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Friday, September 23 • 9:00am - 10:15am
The Book’s Journey: Editing from Both Sides of the Desk

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Part 1 - Organizing the Storm: We will explore how to put together a book-length collection, develop lyric and narrative poetic sequences, conceptualize book-length poems, and how to go about getting a poetry collection published. Researching appropriate presses, following submission guidelines, dealing with rejection, and what to do (at last!) after the acceptance of your manuscript. This session will be illustrated with anecdotes and examples: trials and triumphs!

Part 2 - The Two-Way: We are a writer who submits her work to editors, and also consults as a Senior Editor to Lost Horse Press about book queries and submissions; and the Founding Editor who decides about book manuscripts submitted to Lost Horse, and also designs, produces and publishes those books. We will discuss practicalities and etiquette of working with acquisitions and managing editors (especially at independent presses); preparing your manuscript for copyediting, proofreading, and promotion--blurbs and reviews, interviews, and readings.

Part 3 - Transformations on the Publisher’s Desk: What happens to a manuscript—whether it’s an anthology or another genre—when it arrives on the publisher’s desk? The book production process officially starts when the acquisitions editor submits a final, edited manuscript to a copyeditor. At that point, the manuscript is considered to be “in production” and the page layout and design process begins. In this hour, we will discuss the various revisions and transformations a manuscript undergoes—including the special challenges that anthologies present—on its journey to become a “real” book. Note that the cover design process happens in another department, in a parallel timeframe.

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Christine Holbert

Based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent press that publishes the works of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. Christine Holbert, founder and publisher of Lost Horse Press, earned her publishing degree from Eastern Washington University in 1998. At that time, she realized that few... Read More →
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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright’s new book is the ground-breaking anthology in Lost Horse Press’s Human Rights Series, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (2015). Her other nine books and chapbooks of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP / Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award; A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press); and Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center 519 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

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