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The Art of Freelancing

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Learn how to navigate all facets of the  industry and the secrets to getting the attention of blue-chip publishing houses, newspaper, websites and magazines. Top editors and writers share how to sell your story from pitching articles to landing a book deal. RSVP


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JENNIFER BAKER, EDITOR, ELECTRIC LITERATURE

Jennifer Baker is long-time a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay, "What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide)" is listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2018.

Jennifer is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub,Poets & Writers, and Bustle among other print & online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.


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PETER CATAPANO, EDITOR, NEW YORK TIMES OPINION

Peter Catapano was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Staten Island, where he played a lot of street hockey, baseball and drums in the basement. He attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College and began his career as a fiction writer, book and music reviewer and musician.

He has been an editor in the New York Times Opinion section since 2005, where he’s developed and edited several online series on topics ranging from music, education, war and insomnia to alcohol, animals, anxiety, philosophy and disability. He was recognized for his work in pioneering online series for the Times with a Publisher’s Award in 2008.

Peter is the author of several short essays published in The New York Times and elsewhere and the co-editor of three books published by Liveright; "The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments" and "Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments," and the forthcoming "About Us: Essays from The New York Times Disability Series," with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson.


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RAKESH SATYAL, SENIOR EDITOR, ATRIA BOOKS

Rakesh Satyal is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He held previous positions at Doubleday and HarperCollins. He has sat on the advisory board of the annual PEN World Voices Festival, has taught in the publishing program at NYU, and currently sits on the board of Lambda Literary. He is the author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name.


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MODERATOR: SUSAN SHAPIRO, PROFESSOR, THE NEW SCHOOL

Susan Shapiro, a New School writing professor, is the bestselling author/coauthor of 12 books her family hates including Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up,  The Bosnia List & the new inspiring writing guide The Byline Bible.  

Follow her on Twitter at @susanshapironet, Instagram at @Profsue123 or email ProfSue123@gmail.com.


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