How to Keep It Together When It Feels Like Your Publishing Career is Falling Apart with Alison S. Weiss

Apr 03, 2024

Online event

A publishing career has lots of highs, but the path isn't always a smooth one: your next book doesn't sell, you part ways with your agent, your editor leaves, you get a bad review, your book doesn't sell nearly as well as you'd expected. Or maybe you're just stuck. How do you look at where you are, where you've been, and take the next steps to get you where you want to be? How do you pick yourself up and dig back in to find the joy that made you excited about creating in the first place? In this session, we're going to come together to get honest about the tough side of the publishing business, examining the challenges, discussing strategies, and considering ways to pick back up, pivot, and use negative experiences to propel us to what could be the next great thing waiting just around the corner.

Webinar Date and Time

 Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 7:30-9 PM Eastern


The webinar is 90 minutes long.


Registration will close at NOON, Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Registration for manuscript and picture book dummy critiques with Alison is now closed.

Submission deadline was March 24, 2024; no exceptions. Critique fees paid are non-refundable.

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A link to a recording of this event will be emailed the day after the webinar and will be available to registered attendees for 30 days.


Premium member price: $15

Regular price: $30

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Optional Critiques

Registration for manuscript and picture book dummy critiques with Alison is now closed.

Alison S. Weiss is offering manuscript critiques (up to 10 pages), and picture book dummy critiques.

Critiques are available to Premium Members only.


Submissions are due before the webinar. Submission deadline March 24, 2024; no exceptions.

Critique fees paid are non-refundable.

All critiques: $70 

About the Presenter


Alison S. Weiss

has been in publishing for over fifteen years. She is currently acquisitions editor at Pixel+Ink (part of the Trustbridge Media Group), a publisher focused exclusively on series publishing with transmedia potential. Her series include THE CURIOUS LEAGUE OF DETECTIVES AND THIEVES by Tom Phillips, PLOTTING THE STARS by Michelle A. Barry, THE WINTERTON DECEPTION by Janet Sumner Johnson, CLARA POOLE by Taylor Tyng, THE SINISTER SECRETS by Sean Ferrell, illustrated by Graham Carter, THE SECOND FAVORITE DAUGHTERS CLUB by Colleen Oakes, SHIVER-BY-THE-SEA by Erin Dionne, illustrated by Jenn Harney, and SKY & TY by Steve Breen among many others. Alison ran her own editorial consultancy, working with publishers including Simon & Schuster, Audible, and Arctis, as well as private clients, and was editorial director at Sky Pony Press. Her books have been nominated for and received many awards and honors, among them a William C. Morris finalist and Edgars nominations, starred reviews, and have appeared on numerous end-of-year and state lists. You can follow her on Twitter, Bluesky, and Threads at @alioop7


Questions? Email us at mddewv@scbwi.org