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Saturday, October 12 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Pursuit of Publishing: Debut Authors and Their Publishers

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Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

Get both sides of the story as this year’s crop of debut authors are joined by the publishers who gave them their wings. A memoirist and an indie press, a novelist and a hybrid publisher, and an inspirational speaker and a creative publishing agency share their journeys. $20 (for Sessions 3 and 4 of Pursuit of Pub. panels)

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Adam Smyer

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cats. Knucklehead (Akashic Books) is his debut novel.

Authors and Participants
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Andrew Blotky

Azure Leadership
Andrew Blotky is the founder and CEO of Azure Leadership Group, as well as author of the book, Honestly Speaking: How the Way We Communicate Transforms Leadership, Love, and Life.  From 2013 to 2018, Andrew built and led the first global employee communications team to support all... Read More →
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Dara Beevas

Wise Ink Publishing
Dara Beevas is the founder of Wise Ink Publishing, which has helped publish more than two-hundred books in ten years, and a current Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. She's previously served on the board of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  
avatar for Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland, CA. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies... Read More →
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JK Fowler

Nomadic Press, founder
Founder and Executive Director of Nomadic Press, writer, part-time professor at Rutgers University. Oakland, CA, and Brooklyn, NY
avatar for Anniqua Rana

Anniqua Rana

Wild Boar in the Cane Field, is a celebration of the rural women of Pakistan whose indomitable spirit keeps them struggling despite all odds. She has interviewed Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan, and has published essays on gender and education.  Her next project Tales of Many Nations... Read More →
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Annie Tucker

freelance editor, She Writes Press
Annie Tucker is a San Francisco–based writing coach and developmental editor with twenty years of book and magazine publishing experience. She specializes in adult literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir and has edited more than six hundred books... Read More →


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