We hear so many people say they have written a book but don't know what to do next. On the panel yesterday we heard from an author who has a regional agent who has been extremely involved in helping him with publishing his four novels. Two were published by a Memphis press, BelleBridge Books.
We heard from an author who travels far and wide to festivals, speaking events and other places where she finds the audience for her young adult books. She knows her audience and has done her research.
One panelist was the owner of a small press that helps authors self-publish their books. As he said, it isn't as easy as one might think to publish your own book. He helps people with design, typesetting, covers and all the details many new writers would not know.
I spoke about my interview with Scott Douglas and Kevin Watson, owners of two small presses, Main Street Rag and Press 53 and what is expected of the writer once the book is ready to sell.
Our attendees were enthusiastic and had so many questions we ran out of time before we could complete the program. Our handouts included some writing resources. I have a few of them below.
New Pages - find publications - http://www.newpages.com/
Poets and Writers Magazine www.pw.org/literary_magazines
Main Street Rag Publishing - http://www.mainstreetrag.com/
Press 53 - www.press53.com
The Write Life - http://thewritelife.com/what-it-really-means-to-market-your-writing/
www.booksbydeanna.com - author Deanna Klingel writes clean books with a moral theme for children. Grandparents love them. She loves writing them.
http://www.oldmp.com/ Old Mountain Press. Author Tom Davis publishes anthologies with poetry and flash fiction or memoir. In a hurry to publish your book? Tom will help you get the book out in a short time.
Wally Avett - author of four novels based on true events in Appalachia.