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Introducing Lookout Labs

Thanks to everyone who attended our first Lookout Labs! We’ll soon post recordings of both events. To be among the first to watch, sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Putting the finishing touches on your first manuscript and want to know what comes next? Thinking about a career in publishing but aren’t sure where to start? We were newbies once too. It’s been a rewarding first decade at Lookout Books, and in celebration of our anniversary, we want to open up our drawer of knowledge to you. In keeping with our mission as a teaching press, we’re launching Lookout Labs, a series of virtual conversations between authors and publishing professionals, designed to demystify the process and prepare you for your own first publication, as well as to support the next generation in learning the art and craft of publishing.


From Agency to On Sale: Publishing Your Debut Book

Thursday, March 18, 2–3:15 p.m. ET

Featuring Clare Beams, Cameron Dezen Hammon, and Emily Louise Smith. Moderated by KaToya Ellis Fleming. 

Join Lookout authors Clare Beams and Cameron Dezen Hammon alongside Lookout publisher Emily Louise Smith and editor KaToya Ellis Fleming for a conversation about what to expect when publishing your debut book—from finding an agent and signing a contract to planning your tour and sustaining your writing career. Designed to help participants along the path to publication, this workshop will offer tips toward publishing a successful debut. 





From Small Press to Big Career

Thursday, March 25, 2–3:15 p.m. ET

Featuring Kinzy Janssen, Kate McMullen, and Sumanth Prabhaker. Moderated by Lindsay Lake. 

Teaching the art and craft of publishing is at the heart of Lookout’s mission. Throughout our first decade, we’ve worked with the Publishing Laboratory at UNCW to initiate a new generation of editors, designers, publicists, and nonprofit leaders. Join alumni now at Hub City Press, Orion Magazine, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts as they discuss how their experiences in our publishing program helped prepare them for success in the literary world. They’ll offer advice for breaking into and navigating the industry, as well as for starting your own ventures.


The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students and participants to derive the full benefit of this series and accomplish their educational goals. Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by emailing lookout@uncw.edu.





This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.