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Portland: The Best Publicity Steps for New and Aspiring Authors

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Portland Willamette Writers Presents

The Best Publicity Steps for New and Aspiring Authors

This Meeting is In-person Only

Place: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

The Portland Chapter of Willamette Writers invites you to a special event with Jessie Glenn, Director of Mindbuck Media Book Publicity, and Deborah Jayne, a specialist in queries, proposals, and publishing. They will discuss the best publicity tactics for emerging and aspiring authors. Join us on April 2 at 7 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM).

Jessie Glenn will discuss an overview of the objectives and specifics of author social media, the concept and purpose of Literary Citizenship, the steps between finishing a manuscript and submitting it to agents and publishers, and the value of publishing short pieces.

Deborah Jayne will discuss how authors can make themselves more attractive to agents and publishers through self promotion, literary accolades, and connections within the literary community. She will also discuss how to avoid common pitfalls when querying and pitching, and how to create a proposal package that will spark interest within the publishing marketplace.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

About the Speakers


The director of Mindbuck Media Book Publicity (established in 2006), Jessie Glenn is also an essayist with clips in NYTSalonWaPo, and elsewhere. Jessie has taught publicity at Portland State University’s Masters in Publishing program and has had Mindbuck Media’s publicity work highlighted in Poets & Writers magazine, AWPPublishers Weekly, and elsewhere.

Learn more about Jessie at https://mindbuckmedia.com/



With an MA in Publishing from Portland State University, Deborah Jayne is a literary editor and publicist with nearly twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. Former director of publicity at Tin House Books and special sales manager at Timber Press, Deborah now focuses on freelance work, often specializing in the creation of proposal packages and query letters.

Learn more about Deborah at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborah-jayne/


About Your Chapter Meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a donation at https://willamettewriters.org/donations/ to help support the cost of the meetings. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/


Willamette Writers continue to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf. A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

See you there!


April 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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