Editors, Agents, & Contracts

The Business of Building a Creative Career


Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

In this course, you will gain insights into the publishing industry based on Ying’s 20-year career as an award-winning author. Learn how to research the market to inform your story ideas. You will gain practice in refining and pitching your story professionally. Learn which is best for you, approaching editors directly, or working through an agent. With agents, learn how to get their attention to form a winning relationship for selling your work. Discover the important points of negotiating a contract, and why this is crucial even with an agent. Suitable for authors from all genres.


(smaller) Ying Compestine (c) Ben Krantz
Award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, Ying Chang Compestine is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and five cookbooks. She is the host of the popular TV cooking show New Ideas for Delicious Meals on Phoenix TV, and the spokeswoman for Nestle Maggi. Ying was also the spokesperson for Celestial Seasoning. Frequently sought after by the media, Ying has been featured on numerous national television programs, and is regularly profiled in prestigious news media outlets (The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post); and has been named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” by the Author’s Show. Ying has contributed to Cooking Light, EatingWell, Self, Men’s Health, Christian Science Monitor, and many other prestigious national publications. Her keen interest in cuisine has led her to weave food into all of her writing– including cookbooks, novels, and picture books for young readers. Her highly acclaimed novel about her life growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, has received over 30 national awards, and has been included in school syllabi globally. It was also selected for the One Book/One County reading program in Santa Clara California. To learn more, see Ying’s Wikipedia page.

Editors, Agents, & Contracts:

The Business of Building a Creative Career

Saturday, August, 25, 2018

10:30am-1:00pm; 2:00pm-4:30pm

WeWork Golden Gate * 25 Taylor St.* San Francisco

Cost: $165


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