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ASHEVILLE—More and more authors are turning to indie publishing in order to reach a wider audience and have greater control over their final product. But there's a lot that an indie author has to juggle, and the process can be overwhleming to anyone who has never published before.
On Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 pm, Danny Bernstein will lead the online class "Indie Publishing." This class will help authors make the journey from finishing their manuscript to taking their book to market.
Registration is now closed.
This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.
What Color is your Parachute? and The Martian are two of the more famous modern books that started out as self-published books. You’ve got a book in you. You may be writing a book but so far, it’s just a manuscript on your computer.
How can you go from manuscript to a published book and e-book? If you want to skip the traditional agent and publisher route, you can publish a book yourself, independently. It’s not easy, and it’s not quick, but publishing your book allows full control of the physical book such as book cover, content, and price. It also lets you decide how you’ll market the book and where it will be sold. Most important, it gets your book out there in the marketplace.
Danny will talk about the big picture of indie publishing and details that no one seems to think about until you self-publish. Indie publishing is an exciting trip, so let’s take a good look at the whole map before you begin the journey.
Danny Bernstein is a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. She’s written two hiking guides for the Southern Appalachians (Milestone Press), and a travel narrative, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina (History Press). Her latest book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, was published independently in 2016. Danny has written for many publications including the Mountain Xpress, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and the Smokies Life. She lives in Asheville.
In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, long before computers were cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science. She’s blogged for almost ten years about the outdoors and writing. See www.hikertohiker.com.
"Indie Publishing" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's fourth and final offering in their 2016-2017 Winter Series.
"This new program initiative is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "These online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."
The online class "Indie Publishing" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Tuesday, March 21, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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GREENSBORO—Of David Payne’s novel, Ruin Creek, the reviewer for The Dallas Morning News wrote: “I begin with what may seem a bold observation: David Payne is the most gifted American novelist of his generation."
David will lead the Fiction Master Class at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 22, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Registration is now open.
In this fiction workshop, participants will begin with a discussion of the writer’s need for psychological self-awareness; or, alternatively, the dangers of “acting out” on the page, using A River Runs Through It as their text. (Everyone should read A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.) In the afternoon session, registrants will workshop one another's submissions.
Master class registration is first-come, first-served, and all Master Class applications must be received by Friday, April 7. Each applicant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.
David Payne is The New York Times Notable author of five novels and a 2015 memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, A Brother’s Story. Payne has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Libération, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte and gives private workshops in Hillsborough: www.davidpaynebooks.com.
For full conference details, and to register, click here.
The conference features intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as publisher exhibits, "Lunch With an Author," readings, an open mic, and the third annual "Slush Pile Live!" The faculty includes poets Barbara Presnell, Julie Funderburk, and Crystal Simone Smith; fiction writers Steve Cushman and James Tate Hill; and creative nonfiction writers Melissa Delbridge and Lee Zacharias. The keynote speaker is poet Fred Chappell.
Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.