Getting your work to the reader can be daunting, no matter your genre of writing. While the agent-to-editor route remains an option, corporate publishing is increasingly difficult to break into, and many writers are finding success on an alternative path, using digital platforms to connect with appreciative readers.
Author and Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies Emerita Cecelia Tichi has published her work through both agent-negotiated deals and the DIY route, and in this two-hour class she’ll share knowledge she’s gleaned about how to produce and market a professional-looking, well-designed book on your own, with real-world advice for processes and best practices. Self-publishing has come of age, widening the writer’s world exponentially and opening opportunities. You can be your own gatekeeper, and she will show you how.
A native of Steel City, Pittsburgh, Cecelia Tichi is an award-winning author and faculty member at Vanderbilt University. Her books span American literature and culture from colonial days to modern times, but recently draw upon the Gilded Age (1870-1914) that prompted her book on Jack London and another on seven activists in that tumultuous era. Tichi’s What Would Mrs. Astor Do? A Complete Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age (2018) segues to her new mystery series, A Gilded Death, together with Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park, and A Fatal Gilded High Note. Cecelia is at work on a fourth historical mystery, “A Fatal Gilded Freefal.” She enjoys membership and posting in Facebook’s The Gilded Age Society.
Cecelia’s books have been reviewed in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere. Tichi’s five previous mystery novels (under Tishy), set in Nashville and Boston, have been praised by mystery guru Lisa Scottoline as “great reading,” and hailed by Booklist as “a real treat.” She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cecelia is new to The Porch. Welcome!