Sunday, March 25, 2018

New Directions in Self-Publishing

I'm going to be speaking in a panel discussion on the topic of NEW DIRECTIONS IN SELF-PUBLISHING on Tuesday March 27, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

This short video introduces the topics of what Meghan Behse, Nina Munteanu, Stephanie Fysh and I will be covering.

Here's a little bit about the event.

Self-publishing has come a long way since the first print-on-demand services surfaced in the late 1990s. Driven by technological change, shifting reading habits, and proliferating formats, self-publishing is a constantly evolving space where success can be elusive, but where the odds improve with detailed knowledge of the industry, investments in professional editing and design, and a willingness to adapt to changing conditions.

Join Editors Toronto and the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) on March 27 for a panel discussion about the current state of the industry, led by four seasoned professionals whose work has involved them in all areas of self-publishing, from POD, hybrids, and ebooks to crowdfunding, audiobooks, and online reading and writing communities.

This event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is geared to writers, editors, other publishing industry professionals, and students.

You’ll hear hot takes about self-publishing from:

  • Meghan Behse, the president of PubLaunch Inc., a new online marketplace and crowdfunding platform where writers, readers, and publishing professionals join forces to get books published
  • Nina Munteanu, an internationally published author of eight science fiction novels, an experienced editor of traditionally published and self-published books, and the author of award-winning stories, essays, and non-fiction books
  • Stephanie Fysh, a Toronto-based freelance editor of independent authors in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, YA, romance, and erotica, and the former chair of Ryerson University's Publishing program
  • Mark Leslie Lefebvre, the author of more than a dozen traditionally published and self-published books, a professional speaker, a digital publishing advocate, and a bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience.

There will be a raffle held at the event to raise funds for the University of Toronto Creative Writing Bursary for emerging writers. One of the prizes is an hour of free consultation with me.

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