Spring Master Publishing Classes with Susie
For Authors and Editors Who Want to Be Read
For Authors and Editors Who Want to Be Read
Who Want to Make an Impact
Who Want to Make a Livelihood
Eight Thursdays: March 7 – May 9 - 10am Pacific Time - ZOOM
*The link will take you to the Literary Kitchen, my online classroom home, where you’ll see all the details, and will be able to pay and save your seat. My school admin partner is Ariel Gore.
If one has a chance to work with Susie Bright, do not hesitate!
— Jen Joseph, publisher, Manic D Press
• Each master class session takes place in a ZOOM classroom, 2 hours in length.
• Each class is limited to 10 students.
• For each class, Bright will invite students to share confidential preliminary materials before the workshop, so she can address—with anonymity—your specific questions, goals, hopes. This is key to us solving the nitty gritty.
• Email me with any questions, of course.
Susie Bright changed the landscape of American publishing.
— MaryAnne Mohanraj, The Stars Change
• Any (1) Class: $175.00
A $35 deposit reserves your seat.
Due week before any single class.
• Any (4) Classes: $650.00
A $130 deposit reserves your seat for all four.
DUE BY APRIL 1. Register here.
Susie Bright’s decades-long record and extensive portfolio provide a definitive answer to anyone who wonders if they should engage in business with her, if for no other reason than her perspectives and insight have withstood the test of time.
— Edward Morrisette
• All (8) Classes: $1,200.00
A $240 deposit reserves your seat for all eight,
Deposits are non-refundable.
DUE BY MARCH 5
Susie Bright got her publisher to produce the majority of my backlist. She’s full of straight-talk and kindness—a unique combination.
— Chris McKinney, editor, Honolulu Noir
Master Class 1
“How to Ask for Favors in Publishing—Getting Yes and Saying No: Blurbs, Introductions, Read-Throughs, Pitches”
Every Writer in publishing seeks valuable advice and favors:
Read-Throughs and feedback
And . . . when writers and book people are successful, they will find themselves on the other end of the ask.
How do you ask someone to lend their reputation, status, research, talent and time, to your cause?
What makes them say yes, instead of no, and glad to be of help?
You will learn in this class how to ask for support with grace and confidence, without alienating yourself from the very people whose favor you hope to curry.
Are you ghosted on occasion, without knowing why? Declined on something you were sure would be welcomed? Find the whole processing of “asking” too humiliating to pursue? This class is about the industry reality of these dilemmas, and how to break through, with satisfaction on both sides.
Susie doesn’t just publish your writing, she adopts you into her tribe. Her interest and care for my writing over nearly 30 years inspired me to be a better author.
— Michael McComas, The Mechanics Writing Workshop
Master Class 2
“Agent Necessities — & When You’d Be Better Off Without One”
Do I need an agent?
Do I need an agent for ONE specific project?
How do I get an agent, really?
What is the full spectrum of agent’s work and why is that important?
Do agents need to know how to write and edit beautifully themselves?
What if I want to change or leave an agency?
Specialized agents – all about them, why it’s important
How to write a proposal to an agent and gain their consideration
How to know which agency would be right for you
Who is America’s best living editor? And why is it Susie Bright?
— Rob Siders, 52 Novels
Master Class 3
“Writing the Perfect Pitch Letter – How to Make Sure Your Proposal is Read and Appreciated”
Hands-on workshop to learn the basics of what belongs in a convincing pitch letter to a publisher or agent— and just as important, what to leave out.
Susie will send you a pitch template and five questions to answer before our Zoom meeting.
Do you have a book proposal that needs editing before you’re confident to send out? This is the class to bring it to.
This will require an hour or two of YOUR prep time, due 48 hours before the Zoom meet.
A goddamn brilliant Fuck-You-Pay-Me lesson on how to say Fuck-You-Pay-Me. A master class on how to pitch a master class.
NO CLASS MARCH 28 — SPRING BREAK
Master Class 4
“What Every Author Needs to Know About Contracts—Whether You Have an Agent or Attorney, or NOT”
Any author who doesn’t understand the basic tenets of their contract is in for rude awakening.
The basics are not hard. Not at all. You can learn the central issues in a day.
What parts really matter?
Would the publisher change any of it, if you asked?
Where is the wiggle room?
What are the most significant issues an author is being asked to submit or sacrifice? Should one take an adversarial or diplomatic approach?
What would that even look like?
Doesn’t your agent do all this? Not quite.
Let’s demystify it. We’re going to go through a typical contract together and hit all the high points. Yes, I’m glad to help you with a contract you’re negotiating now.
Susie is a generous publishing savant! She has an extensive resume in publishing from autho herself to editor and publisher. You’re guaranteed to learn so much from her!
— Angelica Lopez-Torres, University of Texas Press
Master Class 5
“The Proving Ground: Testing Your Writing in Public with Blogs, Newsletters, and Short Works”
How to test new material with real readers, find out what’s working, get leverage and credibility through small published pieces. Your first readers will determine a great deal. Your blog or newsletter, your short freelance pieces—let’s review how to make the most impact with each of them.
Magazines and Journals
Organized, definitive, well-versed, and comprehensive.
— Joanie Shoemaker, Worley Shoemaker Mangement
Master Class 6
“Inside the Publisher’s Brain! How Publishers and Agents Decide on Your Manuscript”
Why do publishers say “yes” or “no”?
There is an answer to this.
What are their rejection letters telling you, really?
Learn about the institutional memory of publishing and you’ll KNOW how they think.
We’ll examine the meaning of “comps” in publishing— comparative titles— and how authors can leverage them
We’ll use examples relating to each student’s past and future work.
Best editor I’ve ever had. Tells it like it is, asks all the right questions, has endless patience, and is both profoundly practical and profoundly kind. The rarest of gems.
— Simcha Fisher, author, journalist, The Catholic Press Association
NO CLASS APRIL 25 — SPRING BREAK #2
Master Class 7
“Ebooks and Kindle: Expand Your Audience & Avoid the Rut”
Marketing for Real; What Matters
How to Stay Sane and Make Money
Social Media – What Makes a difference any more?
Touring or Not?
The Mingling Medium
Ebook Marketing for the shy and misanthropic
Bright is uncanny at seeing what is best in your voice and coming up with ways to develop that voice and push it out to the widest possible audience. I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather work within publishing!
— Josh Kornbluth, playwright, author, Haiku Tunnel, Red Diaper Baby, Ben Franklin Unplugged
Master Class 8
“Marketing Boot Camp: How to Be Famous Author Before You Die”
It’s your Title Launch! You need media savvy, stat.
In fact, you needed it six months ago. Get the new year squared up!
Tips for introverts, cautions for extroverts
Fans you love
Fans you don’t
And everyone else you’re going to meet!
A bright guiding light in publishing, her participation is kind, constructive, and a kinetic part of the creative process.
— Marc Huestis, filmmaker, producer, author, Sex Is . . .
Class Meets Thursdays on Zoom for two hours:
10am PST / 12pm CST / 1pm EST
Zoom invites are emailed to all participants, the Tuesday before class.
Susie Bright’s support as an editor and anthologist, her advice and encouragement, helped me develop as a novelist and story writer. Her work continues to be an inspiration to me.
— Corwin Ericson, author, Swell