Judith Curr

Five Things I've Learned About

How Publishing Works

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Join celebrated President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group, Judith Curr, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the power of storytelling and the joys of publishing – plus the behind-the-scenes lessons she’s collected throughout her career that will help you get your own story out into the world.

Online Event Details

  • 120 minutes


  • Single-Class Ticket - $60.00

View the archive of my two-hour class and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about the power of storytelling and the joys of publishing – plus the behind-the-scenes lessons I’ve collected throughout my career that will help you get your own story out into the world.

I love storytelling. Through my years in publishing, I have made a career of discovering storytellers, authors, and creators, and helping them publish creative and beautifully written books that stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page. It’s a wonderful life – one that constantly introduces to me to new voices, new experiences, and new opportunities.

Finding great stories and getting them to readers who will love and value them most is what publishing is all about. Like writing itself, publishing is very much an art at which one improves over time – but every book and every author presents new and unique opportunities and challenges. Publishing is also a collaborative art and a collaborative business –subject to established processes and procedures and considerations, no matter what the book or story.

In my upcoming live class, Five Things I’ve Learned about How Publishing Works, I will pull back the curtain on the mechanics and inner workings of the publishing industry, revealing the stories that fuel our work and the collaborative processes that guide every great story to publication.

In our time together, I’ll share my key lessons from a life devoted to publishing: Why no matter what the circumstance or the book: Content is always king; serving your audience of like-minded readers is essential; and connecting to just the right community sometimes makes all the difference. I’ll also talk about two of the most important parts of book publishing for authors – getting paid and making an impact as your book gets out out into the world.

If you’re a storyteller – or if you’re someone interested in a career in publishing – this class will help you understand the elements that signal a great and publishable story, what agents and publishers are looking for in a new work, and all that happens as they guide a work to publication. I’ll share with you what I wish all writers know about what makes the industry tick, what keeps the cogs in motion, and why publishers like me so love the industry to which we’re devoted.

I hope you’ll join me, and that our time together helps you to get your own story out into the world.

Judith Curr

Judith Curr joined HarperCollins Publishers in April 2018 as President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group, charged with the group’s growth and expansion. She brought the imprints HarperOne, Amistad, and HarperCollins Español under one roof, and created the international imprint HarperVia. Since the HarperOne Group was formed, Judith has published the heartwarming bestseller The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy to great success, along with ten other bestselling titles. She also launched the long-awaited memoir of award-winning actress Cicely Tyson at an event supported by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry, and more. She serves on the HarperCollins Global Board as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.

A native of Australia, Judith has been an executive in American publishing since 1996. Additionally, she serves on the boards of Goddard Riverside and Girls Write Now, was an adjunct professor at NYU, and has been featured in the New York TimesNPR, the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more.

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If you purchase a ticket in time to join the class live, you can view the archive as soon as it’s posted, as often as you like. Look for an email with information about how to access the course archive within 48 hours of the end of the live class. Once you get it, you’ll have all the information you need to access it as you like across any and all devices you own.

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