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Garth Stein: Selling your Soul
University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
Seattle, WA
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Tuesday Oct 01, 2013 6:00 PM - Tuesday Oct 01, 2013 8:00 PM | $15.00 - $37.50


Garth Stein: Selling your Soul
Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, shares his best-selling secrets in a workshop on book marketing.

WORKSHOP: Selling your Soul


It's not just your book you're selling, it's your life. It's your soul.

So put your soul into it.

When How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets came out, I went to every bookstore that would have me -- and some that wouldn't --  to find ways to work with them to put my book in the hands of readers.  Did they sell many copies?  Hard to tell.
    But in the process, I made lasting friendships with a network of booksellers and librarians who came to my aid to make my next book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, a smashing success.  Did it help that I had a major publisher behind me?  Of course.

But that's not what kept my book on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four-and-a-half years. It was the hand-selling that did it.
    Friends hand-sell your book, and if those friends happen to be booksellers, well, you have good taste in friends. I'll tell you of my experiences and what has worked for me; it may just work for you, too.


Wine & Cheese, Coffee & Tea provided.

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About Garth Stein
Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (Harper, 2008). Now published in 30 languages, The Art of Racing in the Rain was the #1 BookSense selection for June, 2008, the Starbucks spring/summer 2008 book selection, and has been on the IndieBound bestseller list since its publication.

Stein's previous novel, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (Soho Press, 2005) won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and was a BookSense Pick in both hardcover and paperback. Raven Stole the Moon (Harper, 2010) was Stein's first novel. He has also written a full-length play, Brother Jones, and produced a number of award-winning documentaries.

Garth is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization comprised of forty-two prominent Northwest authors dedicated to creating connections between readers, writers, booksellers, and librarians to foster and support a passion for the written word.  

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth's ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for eighteen years, Garth returned to Seattle, where he lives with his wife, three sons, and their dog, Comet.

This event is hosted by the Seattle Free Lances organization.

Originally founded as a society of professional writers, in recent years Seattle Free Lances membership has grown to include publishing industry professionals and writers actively working toward publication. It is our goal to support the continued success of our published members while also encouraging the aspirations of those writers whose ultimate aim is to become published.

We continue to meet once each month, on the first Tuesday evening, to share our stories, seek encouragement and enjoy the fellowship of our peers.


University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture (View)
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Business
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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