Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 8, 2022
  • End Date: October 8, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm PT
  • Level: Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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Pitch Your Book So Publishers Pay Attention

Agents and publishers are flooded with more queries than ever before. How can you cut through the noise and get noticed? Let's step back and look at your fiction or nonfiction work with fresh eyes. We'll identify what makes your project unique, marketable, and irresistible to publishing gatekeepers, and then, with lots of examples and time for practice and feedback, work on verbal "elevator pitches," one-paragraph hooks, and one- to two-page synopses. This class includes a lunch break.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino


Beth Jusino has more than twenty years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s now a writer, developmental editor, and publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors. She’s the author of the award-winning Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago and The Author's Guide to Marketing, and she’s ghostwritten and collaborated on half a dozen additional titles for both large and small presses. Beth is a member of The Authors Guild and the Northwest Editors Guild, and has taught at writers’ conferences and book festivals around the world. Visit her online at or on Twitter/Instagram @bethjusino.