Saturday October 29: 9:30 am - 10:50 am

9:30 A.M. Getting Published: The Things They Don’t Tell You

with Laura Rock Gaughan, Emmy Nordstrom-Higdon, Pamela Mulloy, and Aimee Wall.

BSIA Room #143


Are you an aspiring writer with traditional publishing in mind? This event is for you.

There are many unique industry quirks that factor into the experience of trying to get your book published. Find out from industry experts Laura Rock Gaughan, Emmy Nordstrom-Higdon, Pamela Mulloy, and Aimee Wall what you can expect, how to make the publishing journey smoother, and what tools you’ll need to achieve your publishing goals.

  • PAMELA MULLOY is the Editor of The New Quarterly and the Creative Director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press (2018). Her novel As Little As Nothing is published by ECW Press (October, 2022). She has lived in Poland, England, and the United States and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and daughter.

  • LAURA ROCK GAUGHAN is executive director of the Literary Press Group, a nonprofit association representing over sixty independent Canadian literary publishers. Her fiction, essays, and author interviews have appeared in Canadian, Irish, and US journals, including The New Quarterly, Southword, and CRAFT, and her first book, a short story collection entitled Motherish, was published in 2018. One of her flash fiction stories, selected as runner up in CutBank’s Big Sky, Small Prose contest, is forthcoming in CutBank 97.

    Photo Credit: Rebekah Littlejohn

  • EMMY NORDSTROM HIGDON (they/them) holds a PhD in justice-oriented social work, they are a member of the planning team for the Festival of Literary Diversity, a faculty member at the Manuscript Academy, and a literary agent at Westwood Creative Artists. They are a queer, trans, and non-binary colonizer now based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). Emmy lives with their partner, a Deaf Dalmatian named Pavot, two formerly feral Maine coon cats, Whisper and Willow, and their collection of plants, informally named The Leafy Bois.

  • AIMEE WALL is a writer and translator. Her essays, short fiction, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including Maisonneuve, Matrix Magazine, the Montreal Review of Books, and Lemon Hound. Wall’s translations include Vickie Gendreau’s novels Testament (2016), and Drama Queens (2019), and Sports and Pastimes by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard (2017). She lives in Montreal. Her acclaimed debut novel, We, Jane, has been nominated for nine literary prizes including the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award for Fiction, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.


    Photo Credit: Richmond Lam