The world of publishing has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. With the large, traditional publishing houses making strategic financial decisions to play it safe and publish primarily known quantities, the work of new authors rarely gets attention. Authors are nothing if not creative, so it didn’t take long for the DIY spirit to take hold and for the world of self-publishing to come into its own. There are now more options than ever for the writer who wants to get her work out there and it can be a bit overwhelming.
I was recently invited to join a couple of experts in the world of self-publishing, guys who’ve been there and know the pitfalls and the routes to success in this world. Tom Trimbath, the author of Modern Self Publishing
and 9 other self-published books and Wynn Allen, Ph.D., an expert in marketing and public relations, as well as a fiction and non-fiction author, asked me to collaborate with them to offer workshops on the art of
self-publishing. Editors have served as the primary gatekeepers in the publishing world. When you bypass the publishing house, you bypass the editors as well. This can be a significant problem, but not an unsolvable one. In my role as a member of the Madrona Workshop Troupe, I will be talking about word-smithing and self-editing as well as giving workshop attendees suggestions about how to find a freelance editor. In my role as book coach, I’ll be offering individualized services as well. This should be great fun! Our first 2-day workshop is set for January 26-27 in Mukilteo. For more info check out: www.MadronaWorkshopTroupe.wordpress.com