Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book with Courtney Maum

Event date: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Join us to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask from acclaimed author Courtney Maum.

Courtney MaumBefore and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum

Are MFA programs worth the time and money? How do people actually sit down and finish a novel? Did you get a good advance? What do you do when you feel envious of other writers? And why the heck aren’t your friends saying anything about your book? Covering questions ranging from the logistical to the existential (and everything in between), Before and After the Book Deal is the definitive guide for anyone who has ever wanted to know what it’s really like to be an author.  Authors, agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry. Their wisdom will help aspiring authors find a foothold in the publishing world and navigate the challenges of life before and after publication with sanity and grace.

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre, Touch, and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Her writing and essays have been widely published in such outlets as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Interview, and Modern Loss. She is the founder of the learning collaborative The Cabins, and she also works as a product namer and publishing consultant from her home in Connecticut. Find out more at

Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event [but can be made available with advance notice]. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Costalegre: A Novel Inspired By Peggy Guggenheim and Her Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

Touch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 7th, 2018

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476764559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone - April 7th, 2015

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