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David Henry Sterry, Alice LaPlante, and Sherril Jaffe: The Art of the Novel: Novelists Discuss Writing & Selling(& 3 lucky writers get to present their pitch/query)Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully Mort Morte It’s the greatest time in history to be a novelist. From the traditional approach of finding an agent and getting a big splashy six-figure advance with one of the Big Six (or Big 5, with the merger of Penguin and Random House into Penguin House), to partnering with a cutting-edge independent publisher, to taking matters into your own hands and DIYing it with e-books and print-on-demand, there are revolutionary new avenues for writers to reach his or her audience. But first, of course, you have to write a book that people want to read.David, Alice, and Sherril will discuss how to write and sell a novel successfully. At the end of the presentation, we will randomly pick three writers who will get 90 seconds to present their pitch/query, which the panelists will then critique. So, all you novelists, come prepared to listen and learn, and maybe get a chance to kickstart your writing career!Alice LaPlante is a writer and teacher of writing who has more than 20 years experience as an award-winning journalist, corporate editorial consultant, writing coach, and university-level writing instructor. She is also an award-winning fiction writer. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in fiction at Stanford, and teaches creative writing at both Stanford and San Francisco State.Sherril Jaffe is the author of ten works of fiction, including Scars Make Your Body More Interesting, The Unexamined Wife, Expiration Date, and House Tours. She is also a MacDowell fellow, a recipient of a 2001 PEN Award, and, with a Bennington MFA, holds a professorship of Creative Writing and Literature at Sonoma State.