Rock Your Book Writers' Workshop

When Jun 16, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where Bertha Bartlett Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 515-733-2685
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Author/publisher Marj Charlier

Bertha Bartlett Public Library, Story City, is hosting a writers’ workshop led by author/publisher Marj Charlier on June 16 from 10 am to 3 pm.

The chances of a new writer attracting a big-name New York publisher these days are as slimmer than they’ve ever been. Traditionally published books are now a small minority of the 4,000 new books released every day, as e-books and new publishing platforms have skyrocketed.

For the vast majority of aspiring writers who want to see their works in print, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing have become the only options. Many new authors are intimidated by the steep learning curve of indie publishing and self-marketing, and many don’t know where to start. And while self-publishing has never been easier, it’s also incredibly competitive.

This workshop will demystify the steps to indie publishing, helping fence-sitters get off the rail and into print and introducing them to effective marketing strategies.

The workshop will cover

  • Choosing an indie path
  • Editing and reviews
  • Preparing manuscripts and covers
  • Publishing and metadata
  • Marketing

Marj Charlier has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University (Phi Beta Kappa), a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from Regis University. She worked at several small and mid-sized dailies before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism she spent another twenty years in finance departments, during which she wrote and self-published her first novel. Since retiring in 2013, she has self-published eight more literary novels and two romances.

Charlier owns Sunacumen Press, a hybrid publisher based in Palm Springs, CA. She is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a sponsor of the Inlandia Institute in Riverside, CA, and a board member of the Diamond Valley Writers Guild and the Palm Springs chapter of the National League of American Pen Women.

Please call the Bertha Bartlett Public Library at 515-733-2685 to register for the workshop. Early-bird registration is $10 or $15 the day of the workshop. Space is limited. 

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.