Everything You Wanted to Know about Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask

One of the very exciting panels that we have put together for this year is called Inside Publishing, and it features some of the industry's foremost players in a variety of different fields. Moderated by Vivien Jennings, owner and founder of one of the nation's most beloved independent bookstores, Rainy Day Books of Kansas City, we've put together a dazzling team of experts to answer your questions about the often murky world of books - the writing of them, the publishing of them, and the selling of them. Joining Vivien will be:

Will Schwalbe has seen the publishing business from just about every perspective possible. Not only is he the author of several bestselling books, including The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living, he is also an editor at Macmillan, and has worked as a journalist and in new media.

Melanie Benjamin is the author of several massive selling novels, including, most recently, The Swans of Fifth Avenue

In addition to having written three highly-acclaimed novels, Julia Dahl  is a journalist for CBS News. So yes, that would be two highly successful parallel writing careers you can ask her about.

Finally, we're delighted to welcome Emi Battaglia, one of the publishing industry's most experienced public relations experts.

Emi Battaglia

Emi Battaglia

Emi is the founder and president of EBPR, a publicity, marketing and literary consultation firm. Prior to that, Battaglia served as Director of Marketing and Publicity for Regan Arts, where she worked with a host of successful authors including Mariel Hemingway, UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey, and Khloe Kardashian, as well as on bestselling campaigns including ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan. Prior to her tenure with Regan Arts, Emi held a number of senior positions within the publishing world, including her role as Vice President, Associate Publisher and Marketing Director at Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books), and earlier roles with Goldberg McDuffie Communications, St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster and New American Library. She has worked with an array of accomplished authors and modern day icons, including Martha Stewart, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, the estate of Martin Luther King Jr., Jack Welch, Kitty Kelley, Michael D. Eisner, Maria Shriver, Bill Gates, Michael Moore, David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer, Nelson Demille, Ellen DeGeneres, Carole King, Rocco DiSpirito, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jane Goodall.

Come with your questions, or sit back and listen to gain new insights into how books get published. You won't want to miss this unique event.

Saturday, April 22, 11.30 - 12.45, Stamper Commons - Stephens College campus.