Book Publishing Panel LIVE on Wednesday, November  11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  Join us for a panel discussion with leading experts in book publishing. This FREE PANEL is brought to you by Springboard for the Arts

Work of Art+: Publishing Panel

Date: November 11, 2020 6:30 pm

Location: Online

Price: Free

Category: Work of Art+

Our panel of professionals from the publishing industry, including publishers, bookstore owners and writers will try to take some of the mystery out of the ins and outs of the publishing business. TOPICS of DISCUSSION:  Pitches, proposals, agents, submissions, publishing options, marketing, social media and MORE!


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 pm Central Time
Online Platform: Zoom Webinar
Presenters: A panel of experts:



Mary Taris, President CEO Strive Publishing
Mary Taris, Strive Publishing. Mary Taris is the Founder of Strive Publishing, a local children’s book publishing company with a vision of connecting stories across cultures and generations. She is also an educator with fifteen years of teaching experience, from grade school, to middle school English, to adult English Language Learners. Just as Mary felt called to help bring diversity into the teaching field, she is now on a mission to bring more diverse books into schools, the community, and the world. She believes that everyone has a story to share and that every voice should be heard, which compels her to create pathways for emerging authors, illustrators, and editors.
Bailey Hutchinson, Milkweed Editions
Bailey Hutchinson, Milkweed Editions: Bailey Hutchinson is a bookseller for Milkweed Books and editorial assistant for Milkweed Editions. Prior to joining Milkweed in 2019, she was Assistant Director of Open Mouth Reading Series in Fayetteville, AR. She earned a BA in English Literature from Rhodes College and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arkansas, where she served as both Poetry Editor and Social Media Editor for The Arkansas International. Her writing can be found in BeloitSalamanderBOAAT, and more.
Krista Rolfzen Soukup
Krista Soukup, Blue Cottage Agency Krista Rolfzen Soukup is a literary publicist and owner of Blue Cottage Agency . She provides creative strategies and brand development for both new and experienced authors. Through her expert guidance, knowledge of the publishing industry and vast experience, she has successfully supported writers and authors across the country.
Moderated by Troy King and Andy Sturdevant

Recording: This panel will not be recorded
Captioning: This panel will be captioned using AI captioning by
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Krista Rolfzen Soukup
Publicist and Owner

Blue Cottage Agency was founded by Krista Rolfzen Soukup in 2009. Krista is a literary publicist and Owner of Blue Cottage Agency.

Some Nice Words

“When I needed a publicist to help promote my book, The Lily of the West, I found there were quite a few available, but upon discovering the highly recommended  Krista Rolfzen Soukup and Blue Cottage Agency, there was no need to look further. Krista is reliable, creative, ethical and well connected. She personifies that elusive quality of being a straight-shooter who is kind and non-judgmental. She’s been a tremendous help to me and I can’t recommend her highly enough. Simply the best.”

Author The Lily of the West, Five Star Publishing March 2019

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