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Monday, February 17 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Writing and Publishing in the Modern World: So You've Written a Book. Now What?

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As a late-blooming author whose first novel, Lily Steps Out, took five years to write and another seven years to publish, I know something about getting a book into print. This talk will include my meeting with Joyce Carol Oates, the query letter, and finding an agent, editor, and cover artist. My twelve-year journey to publication led Newsday's Act II section to write a feature called "Published and Proud" in July 2012. "Rita Steps Out" was featured in the Times Ledger in August 2012.


Rita Plush

Rita Plush holds a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Queens College. Her novel, Lily Steps Out, is the story of empty-nester, Lily Gold, who, sick of making beds and cooking dinners, steps out of the comfortable life she knows, into the business world, much to the mocking disbelief of her now retired husband and grown son. Her short story collection, Alterations, explores how characters are altered by their circumstances. At the... Read More →

Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Springdale II

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