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Body of Stars


Literary Future Casting: Discovering Your Body of Stars

Want to publish your novel but not sure how to make it happen? Learn the behind-the-scenes process of publishing a book and get rapid-fire feedback on your work at Literary Future Casting: Discovering Your Body of Stars.
In this special event celebrating the publication of her debut novel, Body of Stars, Laura Maylene Walter will meet in conversation with writer and former publishing executive Brandi Larsen to discuss how Body of Stars went from a past dream to a Barnes & Noble highly anticipated 2021 debut. Brandi will share publishing trends and the duo will give rapid-fire advice and insight to further participants' publishing goals.
Attendees may submit either a query letter (single-spaced) or the first page of a prose project (double-spaced) via this form by March 20. Pages will be read aloud at the event. Brandi and Laura will do their best to discuss as many submissions as possible during the event but can't guarantee they'll get to every page.
Register below for this free event. Receive a signed, personalized copy of Laura's book by ordering through Mac's Backs and leaving a note in the comments section.
Laura Maylene Walter’s debut novel, Body of Stars, will be published by Dutton on March 16, 2021. Her writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Sun, The Masters Review, Ninth Letter, and many other publications. She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and a writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution and Art Omi: Writers. Laura works as a writer and editor for Cleveland Public Library, is editor-in-chief of Literary Cleveland's Gordon Square Review, and blogs for the Kenyon Review.

Brandi Larsen is a writer, speaker, and coach building a more inclusive publishing landscape. She helped create NYT bestsellers and earned Emmy nominations. Her talks about publishing, leadership, and grief inspire audiences from Zoom to Harvard. She serves as the board president for Literary Cleveland. She writes books and essays. 
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Sunday, March 21 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.


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