Speaker and Session Preview: Ilana Garon, How I Got Published — Debut Authors Share Their Stories

ilana-garonTeaching high school English in New York City has given Ilana Garon plenty of colorful experiences for her book, “Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?”: Teaching Lessons from the Bronx. In addition to sharing some of her work during our Evening Readings: A Night of Nonfiction event, Ilana will be speaking on the How I Got Published — Debut Authors Share Their Stories panel. She talked to us about what she was anticipating most about HippoCamp 2016.

Hippocampus: What will attendees take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description?

Ilana: Don’t give up on getting published, and keep submitting to random places. There are lots of up and coming small and independent presses; do not overlook these.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.  

People who are interested in writing sociology/memoirs, and people who are tired of trying to get agents and want to hear about different ways to get a book contract.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Shmooze with absolutely everyone, and bring business cards.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

Hanging out with other badass writers and editors!

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

I’d like to go for a run in Lancaster. Whenever I’m anywhere new, I try to go for a run to get a look at the scenery. Also, I hope to eat delicious food.


Join Ilana for Lancaster scenery, delicious food, and an inspiring writing conference this August at HippoCamp 2016. If you want to take advantage of our early bird discount, time is running out; so register before March 31st!