October 2020

Ready, Set, Debut: How to Weather the Debut Publishing Experience with Good Humor and Grace


With a focus on pragmatic and actionable advice, Courtney Maum will empower debuting authors with the knowledge they’ll need to make the most of their first publishing experience. From tips on pre-pub communication with your editorial team to navigating the stormy waters of self-promotion and prepping for interviews (both virtual and IRL), the author of BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL will deliver been-there-made-that-mistake wisdom in her signature heartfelt, candid style.

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About Courtney Maum

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), and the handbook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book. 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 also has a writing-advice newsletter, “Get Published, Stay Published,” that you can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com.