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Advice from a Self-Published Author: How to Tackle Indie Publishing

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Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park Branch

1150 W. Fullerton Avenue · Chicago, IL

How to find us

Lincoln Park Library Auditorium Room, 1150 W Fullerton. Walk past the front desk, turn right, walk to the end of the hall, and turn left.

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Our last meeting featured a variety of self-publishing experts and service providers. On March 10, we’ll hear from the other side: an author who has been in the trenches of self-publishing.

Chicago author Ruth Kaufman compares self-publishing to taming an octopus—the trick is to not get squeezed. After years of "close but no cigar" in pursuit of traditional publishing, Ruth decided to self-publish. She found the books she'd read and workshops she'd taken covered only the tip of the iceberg. She’s sharing her story to help others save time and avoid frustration during the self-publishing process. Topics include:

o What she learned

o What she'd do differently

o How it's going now and what's next for her

o Advice for authors considering self-publishing

We’ll be at the Lincoln Park Library 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 metered street parking in the area.

The meeting is in the library’s Auditorium Room: Walk past the front desk, turn right, walk to the end of the hall, and turn left. The meeting starts at 6:15pm, but feel free to come early to chat and network.

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

Scroll down for more information on Ruth. Hope to see you on March 10!


Kim Bookless – Founder, Organizer, and Speaker

Chicago Self-Publishing Group

Speaker bio:

Ruth Kaufman is a Chicago author, on-camera and voiceover talent and speaker with a J.D. and a Master’s in Radio/TV. Writing accolades include Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner and RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest runner up. Her true, short story, "The Scrinch" is in the St. Martin's Press anthology The Spirit of Christmas, foreword by Debbie Macomber. Learn more at ( and (