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Self-Publishing: What's It All About? Is It Right For You?
Saturday, November 15th from 10-3pm

Come to this workshop led by Vermont author and poet, Jerry Johnson and find out!

During the workshop, Jerry will share his stories and insights from his more than ten years of experience in the publishing industry. Topics will include: (1) writer's groups and organizations such as the League of Vermont Writers, Poetry Society of Vermont and Burlington Writers Workshop; (2) making connections; (3) self-publishing on various formats; (4) social media; (5) indie presses; (6) editing and proofreading; (7) marketing; (8) print-on-demand; (9) eBooks and iBooks; (10) self-publishing companies (iUniverse, Xlibris, Lulu, Lightning Source, etc.); (11) Vermont indie presses; (12) creating your own imprint; (13) finding the “right” people, organizations and companies to help you achieve your goals.

The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Hundreds of thousands of authors are publishing profitable work right now instead of waiting for agents and publishers to give the green light.

With the encouragement of Galway Kinnell, former Poet Laureate of Vermont, Jerry Johnson self-published his first book, A Bed of Leaves, in 2004. In 2013, he established his own imprint, Creek Road Press, and collaborated with Virgo eBooks Publishing, an independent Vermont-based publisher (indie press), for the publication of Up the Creek Without a Saddle as a paperback, eBook and iBook. This was followed by Noah's Song, an illustrated children's book, in 2014. His books have received kudos from Reeve Lindbergh, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Howard Frank Mosher and many others.

Did you know that Mark Twain self-published Huckleberry Finn, Irma Rombauer self-published The Joy of Cooking, and countless others like Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Steven Crane, Upton Sinclair and Deepak Chopra published their own works?

In Jerry's own words: “Self-publishing is a good thing and you don't have to do it on your own. My goal is to give people sufficient information on what's available to help them self-publish and the encouragement to do so! I hope to cut down on their learning curve.”

The workshop fee is $50. Sign up in advance or register at the door. Call 802-247-4295 or email with any questions.



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