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Paths to Publishing with The Porch (CLE)

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Presented by Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville at Parnassus Books, Nashville TN

Dec 05 2019
Paths to Publishing with The Porch (CLE)

The path from aspiring writer to published author requires tenacity, intention, and planning. The prestige and support structure offered by traditional publishers continues to be a desirable path for many writers. Yet, with the proliferation of professional, low-cost printing options and the ubiquity of e-books, self-publishing is on the rise and here to stay. No matter which path they choose, authors need to build a team around them. Panelists, including a literary agent, attorney, editor, publicist, and two authors, will help navigate the benefits and challenges as well as the legal and business issues along the path from idea to manuscript to publication. Presented in partnership with The Porch, Nashville’s independent center for writing.

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of one (1) hour of general credit.


Dan Foutz

Dan Foutz is currently assistant general counsel for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus, based out of Nashville, where he manages the Legal Department and oversees all legal and transactional matters, including the drafting and negotiation of author contracts. He has over fifteen years of experience working in legal and business development roles in the entertainment, publishing and sports industries. He earned his JD from Marquette University Law School and a BS in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Business Legal Studies. Learn more at www.LinkedIn.com/in/danfoutz.


Jennifer Chesak

Jennifer Chesak’s indie publishing and editing business, Wandering in the Words Press, helps authors cut through industry red tape, take control of their royalties, and get their books to the masses in a polished and professional manner. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She also teaches copyediting and media studies at Belmont University as well as workshops at The Porch, and she serves as the managing editor for the literary magazine SHIFT. As a freelance science and medical journalist, Jennifer has bylines in the Washington PostHealthlinePrevention, and more. Read her work at www.jenniferchesak.com.

Margaret Riley King

Margaret Riley King is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor, where she began her career after graduating from Princeton University. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, along with narrative nonfiction, memoir, and lifestyle titles in the areas of food, home, faith/spirituality, and well-being. Clients and projects represented include Chloe Benjamin, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Immortalists; Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick Love Warrior; Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks; Sue Monk Kidd; Jeannette Walls; Ann Brashares; Laura Moriarty; Ann Kidd Taylor; Cammie McGovern; New York Times bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber; Newbery Award-winner Sheila Turnage, Rachel Brathen; among others. She splits her time between her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee and New York City.

Stewart Lewis

Stewart Lewis has published six critically acclaimed young adult and adult fiction novels, including the national bestseller YOU HAVE SEVEN MESSAGES (Penguin/Random House). His novels have been translated into five languages. In addition, his non-fiction essays have been published online and in several anthologies. His latest novel, LOOK CLOSER (SourcebooksFire), was released in February ’19. His forthcoming adult romantic comedy HAPPILY WHATEVER AFTER, and young adult murder mystery ONE STUPID THING, will be released in 2020, and 2021. He teaches writing at the Porch in Nashville and is also a singer-songwriter whose songs have been used in film and TV worldwide. For more information, visit www.stewartlewis.com

Julie Schoerke

A public relations expert with 30 years experience, Julie Schoerke specializes in developing winning book publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. But it’s her infectious smile, always-positive attitude and die-hard support that welcomes authors into the JKS family. Her hallmark is creative campaigns that fit the lifestyle of the author. She’s been on the forefront of industry trends, being among the first to work with book bloggers, to produce and creatively distribute book trailers, and to secure book sale numbers reporting for indie authors to hit bestseller lists. And, in bucking trends, she reinvented the book tour to be more author-friendly. Julie is frequently interviewed on radio, literary blogs and asked to speak before audiences of all sizes. Most recently invited by The University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, Decatur Book Festival, and James River Writing Conference among others throughout the United States, her advice and ideas for promoting books are endless, current and inventive.

Ginny Smith Younce

Ginny Smith Younce is an executive editor at Penguin Press/Penguin Random House. A native of Macon, GA, she lives with her family in Nashville. Ginny is a graduate of Yale and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and she has also worked at Ecco/HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She has worked with authors including Celeste Ng, Nate Silver, Pamela Druckerman, Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff, Sherry Turkle, and Andrew Delbanco.

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