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Publishers and publishing -- Study and teaching -- United States, Book industries and trade -- Study and teaching -- United States


Fluctuating lists on industry sites such as Publishers Weekly rank MFA programs and thousands of agents and publishing houses solicit from MFA programs each year. However, many MFA students and graduates struggle to reconcile the nature of their degrees with the realities of the publishing industry. What are MFA programs currently doing to prepare their students for the realities of the publishing industry? Where is there the most room for improvement in their preparation (i.e., what aspects of the publishing industry do they remain unprepared for)?


Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of either the Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing, or the Master of Science in Writing: Book Publishing.

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