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Self-Publishing Fundamentals

Self-Publishing Fundamentals
by Kim Bookless and Joe Vangsness

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:15pm-7:45pm
Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park Branch
Community Meeting Room
1150 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Join us at our October 9 Chicago Self-Publishing Meetup to learn the fundamentals of self-publishing. We will discuss the things you should consider, decisions you will make, and actions you can take to get your book published.

6:15pm - 7:15pm Presentation: Self-Publishing Fundamentals

We’ll take a look at the entire self-publishing process, including writing, editing, cover design, interior layout, ebook formatting, print options, promotion, and more. You’ll leave this meeting with an understanding of the basic steps of self-publishing. Future meetings will explore the steps in more detail.

7:15pm - 7:45pm Open Forum

We are interested in learning what self-publishing questions and concerns you have so we’ll use the time after the presentation to talk about specific topics you’d like the group to address in the future.

If you know people who would be interested in conducting a short presentation at a future meeting on something relating to self-publishing, please send them our way.


The library is located at the intersection of Fullerton and Racine. It’s accessible by CTA bus #74 on Fullerton and is 3 blocks west of the CTA Red Line. Parking is available on the street and in the lot east of the building on Fullerton.

We will be in the library’s Community Meeting Room, which will open at 6:00pm. Our presentation will begin at 6:15pm but feel free to come a little early.

About Kim Bookless ([masked],

Kim Bookless is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She has embraced the irony of her last name and offers publishing consulting services to aspiring authors. She is the Publicity and Social Media Chair for Chicago Women in Publishing.

About Joe Vangsness ([masked],

Joe Vangsness is an information technology consultant in Chicago working with small to medium sized businesses, nonprofits and professionals. He offers information technology strategy, internet marketing strategy, web design/development and training. He is the organizer of the Small Business Technology of Chicago group, which has a page on

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  • Erica W.

    Kim and Joe lead a great evening, giving a broad overview of self-publishing and establishing a line-up of future topics to delve into more deeply. It was helpful to hear and learn from other people's experiences. Thank you!

    October 17, 2012

  • Kim B.

    Joe and I are looking forward to tonight's meeting, where we'll discuss the fundamentals of self-publishing. We’ll take a look at the entire self-publishing process, including writing, editing, cover design, interior layout, ebook formatting, print options, promotion, and more.

    Don't forget to bring business cards so you can connect with other group members. See you at 6:15pm at the Lincoln Park Library!

    October 9, 2012

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