Publish Your Own Book

Are you ready to publish your book? Self-publishing is an increasingly successful option for emerging and established writers. On August 23rd, as part of our library’s Local Author Workshop from 9-1, Dennis E. Smirl can tell you how to get started and how to avoid rookie mistakes that can hurt sales. Discuss differences between CreateSpace and traditional publishing, with a focus on dollars invested vs dollars potentially returned. Learn about the importance of “the look”—because we do judge books by their covers, as well as their font and style. Smirl will take questions after the presentation.

Dennis Smirl 2014Dennis E. Smirl has had plenty of practice with self-publishing. He has written nine novels and more than seventy short stories and novellas, and hopes to have all nine novels—and perhaps a couple more—available through Amazon print and Amazon Kindle within the next two years.

And there’s more! We’ll be hosting a fantastic line up of speakers at Saturday’s event, including Harriet Lerner, Sarah Smarsh, and Kevin Rabas. Check out the event blog for full speaker bios, a schedule for the day, and program descriptions.

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, and 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!

We’ll be featuring our speakers for this event in blog posts throughout the week. Watch for a post on forging your own path in writing with novelist R.L. Naquin up next.

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda has a passion for local and regional writing, and loves to tell readers about fantastic work written in our home state. Creative writing is one of her favorite ways to spend time, so she works with library programs and events that encourage people in our community to get writing. Ask her for more information about the Community Novel Project, Local Author Fair, and NaNoWriMo.