Forge Your Own Path in Publishing

rlnaquin 2014R. L. Naquin wrote her first novel during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and after editing she submitted to 31 agents with no bites. She didn’t give up. Naquin submitted her manuscript directly to Carina Press, a digital publisher, and four months later she scored a six-book contract. The first book in her Monster Haven series, Monster in My Closet, was just released in print, and you can check it out at your library.

On Saturday, August 23rd, Naquin will share her insight and advice on forging your own path in writing and publishing at the library’s Local Author Workshop.

Naquin says, “There are so many paths for writers to choose from– agented, traditional, indie, self-pub, digital-first, hybrid — it’s difficult for an aspiring author to make decisions with everyone telling them what they SHOULD do.  I’ll tell my absolutely ridiculous and unlikely story of how I got published, then share the choices I’ve made to move forward from there, creating a hybrid career that’s working better for me than if I’d limited myself to a single path.”

Sign in begins at 8:30 in the library’s Marvin Auditorium. Call 580-4540 or send a message to to register, or just show up at our library’s Marvin Auditorium on August 23 ready to learn and be inspired. Free coffee and breakfast will be available while supplies last.

Want to meet R.L. Naquin? Speakers will be on hand with books for purchase and signing from 12:45-2 p.m. Tell everyone you know on facebook and real life, this event is too good to be missed!

Check out the event blog for full speaker bios and program descriptions.

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop, Great Writers Right Here author fair, and Community Novel Project. Miranda is also a member of the library's Genealogy Team and Fiction Team, facilitates TALK book discussions, and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group.