IPNE to Take Part in Self-Publishing Workshops in Vermont on March 21 and 22


IPNE Board member Charlotte Pierce will represent IPNE and speak at two self-publishing workshops in Vermont on March 21 and March 22 at Bear Pond Books and The Galaxy Bookshop. More information for the events may be found below.

The Galaxy Bookshop and Bear Pond Books Host Self-Publishing Workshops

Self-publishing has become a major force in the world of books, and easier to do than ever with a wide range of options for authors to choose from. The volume of options can be daunting, however, as can the next steps of marketing and selling your published book. The Galaxy Bookshop and Bear Pond Books hope to educate both new and seasoned authors about the possibilities of independent publishing through a set of Self-Publishing Workshops taking place on Tuesday, March 21st, at 7 p.m. in Montpelier and on Wednesday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m. in Hardwick. 

Our panel of experts--which include successful self-published authors, an editor, a small publisher, and representatives from IngramSpark and Independent Publishers of New England--will discuss the process, from finding the right self-publishing outlet to editing and design to marketing and beyond. 

Pre-registration is required and may be done online at galaxybookshop.com or www.bearpondbooks.com or by phone at 802-472-5533 (Galaxy) or 802-229-0774 (Bear Pond).

Bear Pond Books is located at 77 Main Street in Montpelier, Vermont. The Galaxy Bookshop is located at 41 South Main Street in Hardwick, Vermont.

About our panelists:

Susannah Noel

Susannah Noel began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Wiley-Blackwell in 1992. Within a few years, she had moved from working in-house on medical and scientific journals to freelance copyediting and proofreading trade fiction and nonfiction books. She’s edited and proofed hundreds of titles, including A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs, Modern American Snipers by Chris Martin, Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option, and Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz. Clients include independent authors as well as traditional publishers: St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Picador, and other Macmillan imprints; Viking of Penguin Random House; Inner Traditions International; and Harvard University Press, among many others. She and her brother, Christopher Noël, provide a range of editing and proofreading services to authors through their company Noel Editorial (noeleditorial.com). Susannah lives in Montpelier with her husband and two teenage sons.

Charlotte Pierce

An indie publisher and freelancer, former IPNE president Charlotte Pierce started in publishing as a regional editor for Outdoor Empire Publishing in Seattle in 1980. She then served as managing editor for Home Office Computing Magazine (Scholastic) in New York starting in 1985, before moving to Boston to start Pierce Press in 1989. Charlotte grew up on a small farm in Eastern Washington and is an avid sculler (rower). She enjoys winter & summer hiking, geocaching, language learning, adventure travel, fiber arts, and all manner of crafting & making. She graduated from the University of Washington (BA cum laude) and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Master's in Public Administration, 1992). An IPNE member since 2007, Charlotte has served on the Board in a number of capacities, including president, co-president, vice-president, and secretary.

Marc Estrin

Marc Estrin (http://marcestrin.com) is an author, cellist, political activist, and founding editor of Fomite Press. His novels include Insect Dreams, the Half Life of Gregor Samsa (2002), The Education of Arnold Hitler (2005), Golem Song (2006), The Lamentations of Julius Marantz (2007), The Annotated Nose (2008), and others. With photographer Ron Simon he authored the memoir Rehearsing With Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater (Chelsea Green 2004). His epic novel, Kafka’s Roach, is forthcoming May 1st. Marc lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Robbie Harold

Robbie Harold is the author of two historical mysteries, Heron Island (2010) and Murdered Sleep (2015), as well as articles, reviews, short stories, poems, and plays. Murdered Sleep was the 2015 winner for Genre Fiction in the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) annual book awards. A native of Scotland, Montpelier resident, and 2001 graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English, where she won the 1999 Robert Hayduke Poetry Prize, she is currently working on two novels, one of them a re-imagining of the life of a Civil War widow. She performs frequently in regional community theater.

Stacie Williams

Prior to joining Ingram in 2015 as a sales rep for New England bookstores, Stacie Williams worked for HarperCollins in NYC and spent 9 years as a bookseller in a large Midwest independent bookstore. In addition to bookselling, she worked on events for the store, hosting hundreds of authors and preparing marketing, publicity, and social media materials. The daughter of a writer and editor, Stacie occasionally puts pen to page for publication and has also had the pleasure of moderating half a dozen panels at AWP. Books are her jam.

For more information, call 802-472-5533 or visit galaxybookshop.com (for The Galaxy Bookshop's workshop) or call 802-229-0774 or visit www.bearpondbooks.com (for the workshop at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier).



IPNE Board Member Charlotte Pierce Hosts Local Workshop on How to Publish Your Own Book

Charlotte Pierce, current IPNE board member and past IPNE president, hosted a workshop in Arlington, MA recently (March 4), titled "How to Publish Your Own Book!"

Attendees learned the basic steps involved in producing and presenting a quality book that will attract readers. Providing a forum for questions and discussions on what it takes to publish a book, the workshop sparked creativity and interest from local residents. "It went great," Charlotte said, "the attendees want to meet regularly!" Several also planned to join IPNE.

The success of the workshop tells us about the continued interest of residents in our communities in making and publishing books. It also tells us the opportunities we have to share our knowledge with others as we continue to expand our network and connect over this escapade of writing and publishing.

Look for more news coming soon of Charlotte's upcoming talks in Vermont in April!



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