This October (2020), I'm leading a 3-Month Online Chapbook Mentorship through Writing Workshops Dallas.
Why a Chapbook?
Writing and publishing a chapbook can be an excellent way to attract the attention of editors and agents. It can be a big step along your path to publication and the start of a career. Just as publishing individual pieces can make you more findable to decision makers, so can publishing a chapbook. I was regularly contacted by agents who read my chapbook and sent emails inquiring about longer manuscripts and am now working on a first novel with my agent, Ryan Harbage. The process of writing and publishing a chapbook also provides valuable experience: you'll have to write, revise, submit and, upon acceptance, reach out for blurbs, interviews, and reviews. It is great practice for the career you hope to have after you publish your chapbook. I'll share my roadmap with you and help you devise a path to publication tailored for your individual manuscript.
I won the Black River Chapbook Competition for my collection of short tales, Families Among Us. My chapbook, an indie bestseller, was blurbed by Roxane Gay,
Ramona Ausubel, and Matt Bell, and my work has been adapted for
broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, VICE, and over 40 other literary journals.