AWCS Presents: Randy Ross

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Publication: An evening with Randy Ross, Novelist and Performer

Feeling discouraged about your writing prospects? Don't be. U.S.-based writer Randy Ross pitched his debut novel God Bless Cambodia to 110 agents and 15 small presses before receiving an offer from The Permanent Press, a New York-area publisher of literary fiction. He will discuss lessons he learned the hard way about querying agents, negotiating a contract with a small press, and how much credence to give to advice from experts, well-meaning friends, and not-so well-meaning reading partners. He will also perform scenes from his one-man show, The Chronic Single's Handbook, which was derived from the novel. The show is being featured at the Edmonton fringe festival this year.


Randy Ross is a writer, performer, and Web consultant. His fiction and humor have appeared in The Drum, Black Heart Magazine, Side B Magazine, and Calliope. His comedy novel, God Bless Cambodia, is currently available in paperback with a hardcover coming out in March 2017. His one-man show, The Chronic Single's Handbook, based on the novel, has been featured at fringe theater festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. He writes a popular blog and lectures about self-promotion and marketing for writers. For seven years, Ross was the executive editor for an award-winning Web site ( He holds a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. For more information about Randy, please visit

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