Center

E-books are here to stay; by now they have penetrated every segment of the book market. Some indie literary presses were on the e-book vanguard, while others waited for the big guys to test the waters before jumping in. By now, though, everyone is working on, or executing a digital publishing plan. In this panel, sponsored by Publishers Weekly, indie press editors will discuss and debate what has and hasn’t worked in terms of e-book strategy and how digital changes the indie publishing world.



Saturday, March 9
10:30am – 11:45am
Room 210, Level 2

The Business of Publishing Your First Novel: Author and Publisher Perspectives.
(Dennis Johnson, Christopher Boucher, Emily St. John Mandel, Vanessa Veselka)

Melville House co-publisher and co-founder Dennis Johnson will lead a practical discussion of the publishing process with three authors in various stages of their literary careers: Emily St. John Mandel has published three acclaimed novels with Unbridled Books, while Christopher Boucher and Vanessa Veselka each debuted a novel in 2011 with Melville House and Red Lemonade, respectively. Topics will include: acquisitions, editing, big-house versus independent publishers, publicity, marketing, tours, social-networking, do you need an agent? and the changing role of the author.