The Long and Winding Road: Publishing an Essay Collection

Breakout Session


Essay collections have a mixed reputation these days: It’s a golden age of essays! ... but it often seems impossible to get a collection published. This session discusses the process, from beginning (How long should it be? How many essays should be already published? Do I need an agent? A theme?), middle (Where should I send this thing? What do I do while I wait?), to end (Do I need to worry about marketing? How can I get reviews?). Essayist Randon Billings Noble will share their stories, experience, advice -- and encouragement!



  • Randon Noble

    Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019 and her anthology of lyric essays, A Harp in the Stars, was published by Nebraska in 2021. Currently she is the founding editor of the online literary magazine...