From Manuscript to Marketplace: You Exist Too Much with Zaina Arafat, Michelle Brower and Carla Bruce-Eddings.
Zaina Arafat, Michelle Brower, and Carla Bruce-Eddings will discuss the process of creating You Exist Too Much, the path to publication, and the challenges and opportunities that come with publicizing a book during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zaina Arafat is a LGBTQ Palestinian-American writer based in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, You Exist Too Much, was selected as an Indie Next Pick for June, and has been praised by O Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, NPR, LitHub and Good Morning America. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including Granta, The New York Times, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, VICE, BuzzFeed, Guernica and The Atlantic. She holds an MFA from Iowa and an MA from Columbia, and was awarded the 2018 Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship from Jack Jones Literary Arts. She teaches writing at Long Island University and the School of the New York Times, and is currently working on an essay collection.
Carla Bruce-Eddings is a Senior Publicist at Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press, and a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Writing at the intersections of motherhood, race, and pop culture, her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Guernica, Real Simple, and more. She’s a part of the Well-Read Black Girl book club team, and co-organizer of its annual festivals. Her essay, “Amazing Grace,” is published in the 2018 anthology Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Voices, Discovering Ourselves.
Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University. After stints at Wendy Sherman Associates and Folio Literary Management, she joined Aevitas Creative Management, where she is a partner.