From Query Letter to Publication: Navigating the Publishing Eco-system with Yi Shun Lai
From Query Letter to Publication: Navigating the Publishing Eco-system with Yi Shun Lai
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Course Details

Course Description:

Publishing is a big world, with a lot of intricate moving people—not parts—to talk to and get to know. Before you can navigate it, you need to know the basics: What function each person has on your road to publication. What role you play, and what roles you are expected to play. In this lecture and workshop, we’ll cover the various publishing models (self-publishing, small or indie press publishing, and Big Five publishing) and each of them works. We’ll also work on query letters and cover letters, and craft some working models for you to draw on when you go to write your own.

For students working on a project, please prepare a 300-word write up describing it. Be ready to read this out loud in class.


3 Hours

Genre Type:

Publishing, Business of Writing

Course Type:

Generative and Informative Workshop

Course Level

Beginner, Beginner-Intermediate,

Dates and Times: Spring 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


$99/Regular $79/Student

Author Bio

Yi Shun Lai is the co-publisher and fiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine that promotes literary citizenship, transparency, and sustainable literature. She teaches workshops and classes on creative writing and publishing at the Claremont Colleges, the University of La Verne, and other educational institutions, and in Southern New Hampshire University’s online MFA program. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, is in its fourth printing. It was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize in American Humor. She writes regularly for The Writer magazine on the art of publishing and the craft of writing. Find her online @gooddirt on Twitter and on the web at