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Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by [Courtney Maum]
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Forbes, 1 of the 10 Most Anticipated Books of the Year According to Independent Bookstores
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"For all of you planning, yet again, to write that book that you've had in your head for years . . . A comprehensive guide to navigating the tricky world of publishing." —Alison Stewart, All of It, WNYC

"An all–inclusive guide for writers on how to navigate and, importantly, survive the publishing world . . . Maum peels back the gauzy romantic curtain of a working author's life and replaces it with clarity and detailed advice." —Sarah LaDuke, The Roundtable, WAMC

"Unique in scope and style, Before and After the Book Deal is a gem in the world of writing resources . . . It's informative, it’s relatable, and most of all, it helps me feel prepared to keep moving forward." —Karley Conklin, Write2Ignite

"This book is invaluable for the serious writer who is dedicated to publication, the rare title that’s both a reference manual and a page–turner . . . A logical next step for budding writers who have consumed Stephen King’s On Writing (2000), Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (1995), and Chuck Wendig’s Damn Fine Story (2017)." —Booklist (starred review)

"This is the how–to book for a new era of publishing." ––Jonny Diamond, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

"Invaluable to new writers seeking advice and support in navigating their first publication." —Publishers Weekly

"With humor and wisdom and the input of writers from across the literary firmament, Courtney Maum has assembled the go–to book for those looking to publish seriously and make a sustainable career of writing. I wish I could turn this book into a serum and inject it straight into my students' veins. I'll have to settle, for now, for imploring them to read this book." —Rebecca Makkai, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Great Believers

“This book is an act of generosity. It’s filled with insight, truth, and good advice; what’s more, it had me laughing often and loudly. A trove of riches.” —R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

"Before and After the Book Deal is full of writing and publishing wisdom you either should—make that must—know as you plot your authorial future (good luck to you!) or wish you'd known before you got into this mess in the first place (well, better late than never), and Courtney Maum is an ideal guide for the whole loopy adventure: sympathetic, just cynical enough, and uproariously funny." —Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07RSWMPKY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Catapult (January 7, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 7, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2941 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 198 ratings

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Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), the popular guidebook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, and the forthcoming memoir, The Year of the Horses. Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. Courtney is the founder of the collaborative retreat program, The Cabins and she has a creativity advice newsletter &quot;Get Published, Stay Published&quot; thatyou can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com

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By Dolly Chugh on January 11, 2020
From now on, when new / aspiring authors ask for publishing advice, I will be sending them to this gem. Funny (yes!) and informative, I only wish I had read it before my first book came out. Better late than never as it still offered me tons of useful wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding resource for debut authors
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Reviewed in Germany on January 13, 2020
I pre-ordered this book and it didn't disappoint. I'll be referring to it for years to come.
I had many questions that this book covers like, "Is this the standard rejection email or a nice version of it?" or "How can I infiltrate myself into a literary community without a writer's degree?" Courtney's humour and to-the-point advice make this read enjoyable and useful. I laughed out loud and found myself in every chapter.
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