The Conversation - What Publishers REALLY Want

Nicole Givens Kurtz of Mocha Memoirs Press and John Edward Lawson of Raw Dog Screaming Press talk about what publishers are really looking for in this revealing SFA conversation.

Individual Session

Starting date

Always Available


90 mins or less



Real talk about what publishers are looking for.

This is the peek behind the curtain that every author needs!
Throughout this course you will get:

  • Pointers from seasoned publishers
  • Industry news and norms from working professional
  • And more!

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She's the recipient of the Horror Writers Association's Diversity Grant and the Atomacon Palmetto Scribe Award-Best Short Story 2021. She's also the editor of the groundbreaking anthology, SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as numerous novels and three active speculative mystery series. She's a member of Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America.

John E. Lawson

John Edward Lawson’s novels, short fiction, and poetry have garnered nominations for many awards, including the Stoker and Wonderland Awards. In addition to being a founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People he currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction. 
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