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"What Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Business" ONLINE with Leila Sales

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6/10/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


$49 for Members (sign in for member pricing; to become a member, click here.)
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.


Being a writer is a craft, but being an author is a career. Get an insider's view of how the book publishing business works.

This class aims to demystify the inner workings of the publishing business for authors: those approaching their first publication as well as those who have books out and those who simply want a better understanding of the business side of things. Writers who will benefit most from this class are those who find the publication process to be something of a black box and want to have more control over their relationships with publishers. Topics covered will include how responsibilities are divvied up within a publisher (as well as what responsibilities are the author's), how to understand the terms of your contract, how your books' finances and rights work, how to interact most effectively with your editor and publicist, and much more about what to expect all the way from submission through publication.



  • You want to know what to expect from your book's publication process.

  • You feel mystifyed by the technicalities of royalities, rights, and sales figures. 

  • If you want to understand what goes on behind the closed doors of a publishing company. 

  • You're making the transition from writing as a personal art to writing as a professional career.



Leila Sales is the author of seven young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once was a Time, and the forthcoming political comedy The Campaign (Abrams, 9/29/20). She spent more than a decade at Penguin Random House, where she edited bestselling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages. She grew up in Boston, graduated from the University of Chicago, and now lives in Austin, where she runs the Book Engineer, a book development company. Learn more at, or follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.



  • The instructor was well organized and gave a tremendous amount of good information in an orderly, easy to follow way.

  • Leila is a fabulous teacher. She was prepared for the class and was willing to go a bit off script if someone had a question that was not in her presentation. Leila knows her stuff so well that she is comfortable being fluid with her material.

  • Excellent presentation and ease of programming.

  • Leila knows her stuff: publishing, marketing, editing. Take this class if you want a peek behind the publishing curtain. Excellent content. Outstanding teacher.


Online classroom



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close on Wednesday, June 10 at 5 pm CDT. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit