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 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.