Writer-in-Residence Jessica Strawser has a unique dual perspective on the publishing industry. She has been a novelist, essayist, journalist—but also the managing editor of multiple nonfiction book imprints, the chief editor of a leading national magazine, a marketing assistant involved in PR, and, through more than a decade at Writer's Digest, an attentive ear at plenty of tables filled with other and literary agents. For this session, she'll invite a couple of industry friends to join her at the podium and offer the best combined advice they can. This is your chance to ask anything you want to know about how it all works, how to break in, and how to set yourself up for continued success once you do.
Meet the Panel
Zachary Petit is a freelance journalist and editor, and a lifelong literary and design nerd. Previously, he served as the content director of the HOW+PRINT brands, editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Award–winning publication PRINT, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, and executive editor of several related newsstand titles. Alongside the thousands of articles he has penned as a staff writer and editor, covering everything from the secret lives of mall Santas to creative legends, his words regularly appear in National Geographic Kids and Eye on Design, and have also popped up in the pages of National Geographic, Mental Floss, Melissa Rossi’s What Every American Should Know book series, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and many other outlets. He is the author of The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work and Thrive On Your Own Terms, Treat Ideas Like Cats, and co-author of A Year of Writing Prompts: 366 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. He teaches journalism at the University of Cincinnati.
Maija Zummo is a writer and editor who currently serves as editor-in-chief of Cincinnati’s alternative newsweekly, CityBeat. After starting her career as an intern at the publication, Zummo eventually became its first female editor, and under her leadership, it has won numerous awards and has maximized its reach and readership across the print and digital realms. Zummo has also served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of A-Line, a local women’s fashion and culture magazine; a book editor at North Light and IMPACT; and as editor of Her Cincinnati. In addition to being a tethered editor, she is a freelance writer and copywriter for various book lines, magazines and assorted publications, and has won numerous awards for her own writing.