Past Meetup

An Author's Journey from Book Deal to Self-Publishing

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Next Door Cafe

659 W Diversey Parkway · Chicago, IL

How to find us

We'll be in the open area just outside the conference rooms at the back of the cafe.

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Chicago attorney Elizabeth Vrato obtained a book deal with a traditional publisher for her print book The Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Changed the World (, which was released in 2002 and featured a foreword written by President Bill Clinton. Her publisher then went out of business and the book was acquired by another traditional publisher. The new company provided very little marketing support for the book, and Elizabeth watched with dismay as her highly praised book languished on the publisher’s backlist. When she was ready to release an updated version in e-book form ( in 2015, she unhesitatingly chose to self-publish and launch a landing site: . She successfully acquired the rights to the print book from the publishing company, and plans to release an updated print version in 2017.

Join us as Elizabeth shares her experiences and advice on traditional publishing and self-publishing, including:

· The pros and cons of both publishing methods

· Why she choose to self-publish the ebook version of The Counselors

· How to end a book deal and when to get an attorney involved

· Tips for other authors, including what she’d do differently

Next Door Café (, 659 W Diversey, is hosting this meeting. There is street parking in the area and public transportation nearby.

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Speaker bio:

Elizabeth Vrato is a graduate of NYU School of Law and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. She graduated magna cum laude from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where she was given the Political Science Department Award upon graduation and was Class Valedictorian. She has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. She published her acclaimed book The Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Changed the World in print form in 2002 and an updated version in e-book form in 2015. Elizabeth’s interest in politics and history is a family legacy. She is the great-granddaughter of Hajredin bey Cakrani, one of the Founding Fathers of Albania.