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Self-Publishing 101: The Fundamentals

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Educating yourself on how the whole self-publishing process works will save you thousands of dollars and lots of frustration. Join us on Thursday, June 5 as I explain self-publishing from start to finish, followed by a short Q&A session. Whether you’re brand new to self-publishing, an old pro, or something in between, you’ll leave with a solid understanding of how to publish a great book.

I’ll cover these topics:

• Why do you want to self-publish? – The answer determines how you should proceed.
• The ten main steps of self-publishing – Learn what, when, and how to do them.
• Three ways to self-publish – DIY, a la carte, or with a full-service self-publishing company.
• ISBNs, barcodes, and copyright registration – Why you need them and how to get them.
• Editing and design – Why they have such a huge impact on a book’s success.
• Print book, ebook, or both? – It depends on the budget, time frame, and goals for the book.
• Self-publishers’ two biggest challenges – Marketing and distribution.

We’ll be in the Lincoln Park Library's Community Room -- walk past the front desk, turn right, and walk to the end of the hall. The meeting starts at 6:15pm, but feel free to come early to chat and network.

The library is located at 1150 W Fullerton – it’s about four blocks west of the Fullerton CTA station, and the Fullerton bus stops nearby. There is a small parking lot next to the library and street parking in the area.

After the meeting, we'll adjourn to The Monkey's Paw at 2524 N Southport for buy-your-own food and drinks. We'd love to have you join us so we can continue the conversation about self-publishing fundamentals.

Hope to see you on June 5!

Kim Bookless, Organizer and Speaker

Speaker bio:
Kim Bookless is a Chicago-based publishing consultant, writer, and editor. She educates and guides authors through the process self-publishing their manuscripts, including helping them clarify their goals, explaining the self-publishing process, connecting them with excellent service providers, and serving as project manager throughout the book production process. She is an Executive Director at Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) and leader of the 300+ member Chicago Self-Publishing Group. She lectures on self-publishing and book editing at events like the Chicago Book Expo and the Chicago Writers Conference Secrets of Smart Self-Publishing workshop.