About the only thing we love more than writing and getting published, is having our students make it into print. 

New York Writers Workshop is pleased to announce these publications by our students:

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Singing–Body and Soul, by Barbara Simon

Singing–Body and Soul is for the young singer, to help you discover how your voice, body and mind work together. The voice has the most exciting sound when a singer is between 20 to 25 years old, when “desire” starts to ride on the sound, and helps you stand out at an audition. By then, you already need years of singing experience in order to make the most of your opportunities. That means learning about your voice early–at 14 years old or younger. Singing–Body and Soul offers new guidance for developing your singing, including artistic and scientific descriptions, and song lyrics to illustrate states of mind. More storytelling than classroom lecture, with quotes and references from Charlie Brown, Albert Einstein, and Dr. Seuss, Singing–Body and Soul can help you understand your voice in new ways.

“I almost canceled out of the October 2008 NYWW, opting to stay home, clutching my available cash.  I went anyway – it was my best decision that year.  Richard Goodman helped me rework the target audience of my book Singing – Body and Soul from adults to teens – by pulling out of me the fact that singers need the most help from ages 11 to 25 – when their voices are changing.  With a rewritten snappy, sarcastic style, the new text is now drawing the attention of high-level music professionals.

–Barbara Simon, Author of Singing–Body and Soul

The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

From the author of Revenge Wears Prada, a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands “the job a million girls would die for” when she’s hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine. Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

Chosen by People and USA Today as a Great Summer Read

Little Pink Slips, by Sally Koslow

On the towering stilettos of The Devil Wears Prada comes a biting, mordantly funny debut novel about the extremely unladylike business of publishing a very ladylike magazine.

Once there was a little girl from Fargo, North Dakota, named Maggie Goldfarb, who grew up, moved to Manhattan, and morphed into Magnolia Gold, the highly paid editor-in-chief of Lady magazine, with a corner office, a designer wardrobe, and dozens of loyal employees. Then one day, Magnolia is ignominiously replaced by Bebe Blake, a brash television personality who remakes the magazine in her own hilariously inappropriate image. With her ketchup-red hair, skintight clothes, and penchant for boy-toys, Bebe is more out of control than a speeding limo. Shunted off to a back office, Magnolia seethes from the sidelines as Bebe turns her beloved, once-profitable Lady into a sideshow. As things go from bad to worse, Magnolia fears that her career will never recover, but even she can’t predict how deeply satisfying her eventual triumph will be.

Inspired by real-life events, Little Pink Slips is a novel about corporate shenanigans at their most flagrant, behind-the-scenes details of the media business in all its malfeasant glory, and one woman’s fall, rise and sweet revenge against it all: delicious, can’t-stop-reading fun.

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Straight Up and Dirty, by Stephanie Klein

She had every girl’s dream: the perfect marriage to the perfect guy in the perfect apartment on the Upper East Side. Marriage fit Stephanie Klein like a glove . . . but unfortunately it fit her husband like a noose. Celebrated bloggist, photographer, and freelance writer Stephanie Klein lets it all hang out in this juicy tell-all tracing her jump back into single life following her divorce. On the dating advice of her therapist, Klein attempts to keep “a pair and a spare” of men always on hand and has lots of bawdy fun along the way. But when the anniversary of the devastating breakup from her “wasband” forces her to revisit what happened, she finds herself wanting more than her therapist’s recommended gimmick to keep her emotionally safe.

Straight Up and Dirty demonstrates that the true measure of success isn’t what’s crossed off life’s to-do list. It’s having the grace and fortitude to move through change, curls intact and smiling.

After Etan: the Missing Child Case that Held America Captive, by Lisa Cohen

On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz left his apartment to go to his school bus stop. It was the first time he walked the two short blocks on his own. But he never made it to school that day. He vanished somewhere between his home and the bus stop, and was never seen again. The search for Etan quickly consumed the downtown Manhattan neighborhood where his family lived. Soon afterward, “Missing” posters with Etan’s smiling face blanketed the city, followed by media coverage that turned Etan’s disappearance into a national story–one that would change our cultural landscape forever.

Thirty years later, May 25 is recognized as National Missing Children’s Day, in Etan’s honor. But despite the overwhelming publicity his case received, the public knows only a fraction of what happened. That’s because the story of Etan Patz is more than a heartbreaking mystery. It is also the story of the men, women, and children who were touched by his life in the months and years after he vanished. It’s the story of the agonies and triumphs of the Patz family. It’s the story of the extraordinary twists and turns of federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois’s relentless pursuit of his prime suspect. From GraBois’s creative “outside the box” tactics, to the veteran cop who made his first pedophile bust on a dark Times Square rooftop, to the FBI rookie who cut her teeth chasing the case through the dark recesses of a child molester’s mind, this is the story of all the heroic investigators who to this day, thirty years later, continue to seek justice for Etan.
In AFTER ETAN, author Lisa Cohen draws on hundreds of interviews and nearly twenty years of research-including access to the personal files of the Patz family-to reveal for the first time the entire dramatic tale.

 

 

Success Stories from Our Pitch Conferences 

 

“The NYWW Perfect Pitch Conference fueled the final leg of my journey to my first book deal. Dropped into a roomful of aspiring authors nearing the finish line made for a high octane weekend. You couldn’t help but learn new tricks. Bonus: The pre-Conference homework focused me tightly enough to rename my book baby, Stinking Rich.”

Rob Brunet, author of Stinking Rich, Down & Out Books, September 2014. http://www.robbrunet.com

“At the New York Writers Workshop successful authors and agents taught me how to pitch my book, how to find an agent, and how to talk to editors. Then I got to meet three editors, two of whom asked to see my manuscript. For me, this conference was a game changer. Don’t look for an agent without this kind of expert help.”

Dan McMillan, J.D., Ph.D., Author of How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust (Basic Books, April 2014) http://www.drdanmcmillan.com/

Chasing Chaos

“The pitch conference was the first time I felt like this little writing project of mine could turn into an actual book. My workshop leader provided invaluable advice, and fellow writers offered support and helpful feedback. It was a very positive experience and gave me the confidence to throw myself out there and ultimately get published.”

Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid, published by Broadway Books (October 2013).

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“I sold my novel TWERP to Random House at a pitch conference sponsored by New York Writers Workshop, so of course I recommend NYWW to writers of every level. But even setting aside that success, I still wholeheartedly endorse the conference experience. The insight I gained into the realities of the publishing industry over that one weekend has changed my perspective. Before, I was an academic who dabbled in writing. Afterwards, I felt like a professional plying his trade.”

Mark Goldblatt, author of Twerp, published by Random House Books for Young Readers (May 2013).

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“The NYWW Pitch Conference was my first stop on the road to being published. I learned more than how to just string together the compelling plot points of my novel. I learned how to reveal the heart of my book—why it matters to me, and why it should matter to an audience.”

Rashad Harrison, author of Our Man in the Dark (Atria/Simon & Schuster, November 2011).

“Working with the fabulous super-star editor and author Sally Koslow has been a dream come true! I would have NEVER landed a book deal without the workshop in general and Sally in particular. Sally lent me her expertise, talent and insider knowledge of the publishing world in my relentless pursuit of realizing my potential as a published author.”

Lisa Baron, whose book, Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All, was published by Citadel in June 2011.

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“My novel, Act of Grace, will be published thanks in part to your excellent advice both in the individual consultation you provided (some of the best money I ever spent) and from doing the pitch sessions in New York.”

Karen Simpson, from note to Tim Tomlinson, leader of her Fiction Pitch Conference group. The book was published in March 2011 by Plenary Publishing.

They Called Me Mad

“The Non-Fiction Pitch Conference was an invaluable experience. It provided me with the tools and support I needed to get published. I can’t thank the folks who put it together enough.”

John Monahan, whose book, They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge, was presented at the New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conference and, as a result, was published by Berkley Books in December 2010.

Raised by Courts

“I had a good idea for a book on juvenile justice and a ready-made platform, but my proposal lacked focus and clarity. Richard Goodman’s keen analysis and the suggestions of the fine students in the class sharpened my thoughts. I sold the proposal to Kaplan Publishing Company for a nice advance.”

Judge Irene Sullivan, whose book, Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice, was published by Kaplan Publishing in November 2010.