Justine Cowan is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Pick The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames. Cowan first put pen to paper in 2017, and within two years, had completed her manuscript, secured representation with a top agent at Creative Artists Agency and landed book deals with HarperCollins (North America) and Little Brown Book Group (Europe/Asia). Cowan will share lessons learned including how to approach your writing with a publishing deal in mind, writing tips, perfecting your pitch and more of the strategies she used to land her first book deal.

About Justine Cowan

Justine was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up wandering through California’s majestic redwood forests, she became a passionate environmentalist, and has spent most of her career working to protect our nation’s natural resources.

She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics. She received her law degree with honors from Duke University School of Law, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of Duke Law Journal. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert L. Echols, United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee. Justine has received numerous awards for her public service.

Justine lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Patrick, along with their cat Mingus (who joined the family after he was discovered sleeping on their bed), and their border collie Charlie Bucket (who was an instant foster fail).

The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is her first book.

Justine’s Book

The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick

Amazon Book Review, Editors’ Pick