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Before and After the Book Deal

A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

January 7, 2020 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781948226400
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Everything youâEUR(TM)ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide written by an acclaimed author.

There are countless books on the market about how to write better but very few books on how to break into the marketplace with your first book. Cutting through the noise (and very mixed advice) online, while both dispelling rumors and remaining positive, Courtney Maum's Before and After the Book Deal is a one-of-a-kind resource that can help you get your book published.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including international bestselling authors Anthony Doerr, Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Ko, R. O. Kwon, Rebecca Makkai, and Ottessa Moshfegh, alongside cult favorites Sarah Gerard, Melissa Febos, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Mira Jacob.

Agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors also 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.

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 arenâEUR(TM)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 itâEUR(TM)s really like to be an author.

About this 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. Find out more at

ISBN: 9781948226400
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 384
Publisher: Catapult
Published: 2020-01-07


Praise forBefore and After the Book Deal

Forbes, 1 of the 10 Most Anticipated Books of the Year According to Independent Bookstores
An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Selection
The Rumpus, What to Read When the New Year Is Just Around the CornerAnElectric Literature Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
An Independent Book Review Best Indie Press Book of the Year

"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."âEUR"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."âEUR"Sarah LaDuke,The Roundtable, WAMC

"This book is invaluable for the serious writer who is dedicated to publication, the rare title thatâEUR(TM)s both a reference manual and a page-turner . . . A logical next step for budding writers who have consumed Stephen KingâEUR(TM)sOn Writing (2000), Anne LamottâEUR(TM)sBird by Bird (1995), and Chuck WendigâEUR(TM)sDamn Fine Story (2017)." âEUR"Booklist (starred review)

"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." âEUR"Rebecca Makkai, author of Pulitzer Prize finalistThe Great Believers

"This is the how-to book for a new era of publishing."âEUR"âEUR"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." âEUR"Publishers Weekly

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


âEURoeThis book is an act of generosity. ItâEUR(TM)s filled with insight, truth, and good advice; whatâEUR(TM)s more, it had me laughing often and loudly. A trove of riches.âEUR âEUR"R. O. Kwon, author ofThe Incendiaries

"Before and After the Book Deal is full of writing and publishing wisdom you either shouldâEUR"make that mustâEUR"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." âEUR"Benjamin Dreyer, author ofDreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

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