To get a debut novel into the hands of a major publishing company these days, you may have to be a historical researcher, self-promoter, pitch artist, and social media mogul (not to mention a writer). For Jane’s first novel Nannyland, which was published in spring 2016 by Simon & Schuster, she began in the 16th century by digging into the life of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for Nine Days, who was executed on Tower Green just weeks after her sixteenth birthday. Then she leapfrogged into the 21st century, going from pitch conferences to social media crash courses along the long journey to publication. Jane will discuss the joys and tribulations of this journey, the growing importance of ebooks for debut novelists, and straddling the line between women’s fiction and romance. She looks forward to hearing about your experiences as well!
Jane Hughes is a professor of international finance who has published widely in the business arena, and finally realized her dream of becoming a novelist with the publication of Nannyland by Simon & Schuster in 2016. She lives in Brookline, but her real homeplace is Cape Cod, Massachusetts.