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Join me at the Chicago Self-Publishing GroupChicago Women in Publishing (CWIP), and other fantastic organizations as we explore the dynamic world of publishing. The Chicago Self-Publishing Group is free, and we welcome anyone interested in self-publishing to learn from us and share your knowledge. I’ll post information on other publishing events I’m involved with, as well.

March 11, 2018 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – All About Ebooks

You’ve got the hard part done: the words and pictures that make your book. Now, how do you turn that into an ebook and sell it? Join Anne-Marie Concepcion, owner of Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training, as she discusses:
• The different ebook formats—MOBI ebooks (used on Amazon Kindle), reflowable EPUBs (the most ubiquitous format), fixed-layout EPUBs (often used for children’s books), PDFs as ebooks (easiest to produce), and Apple’s proprietary iBook format (the format with the most interactivity and design control)
• The pros/cons of each format
• How to make and sell ebooks

Anne-Marie will share her hard-won ebook knowledge in this lively session, answer any and all questions, and provide a PDF handout with a list of her favorite resources for making ebooks. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/246651796/

February 10, 2018 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – How to Stay Accountable While Writing and Publishing Your Book

Is your book writing process inefficient, unproductive, or not FUN? Getting a book out into the world can be challenging but it CAN be done and it can be FUN! Join author and productivity coach Apryl Schlueter as she dives into the actual productivity and mindset strategies you can employ to write and publish your book, along with tangible steps you can take to help ensure your book is a success:
• Identify essential productivity and goal-setting strategies to help you work smarter and finish your book faster
• Understand the mindset blocks that might be holding you back from sharing your gifts
• Have an opportunity to receive coaching on your book project and get you on the fast track to completion

Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/246650792/

January 27, 2018 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Top Tips for Better Books: Advice from a Publishing Consultant

Drawing on five years of experience working with authors, publishing consultant Kim Bookless will share her best advice for self-publishers, including:
• 10 steps to becoming an author
• 3 questions to ask yourself before you publish
• 5 things authors need in order to self-publish well
• 3 levels of editing every author needs
• 5 tips for working with book designers
• 3 ways to lower your publishing costs
• 5 legal issues to be aware of
• 3 ways to distribute your self-published book
Authors of all levels (from aspiring to already published) will benefit from this discussion, and attendees will receive a multipage handout on self-publishing best practices. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/246097532/

January 25, 2018 – CWIP Program – Legal Issues for Editors, Authors, and Freelancers

As an editor or author, understanding the legal issues surrounding the industry is extremely important. In this seminar, you will learn more about copyright basics, privacy violations, fair use considerations, and trademarks. We will also cover key contract terms such as scope of work and royalties. This seminar will be beneficial to any freelancer, author, or editor with questions about these complicated legal issues. This is a free event in partnership with the University of Chicago Graham School. Open to the public. Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive, 6:00-7:30 p.m. RSVP here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/events/editing/seminar-legal-issues-editors-authors-and-freelancers/jan-25-2018

December 2, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Author Showcase: Tell Us About Your Publishing Experience!

Join us for our second annual author showcase to cheer on your fellow authors and learn from their experiences as they discuss topics from various publishing methods. This will be an excellent time for published and unpublished authors to join together and learn from each other. If you’d like to join and soak up the knowledge, RSVP now! If you’d like to be one of the published authors sharing your insight, email kim@kimbookless.com after you RSVP. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/243505387/

November 15, 2017 – CWIP Program – Amazon’s Effect on Publishing

We’ve all seen the growth of Amazon over the past decade and its far-reaching effects on the publishing industry. CWIP is taking a closer look at how Amazon has affected how publishers produce, sell, and deliver their content. We’re going to have several panelists from the Chicago publishing industry speak to their experience, and how Amazon has affected their professions. This event is going to be a town-hall style event, so please be prepared to participate if you wish. U.S. Bank Building, 40th floor, 190 S. LaSalle St., 5:30-8:00pm, $20 for non-CWIP members. Register here: https://cwip.formstack.com/forms/amazon

November 5, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Publishing Essentials: Book Editing, Design, and Proofreading

Turn your manuscript into a top-notch book by working with professional editors, designers, and proofreaders. Join us on Sunday, November 5, as publishing consultant Kim Bookless explains: the three levels of editing every author needs; the BIG differences between copy editing and proofreading, and why you need both; how a book is designed—full cover (front, back, and spine), interior layout, and ebook conversion; and how to find good self-publishing service providers. If you’re thinking of pursuing a book deal rather than self-publishing, this meetup will be helpful to you, too. The book production process is essentially the same for self-published books and traditionally published books, and we’ll explain the areas where the two publishing methods differ.  Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/243504346/

October 7, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Advice from an Author: Self-Publishing Lessons Learned

Wisdom from an experienced self-publisher is invaluable. Join us as Bianca Sloane, author of multiple self-published thrillers, shares the ups and downs of her self-publishing life. From pricing books too low, starting her author newsletter too late, not understanding the differences in types of editing (and paying for it dearly), and so much more, Bianca will give you the pointers you need to avoid the frustrations she faced and set you on the path to success. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event, limited seating. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/243493438/

October 1, 2017 – Chicago Book Expo 2017 

Chicago Book Expo is a pop-up bookstore and literary extravaganza to connect Chicago publishers and authors to their readers. Now in its sixth year, the expo features 80+ presses and local literary organizations, over a dozen programs, and the first Chicago Architecture Book Festival. Speaker list here. Noon–5pm, free, event. More info here: www.chicagobookexpo.org.

September 24, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – CreateSpace: The Pros and Cons of Amazon’s Self-Publishing Platform

Amazon CreateSpace is a great option for self-publishers: it can be quick to set up, easy to link to Amazon.com, and straightforward when it comes to payment. Like anything else, it has pros and cons, and author Bruno Pieroni will talk about them using his own experience publishing different books using that platform. He will bring books he has created on CreateSpace and its competitor Lulu.com, and will discuss pricing, printing issues, shipping, etc. If time permits, we will set up a CreateSpace book together in real time.  Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/242595798/

September 20, 2017– CWIP Fall Kickoff with Memoirist Jian Ping

Come to the Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) annual Fall Kickoff event on Wednesday, September 20th to celebrate the beginning of their 2017–2018 year. CWIP is pleased to have the widely recognized memoirist Jian Ping, also know as Jennifer Kwong, as keynote speaker this year.She is the author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China (2008), a coming-of-age story of her family’s struggle during China’s Cultural Revolution. In 2011, the book was adapted into an award-winning documentary film, which was broadcast nationally on PBS for three consecutive years. Each attendee receives a drink ticket along with one raffle ticket to win a one-year CWIP membership or any of the many other prizes available. Food will also be provided. 6:00—8:30pm, U.S. Bank Building, 40th floor, 190 S. LaSalle St., $35 for non-CWIP members. Register here: http://www.cwip.org/cwipevents/cwip-fall-kickoff/

September 19, 2017  – UC Graham School – Webinar: Introduction to Developmental Editing for Fiction

Performing a developmental edit for a fiction manuscript is much different than doing one for a nonfiction manuscript and requires a unique skill set. In this presentation, you will learn about the elements of fiction, which are the basis for fiction developmental editing, and how the role of a developmental editor differs from that of a copy editor when editing fiction manuscripts. Fiction writers who want to improve their craft will benefit from this webinar, which is led by Jill Welsh, an outstanding freelance manuscript editor and writing coach who works closely with authors to help them create the most professional and marketable books possible. Jill spoke to the Chicago Self-Publishing Group in January 2017 on the topic of Working With a Writing Coach or Developmental Editor. Online event, 6pm, $5.Register here : https://apply-graham.uchicago.edu/register/?id=bd054bf9-ca1f-4b30-bb9f-c9f7c1c86922

August 5, 2017  – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Print-on-Demand: A Self-Publisher’s Best Friend

Join us as Bethany Brown, President of The Cadence Group, explains how to use print-on-demand (POD) technology to make books available to buyers through Amazon and IngramSpark. POD gives self-publishing authors the ability to print a single book and makes it easy to distribute to Amazon and hundreds of other online retailers without requiring a large print run. Bethany will also briefly discuss other book printing options, such as offset and digital printing. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/241880799/

June 17, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Refine Your Brand & Build Your Author Platform

No matter how you choose to publish your book, author branding and platform building are critically important to your marketing plan. In this interactive and practical presentation, author and writing coach Sara Connell will explain the difference between author branding and author platform, and why you need both. She’ll share five steps you can take to supercharge your author platform, exponentially increase your visibility, and engage readers before and after your book enters the marketplace. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/238037065/

May 20, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – 3 Essentials of Selling More Books

Join us on May 20 as author and publishing coach Bryan Cohen explains how to write compelling back cover copy and more, including how one author earned over $1 million from one line of copy, why putting together an email funnel helped one author quit his job and write full-time, and what another author did to build his network and earn over six-figures in 2016.  Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/238751040/

May 17, 2017 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – Annual Publishing Fair

Join many well-known Chicago publishing professionals for CWIP’s Annual Publishing Fair on Wednesday, May 17 in the Loop. Enjoy light refreshments, connect with CWIP members, and meet professionals across the industry—including publishers; local authors, editors, and agents; service providers; universities; and allied organizations—to network and learn more about opportunities in the Chicago publishing scene. Whether you’re a writer, editor, student, publishing professional, or someone simply interested in publishing, this engaging event is a great opportunity to extend your outreach, so bring plenty of business cards! Congress Lounge at Roosevelt University (second floor): 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Info and registration here: http://www.cwip.org/cwipevents/annual-cwip-publishing-fair/

April 9, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – Legal Issues for Authors

Please join us for an informative workshop on legal issues for authors, featuring attorneys from Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA). We’ll cover copyright, permissions and fair use, defamation, work for hire, and contracts.  Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/238750028/

March 18, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – The Five Webpages Every Author Site Needs

An author website is a critically important tool for book marketing. Join us on Saturday, March 18 t

o learn what should be on your author website, and why it should be there. Author Lisette Giroux will cover the five pages every author site should have:  landing pages, including ethical bribes; home pages; library/book pages; blog pages; and contact pages. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-3:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/236828580/

March 11, 2017 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – Publishing for Professionals Full-Day Workshop

It’s 2017. Can you relate to the following?

  • Are you an entrepreneur who’d love to author a book to use as a marketing tool?
  • Do you want a unique way to define your brand and increase social media exposure?
  • Are you a subject-matter expert who needs to get your information out into the world?
  • Would you like to expand your speaking opportunities and increase your backroom sales?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this CWIP-sponsored workshop designed to teach professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners how to market their businesses by publishing a book is perfect for you. You don’t have to be a superblogger or have a journalism degree to write a compelling book; after all, you are the expert in your niche, so writing about it should come easy to anyone with passion and determination. The remainder of the process can be handled by publishing professionals who make it easy for you. CWIP is pleased to have gathered four well-known publishing professionals to take you through all the steps necessary for creating, publishing, and promoting a niche-market book – one with useful advice and information that also directs interested customers to your business. 440 S LaSalle, Room 330, 9:30am-4pm, $149 for non-CWIP members, lunch included. Register here: http://www.cwip.org/cwipevents/publishing-for-professionals-a-full-day-cwip-workshop/

February 19, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group – From Self-Publishing to Book Deal

Published author Brent Hamachek will discuss his involvement with the successful launch of a client’s self-published book in early 2016 and then publishing his own co-written book through a traditional publishing company in October. If you’re considering self-publishing with the ultimate goal of landing a book deal, join us on Sunday, February 19 to learn: effective ways to promote your work; how to present your book on Amazon; literary agents—pros and cons; and transitioning to a publisher—what questions to ask. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/236828481/

February 15, 2017 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – Ebooks from the Author’s Perspective

With over 7 billion smartphones and tablets in the world, ebooks are a simple way to break into the publishing world. They are easier and cheaper to produce than print, can be distributed worldwide instantly, and provide a better reading experience than print books in many ways. However, authors still need to know how to work well work within the ebook framework to create, distribute, and market their ebooks, because e-books are so different from their print counterparts. Join our panel of experts to learn how to turn a Word manuscript into an ebook;which e-book platforms to use in addition to Amazon; how to work with Amazon, and which distribution options are best for the author; and the best ways to market an ebook. 190 S LaSalle, 40th floor, 6-8:30pm, $25 for non-CWIP members. Register here: http://www.cwip.org/cwipevents/e-books-from-the-authors-perspective/

January 14, 2017 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Working with a Writing Coach or Developmental Editor 

One of the best things an author can do is work with a writing coach or developmental editor to ensure the book’s content is as solid and marketable as possible. With the ultimate goal of helping the author create a compelling book that appeals to the target audience, a good editor or writing coach is invisible in the end product. Join us to hear writing coach and developmental editor Jill Welsh discuss why working with a good coach or editor is so important to a book’s quality; writing the manuscript on your own vs. writing it with the help of a writing coach; working with a writing coach vs. working with a developmental editor; and finding and working with a writing coach or developmental editor. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/236145211/

December 3, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Member Show & Tell

Authors are a great source of writing, publishing, and marketing advice, and they’re happy to share what they’ve learned. Group members who are published authors (self-published, traditionally published, or hybrid) will talk to the group about writing, publishing, and marketing a book. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A and round table discussion to share more information and advice. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 1:00-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/234786854/

November 19, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – An Author’s Journey from a Book Deal to Self-Publishing

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 provided very little marketing support for the book, and Elizabeth watched with dismay as her highly praised book languished on the 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: thecounselorsbook.com. 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, and tips for other authors, including what she’d do differently. Speaker: Elizabeth Vrato, attorney and author. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12:00-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/234204224/

October 13, 2016 – UC Graham School Seminar: Exploring Editorial Career Paths

Join us Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center as Kim Bookless gives an overview of the options available specifically for editors, including employee positions within and outside of publishing companies, freelance work with companies and directly with authors, and working with self-publishers. We’ll discuss the importance of building a network and touch on some of the many career-building tools and resources available. $5 registration fee, online registration only: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/events/exploring-editorial-career-paths-10132016

October 8, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Social Media and Blogging Strategy for Authors

Amplify your book marketing outreach with a proactive social media strategy! Join us as marketing expert Scott Winterroth examines a digital marketing strategy streamlined especially for self-published authors. Scott will put into perspective how social media, your website, and content can all work together to grow your visibility online and sell more books. He practices and teaches lean marketing strategies that require little money execute with a reasonable time commitment for doing-it-yourself. These tactics will work regardless of where you are within your book launch but also useful before launch to build awareness of your book’s drop date or for crowdfunding. Speaker, Scott Winterroth, Front & SocialNext Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12:00am-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/234204150/

September 10, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Facebook Ad Campaigns for Authors

Publishers and industry experts agree that Facebook advertising can be a highly effective way to sell books. Author and marketing professional Christopher Brooks will provide an introduction to Facebook advertising for authors, including how it can help them build their brand and get books into the hands of readers. He’ll provide a step-by-step process for getting started, best practices, and resources for authors to continue to learn more. Speaker: Christopher Brooks, Ragged Right MediaNext Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12:00am-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/232109330/

August 13, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group  Meeting – Publishing with a Small Press: A Primer for Authors

Many writers, even prospective self-publishers, have a spark of hope that traditional publishers will be interested in publishing their books. There are pros and cons to both traditional publishing and self-publishing, but in some cases it makes more sense for an author to pursue a book deal with a traditional publisher than to self-publish. Since it’s very difficult to get a book deal with a large publisher like Random House, an author’s best bet may be to pitch the book to small presses. There are many more small presses than big ones, and small presses don’t require agent representation. Chicago publisher Emily Victorson will explain how publishing with a small press is different than self-publishing, how to determine whether it makes sense to pursue traditional publishing instead of self-publishing, what small presses are looking for and how to pitch to them, and how to work with a small press. Speaker: Emily Victorson, co-founder and publisher of Allium PressNext Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12:00am-2:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/231941343/

July 23, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Discoverability Strategies for Multi-Self-Published Authors

Merely releasing great novels isn’t enough to generate awareness and/or sales in today’s fast-changing, highly competitive, and crowded market. Multi-self-published authors Ruth Kaufman and Bianca Sloane will discuss practical approaches to increasing discoverability for authors who have self-published more than one book (or plan to), including going wide on distribution platforms vs. being Amazon exclusive, how and when to build your platform, and myriad options such as the power of boxed sets, Facebook parties, generating non-book content, pricing, and advertising. Speakers: authors Ruth Kaufman and Bianca SloaneNext Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 11:00am-1:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/231916595/

June 4, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Online Book Marketing for Authors

Successful book marketing takes two of three things: Time, Money, and Talent. If authors have time and talent, they don’t need money. Bethany Brown will share her valuable online marketing to-do list for self-published authors, including creating accounts on Author Central, Goodreads, Goodreads Giveaway, and LibraryThing, as well as Social Media and Review outreach and what those pitches should look like. Bethany’s advice is appropriate for both self-publishing traditionally published authors. Speaker: Bethany Brown, President of The Cadence GroupNext Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12:00-1:00pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/230047917/

May 18, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Panel Discussion – Career Avenues in Publishing

Publishing is a vast field with many different job opportunities. Better yet, plenty of nonpublishing fields are populated with jobs that require publishing skills, such as writing, editing, content marketing, printing, blogging and more. Join CWIP and a diverse panel of publishing professionals for discussions about some of the near-endless career avenues to consider in our industry. The panelists are: Heather Lengyel (traditional publishing), Heidi Thorne (book marketing and self publishing), Jen McDonald (freelance editing), and Jonathan Weyer (acquisitions). Buckingham Athletic Club, 440 S LaSalle, 6-8:30pm, $25 for non-CWIP members. Register here: https://cwip.formstack.com/forms/cwippublishingcareers

May 14, 2016 – Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) – Greater Book Sales and Connections Gala

Authors and members of the Chicago publishing community are invited to attend the Greater Book Sales and Connections gala for a few hours of networking and discovering how to sell more of your books more profitably. The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) Chicago Chapter is hosting this event.

  • Discover new ways to sell your books in large quantities with APSS Executive Director Brian Jud
  • Make new connections with authors, business owners and publishers
  • Get reacquainted with colleagues you know
  • Learn how you can participate in APSS Chicago and nationally
  • Receive special gifts

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 12 with an email to Rebecca Chauncey, President of APSS-Chicago at Rebecca@bookapss.org

May 11-14, 2016 – Book Expo America Conference (BEA)

BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. It’s the best place to discover new titles and authors, conduct business and network, and learn the latest trends. BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America. Kim Bookless will be on two panels on Thursday, May 12: How Author Associations Help Your Self-Publishing Career at 12pm, and Visual Author Branding: How to Use Cover Design to Build an Author Brand at 1pm. Programming info here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/BEA-Conferences/BEA-Education-Program/Sessions/#. Fees vary. Register here: https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=453&campaigncode=CampGE

May 7, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Sleaze-Free Selling for Authors

The biggest challenge that all entrepreneurs face—but especially authors—is that the thing you’re selling is also a thing that you CREATED. The rejection, if it comes, is that much more painful, because it’s a part of you. Talking about how great it is (i.e., writing sales copy) is that much harder, because you created it. This presentation will help you bridge the gap. Julia Kline will teach you how to get people to read your books, without you having to actually SELL them. She does this by sharing a paradigm shift she calls Sleaze-Free Selling. Speaker: Julia Kline. Capital One 360 Cafe, 21 E Chestnut, Chicago, 11am-1pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/230640896/

April 20, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – Ebooks 101

When it comes to digital publishing, there is a plethora of information to sort through and it is changing daily. Although consumers typically do not want to pay much for e-books, they do seem to want the choice of buying them; therefore, self-published authors and publishers need to find a way to provide the technology in a cost-effective way. We’ll take you through the basics of the ebook world: the differences in ebook platforms, information on conversion, and why ebooks are here to stay. Speaker: Erika Nygaard. Buckingham Athletic Club, 440 S LaSalle, 6-8:30pm, $25 for non-CWIP members. Register here: www.cwip.org/cwipevents/e-books-101/#sthash.qWMBR1h5.dpuf

Sat April 16 – Destined to Publish Conference 2016

Full-day publishing conference with topics including copyright and intellectual property; book marketing, writing strategies; and a panel discussion covering editing, time management, working with illustrators, and physical bookstores. Kim Bookless will be a panelists discussing book editing at noon. DoubleTree, 1909 Spring Road, Oakbrook, all day, $175 before April 1 or $200 after April 1, includes lunch. Register here: www.destinedtopublish.com/index.php/2012-09-11-11-51-18/registration.

April 2, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Workshop – So You Want to Be An Editor?

From high-level developmental editing to final proofreading and everything in-between, this workshop will answer your questions on how to become an editor. It’s also great information for authors who want to learn about the different types of editing and how to work with an editor.attendees will be entered to win the latest copy of The Chicago Manual of Style. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey Pkwy, 9am-12pm, $40 for non-CWIP members. Instructors: Jill Welsh and Kim Bookless. Register here: https://cwip.formstack.com/forms/cwipeditingworkshop

March 19, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Write and Self-Publish Your Nonfiction Book

Writing a nonfiction book is a great way to establish expertise on a subject or market your business. Learn how to capture your thoughts, ideas, and experiences and transform them into a well-written, well-edited, and well-designed book. Speakers: Joann Dobbie and Kim Bookless. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 12-2pm, free event. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/228285598/

March 16, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – CWIP Annual Publishing Fair

The annual CWIP Publishing Fair features local publishers, authors, agents, universities, and other publishing-related vendors, making it the perfect place to network and possibly find your next opportunity. This is one of CWIP’s largest and most successful events, and it begins at 5:30 p.m. to give attendees time to visit all exhibitors. Buckingham Athletic Club, 440 S LaSalle, 5:30-8:30pm, $25 for non-CWIP members. Register here: www.cwip.org/cwipevents/cwip-publishing-fair/.

February 21, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Public Speaking for the Pathologically Shy Author

Does the thought of meeting potential readers at an author event terrify you? Does the prospect of getting up in front of an audience make your palms sweat? Join us on Sunday, February 21 and let author and former stage director Victoria Noe give you the confidence to face any audience. No matter what publishing route we choose, writers have to find a way to stand out. Like any good business, we are a brand. How do we stand out, particularly in person? We’ll consider ways to gain new readers without being pushy, what to wear, and how to feel comfortable selling ourselves. You’ll also learn how to choose a reading and introduce yourself. Bring a three-minute excerpt from your work; time permitting, up to three audience members will be chosen to show off what they’ve learned. Next Door Cafe, 659 W Diversey, 2:30-4:30 p.m., free event. Click here for more info and to RSVP: www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/227934668/

February 17, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – Academic Publishing in the Digital Age

This first-of-its-kind CWIP program brings together a panel of distinguished professionals, representing both producers and consumers of scholarly content, to discuss how recent industry developments have reshaped the academic publishing landscape. Academic publishing now lies at the intersection of three disruptive forces in contemporary publishing: e-commerce, digital publishing, and the open-access movement. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear local industry leaders reflect on current challenges and opportunities for publishing professionals in the new academic publishing environment. 440 S LaSalle, 6-8:30pm, $25 for non-CWIP members. Click here for info and registration: www.cwip.org/cwipevents/academic-publishing-in-the-digital-age/

January 23, 2016 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Self-Publishing 101: How to Do It Well

If you’re new to self-publishing, or if you’ve self-published before and need a refresher, this in-depth look at the fundamentals of self-publishing is for you. Join us on Saturday, January 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Next Door Cafe to learn about the important areas in self-publishing, including writing your manuscript, levels of editing and proofreading needed, book production (cover design, interior layout, printing, and ebook formatting), and distribution, and we’ll touch briefly on book marketing. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of the basics of self-publishing and a comprehensive handout covering all the steps in the publishing process. Click here for more info and to RSVP: www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/227934616/.

January 20, 2016 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – Literary Agents: What They Do, How to Become One, Why Work with Them

If you’re considering pursuing a book deal or you want to learn more about traditional publishing, this panel’s for you. Literary agents play a very important role in the publishing process, especially for authors and traditional publishing houses. And many literary agents have manuscript specialties and will only look at manuscripts (both fiction and nonfiction) that fit within their particular genres. Because most traditional publishers will not accept unsolicited manuscripts, it is vital that authors find the best agents for their manuscripts and learn how to work with them to achieve the best results. Panelists include: Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie from Brown & Miller Literary Associates, Todd Stocke from Sourcebooks, and Kelli Christiansen from bibliobibuli. Registration fee is $25 for non-members. Click here for more info and to register: www.cwip.org/cwipevents/cwip-program-literary-agents-what-they-do-how-to-become-one-why-work-with-them/

January 12, 2016 – Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) Program – How to Write, Publish, and Market Your Book

Come to the January 12 Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) meeting to hear two experienced book publishing experts—James Kepler and Kim Bookless—discuss the specific steps that authors must take to succeed, from the initial creative idea for the book to eventual sales in today’s competitive marketplace. If you want to learn about both sides of the book publishing industry, this presentation is for you. Based on their real-world publishing experience, publishing professionals Jim Kepler and Kim Bookless will address the two major publishing strategies: traditional publishing and self-publishing. In their co-presentation, Jim will discuss traditional royalty publishing and Kim will explain the self-publishing process, followed by an interactive Q&A session to discuss the pros and cons of each strategy. If this is your first time at an IWOC meeting, there’s no charge. Otherwise, the registration fee for non-IWOC members is $10 with online registration or $15 at the door. Click here for more info and to register: iwoc.org/event-2077749.

December 6, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Self-Publishing Authors, You Need an Editor!

Hiring the right editor at the right time is one of the most important things you can do for your book. Join us on Sunday, December 6, 3:30-5:30pm at Next Door Cafe, where professional book editor Carly Bernstein will cover the fundamentals of book editing, including why editing is so important for self-publishers, what the different levels of editing are and where they should happen in the publishing process, how to determine which levels of editing are best for your book and how to find and work with great editors. Click here for more info and to RSVP: www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/226757283/

November 7, 2015 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Workshop – How to Create a Publishing Project Timeline

Join Chicago Women In Publishing (CWIP) and DePaul instructor Beth Ardolino, PMP, for a half-day workshop on how to create a useful publishing project timeline. Beth will take us through creating a publishing-based project timeline scenario and explain how and why good timelines are useful for managing any project large or small. The event will be held at DePaul’s Loop campus and everyone is welcome (including men!). $30 for CWIP members, $40 for nonmembers. Click here to register: cwip.formstack.com/forms/projecttimelineworkshop

November 5, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Special Sales! How to Sell Your Book in Non-bookstore Markets

Bookstore sales have been declining for years. In fact, more books are sold to buyers in market segments outside of bookstores than are sold in bookstores. Are you getting your share of these sales? Learn how to sell directly to buyers at discount stores, warehouse clubs, corporations, associations, schools, the military, and many more. Join us at 6pm at the Sulzer Regional Library in Lincoln Square to hear Brian Jud, Executive Director of the nonprofit Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS, formerly SPAN), discuss how to find new markets for existing titles, how to locate new users for your existing information, how to re-purpose your basic information, and how to increase your sales and profits. Click here for more info and to RSVP: www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/226437728/

October 24, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Audiobooks 101 and Q&A

Authors who invest in publishing recorded versions of their books can reach an entirely new audience. Join us at Capital One 360 Cafe in the Gold Coast as audiobook expert Judith West of Audio Transitions shares her knowledge of how an audiobook can help your book sales and author branding. Get advice on how audiobooks are produced, how to to work with service providers, what you can expect to pay, and more. Click here for more info and to RSVP: www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/225856726/

October 21, 2015 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – Creating the Right-Brain Business Plan

Have you ever felt that your creativity stifled your chance to be successful in business? The truth is: the imagination and intuition that make you creative can also propel you to success—if you know how to develop your skills. Learn how to turn your vision into a viable business at the Chicago Women In Publishing (CWIP) October 21 educational program, The Right-Brain Business Plan®. Elaine Luther, who is the only licensed facilitator of the Right-Brain Business Plan® workshop in the Midwest, will offer an informative, participatory program based on the Amazon bestseller of the same name by award-winning author Jennifer Lee. Following a brief review of the steps covered in the book and workshop, attendees will make their own mini accordion-book business plan. There will be hors d’oeuvres and post-programming networking following the presentation. Visit with old friends, make new connections, and get involved with the vibrant publishing scene in Chicago. There is a registration fee for non-CWIP members. Click here to register: cwip.formstack.com/forms/cwipoct21#sthash.wMRj2LC4.dpuf

September 16, 2015 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Program – CWIP 2015-2016 Fall Kickoff

Join me and Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) at 440 S LaSalle on Wednesday, September 16 as we kick off our 2015–2016 programming year. Learn about the exciting programs we have in store for CWIP and enjoy a fun evening with author and humorist Bull Garlington, who is guaranteed to entertain you with his talk on Humor and Creativity. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a raffle with exciting prizes, including a one-year CWIP membership. A raffle ticket and one drink ticket for beer, wine, or soft drink are included with registration. Visit with old friends, make new connections, and get involved with the vibrant publishing scene in Chicago! Register for the Kickoff online: cwip.formstack.com/forms/2015fallkickoff

September 12, 2015 – Self-Publishing Workshop – Learnapalooza Edgewater

Join me at Learnapalooza Lakeview on Saturday, July 18 for my free class Self-Publishing: How To Do It Well. Back away from the printer! When your manuscript is complete, it’s natural to want to hold your book in your hands, but you’re not yet ready to print. There are critical steps necessary to create a well-written, professional-looking book, and they all happen long before printing begins. We’ll quickly review the three main ways to publish a book (traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing) and the pros and cons of each, then move into the fundamentals of how to self-publish well: editing, cover design, interior layout, ebook formatting, distribution, printing, and marketing. You’ll leave knowing how the industry works, how to calculate the costs of self-publishing, and how to apply best practices to your project. Click here for more info and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-publishing-how-to-do-it-well-tickets-17709372209

August 20, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Author Branding 101: How to Brand Your Book and Yourself

Author branding is one of the most overlooked facets of strong book marketing. While marketing helps you get your message out, author branding makes sure you have a good message to communicate in the first place. Unfortunately, many authors don’t have a clear brand and are spending money on ineffective marketing as a result. With this presentation, Sylvia Frost will help authors understand how to brand their books and themselves, so that they can reach the right readers in the right way and sell a lot of books in the process:

  • What an author brand is
  • Why all authors, from first-timers to best-sellers, need strong author branding
  • What elements make great visual identities for authors and their books, including book covers and interior layout, author websites, Facebook banners, and book trailers
  • How to know which elements to focus on

Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/224403657/

July 30, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Author Websites: Finding the Right Website Designer

Do you need help with your author website, either building a new site or improving an existing one? Web designer Hilary Fosdal will explain how to find and work with a pro to get your site up and running fast. She’ll cover:

  • Why your website should be tailored to your book and your author platform
  • How to evaluate a web designer’s portfolio
  • How to ask for recommendations
  • What “the coffee test” is and what can you learn from it

Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/223025898/

July 18, 2015 – Self-Publishing Workshop – Learnapalooza Lakeview

Join me at Learnapalooza Lakeview on Saturday, July 18 for my free class Self-Publishing: How To Do It Well. Back away from the printer! When your manuscript is complete, it’s natural to want to hold your book in your hands, but you’re not yet ready to print. There are critical steps necessary to create a well-written, professional-looking book, and they all happen long before printing begins. We’ll quickly review the three main ways to publish a book (traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing) and the pros and cons of each, then move into the fundamentals of how to self-publish well: editing, cover design, interior layout, ebook formatting, distribution, printing, and marketing. You’ll leave knowing how the industry works, how to calculate the costs of self-publishing, and how to apply best practices to your project. Click here for more info and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-publishing-how-to-do-it-well-tickets-17709372209

July 14, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Library Mixer: Q&A and Show & Tell

Join us for a special mixer meet-up at the Lincoln Park Library to share your book project with other attendees. If you haven’t published yet, tell us your idea of what you want to do and ask any questions you might have.

If you have published a print book, please bring one copy for hands on sharing. If it’s digital only, perhaps print out a copy of the cover to share.

This is a great opportunity to connect with other authors, see a variety of publishing projects, and help one another through the process, from editing and design to printing and marketing to sales and beyond. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/223025377/

June 2, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Cover Design for Self-Publishers

You have 8 seconds to convince someone to buy your book, IF he/she sees it online or has pulled it from the shelf. The cover is the most crucial design consideration you’ll make as a self-publisher. Book designer Joann Sondy will look at covers from a designers’ perspective and review the key elements that will help you make that vital connection with your target audience. Join us for a visually-robust discussion about what works & what doesn’t work and how to avoid the stigma of the look of a ‘self-published’ book. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/222790521/

May 14, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – How to Publish with CreateSpace

Join us on Thursday, May 14 to unlock the magic and mystery of Amazon’s CreateSpace print-on-demand platform! Clayton Smith, author and head of Chicago’s Dapper Press, will discuss the pros and cons of using CreateSpace to self-publish a paperback version of your book, and he’ll walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/222050948/

April 19, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Mixer

Our mixer last spring was a hit, so I’m bringing it back. There’s no program or speaker—this is a purely social event at Bar Toma, 110 E Pearson Street in the heart of the Gold Coast. It’s an opportunity to relax, get to know other group members, and perhaps trade self-publishing stories, while enjoying the ambiance of a great Italian restaurant. I’ll be available to answer any self-publishing questions you might have while you’re there. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/221669177/

March 10, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Advice from a Self-Published Author: How to Tackle Indie 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 only covered 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 what she learned, what she’d do differently, how it’s going now and what’s next for her, and advice for authors considering self-publishing. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/220524459/

January 21, 2015 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – CWIP Publishing Fair

I’ll be an exhibitor at the first-ever Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Publishing Fair on January 21. The event will host local publishers, authors, recruiters, and career advisers, who will set up booths and network with CWIP members. These booths will include companies and professionals who can help market your services, share job opportunities, sell your books, or gain exposure in the Chicagoland publishing community. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and mingle with members of different publishing organizations. Everyone is welcome; there is a $25 fee for non-CWIP members. Register here: https://cwip.formstack.com/forms/publishingfair

January 15, 2015 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Ask the Self-Publishing Experts

Kick off the New Year by joining the Chicago Self-Publishing Group at our 2015 Ask the Experts event! Don’t miss this opportunity to talk one on one with book editors, print and ebook designers, marketing experts, project managers, writing coaches, and ghostwriters—many of whom are also self-published authors. Scheduled experts include Andy Crestodina, Paula Krapf, Adams Press, Clayton Smith, Jill Welsh, and more. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Click here for more info and to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Self-Publishing/events/219174181/

December 6, 2014 – Chicago Book Expo – Chicago Book Expo 2014

Join me at the third annual Chicago Book Expo will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, from 11am to 5pm at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash. Free and open to the public, this event is a celebration of Chicago-area publishers and authors. It includes a pop-up bookstore featuring books from local presses and authors, as well as a variety of readings and panel discussions. Local literary nonprofits and organizations will attend, including Chicago Women in Publishing. I’ll be at the CWIP booth, so stop by and say hello!

November 20, 2014 – Midwest Writers Association (MWA) Open Meeting – Publishing Essentials lecture

Chicago Self-Publishing Group member Jim Kepler and I will walk attendees through the steps behind a successful book. We’ll explain both how to find a publisher and how to publish your own book. Bring your questions and share your experiences. RSVP to Sue Baugh at sue.baughws@gmail.com by Monday, November 17.

September 25, 2014 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Bull Garlington: How to Be a Productive Author

Join us at 6:15pm at the Lincoln Park Library to hear Chicago humor writer Bull Garlington talk about his experiences as a traditionally published and self-published author, and listen to his valuable insight on how to be a productive writer. 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 as we continue the conversation with Bull about how to be a productive author. There’s no fee to attend the meeting, and everyone is welcome. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1lDkb4N.

September 17, 2014 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – CWIP Fall Kickoff

I’m Vice President/President-Elect of Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) — join us from 5:30 to 8:30pm at 440 S LaSalle as we kickoff our 2014–2015 programming year! You’ll learn about the exciting programs we have in store for CWIP while you enjoy a fun evening with our speaker Annie Passanisi, who is the Director of Marketing, Events, and Glitter at Polymathic. Annie will use her one-of-a-kind combination of education, inspiration, and humor to show us why we should focus on connecting, not networking. There will be hors d’oeuvres, including vegan-friendly options, a cash bar, and a raffle with exciting prizes, including a one-year CWIP Premium membership and a mystery box of books. Each attendee will get a drink ticket for one free glass of wine, beer, or pop, and will also get one free raffle ticket. After the Kickoff, attendees can go up to Buckingham Athletic Club’s Club Room on the third floor to continue conversations and apply the knowledge gained during Annie’s program. More details here: http://bit.ly/IK37ap. Register here: http://bit.ly/1r9JCas.

June 5, 2014 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Self-Publishing 101: The Fundamentals

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. 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.

April 23, 2014 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Websites for Self-Publishing Authors

Authors, you need a website! An engaging author website with interesting, relevant content is the foundation of self-publishing marketing and promotion. Join us on April 24 to hear web designer and self-publishing author Andrew Hicks discuss how to create a web presence for authors, including: How to register a domain name and buy hosting • How to find and work with a web designer, including what fees to expect • How to prepare and deliver your content • How to use images and search engine optimization (SEO) • How to start and maintain a blog • How to market your author website

March 19, 2014 – Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) – Panel Discussion on Self-Publishing Marketing and Distribution

I’m an Executive Director at Chicago Women In Publishing (CWIP) and am delighted to announce that CWIP’s March 2014 program is on the topic of self-publishing. Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday, March 19 for a panel discussion focusing on two of the biggest self-publishing challenges — book marketing and distribution. Panelists include local self-publishing authors and service providers, as well as Mark Levine, CEO of Minneapolis publishing company Hillcrest Media Group. Details and registration: http://bit.ly/1mL1Ejt.

March 6, 2014 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting- Mixer and Networking Event

Join us on Thursday, March 6, for a self-publishing mixer! There’s no program or speaker — this is purely a social event at The Book Cellar at 4736 N Lincoln in the heart of Lincoln Square. It’s a great opportunity to relax, get to know other group members, and perhaps trade self-publishing stories, all while enjoying the ambience of one of the best bookstores in Chicago. The Book Cellar Cafe serves wine, beer, coffee, pastries, soups, and sandwiches. The Book Cellar is not charging us a fee to use the space so I encourage you to purchase food and/or drinks while you’re there. Details and RSVP: http://bit.ly/1criUnt 

March 3, 2014 – Chicago Writers Conference – Secrets of Smart Self-Publishing Panel Discussion

Self publishing means you get to be in control, but it doesn’t mean you should be careless or sloppy as you work to publish your book. Smart authors educate themselves before entering the world of self-publishing. Understanding the many steps of the process will make your self-publishing journey easier and increase your book’s chances for success. Join me and my fellow panelists Paula Krapf and Erika Nygaard, along with Chicago Writers Conference founder Mare Swallow. Admission includes discussion, Q&A, wine, and networking. Details and registration: http://bit.ly/1iJCek0.

February 6, 2014 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Legal Issues for Self-Publishing Authors

Have legal questions about self-publishing? Here’s your chance to get all those questions answered from an attorney who is also a self-published author. Chicago attorneys Mary Hutchings Reed and Marci Rolnik from Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) will join us at the Lincoln Park Library Community Room on Thursday, Feb. 6 to discuss copyright, fair use, collaborating with others, contracts, and more — and we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A.

November 24, 2013 – Chicago Book Expo – Smart Self-Publishing WorkshopChicago Book Expo logo

Everyone is invited to my self-publishing workshop on Sunday, November 24 at 11:30am at the 2013 Chicago Book Expo at St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle.  There’s no charge to attend, and the workshop is a great opportunity to learn about self-publishing while showing your support for this fantastic free literary/publishing event. Visit the website for details: chicagobookexpo.com

October 17, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – How to Market Your Book & Still Have Time to Write

Successful book marketing requires platforms, discovery, and building buzz. Join us on October 17 to hear Paula Krapf of Author Marketing Experts explain how to promote your book. Paula will teach you valuable book marketing strategies, including how to decide whether to hire a book publicist, why you must have an author website, how to use Amazon and social media, and how to navigate real-world marketing opportunities like public speaking and book events. Most importantly, she’ll talk about how to actively market your book, make time to write, and still have a life!

August 22, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Social Media and Blogging for Authors

Social media and blogging are great ways to get the word out about your book in order to gather followers and build your author platform before, during, and after your book’s release. Learning how to blog, share, post, and tweet specifically for book marketing purposes can be a lot easier when you have a pro like Sue Koch show you the ropes. Join us on Thursday, August 22 to learn about social media and blogging for authors, including how to create blogging and social media strategies to strengthen your author platform, how to determine which social media sites your readers are using, and the importance of blogging and guest blogging in marketing your book.

June 6, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Editing for Self-Publishing Authors

Editing is as important to the vision and message of your book as its design and marketing — maybe more so. Your book will compete not only with other self-published books, but also with traditionally published books that have undergone rigorous editing by their publishing companies. Good editing will enable your book to shine and will set you apart from self-publishers. Join us on Thursday, June 6 as presenters Kim Bookless and Linda Wolf explain the following and more: the three basic levels of editing, how to determine which levels of editing your manuscript needs, how to choose the right editor for your book, and how to work with an editor at each step of the editing process.

May 2, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Ebooks for Authors (and Everyone Else, Too)

Ebooks and digital self-publishing turned the publishing industry upside down and have had a profound effect on how we read. Ebooks can be a relatively simple and cost effective way for authors to enter the world of self-publishing. Join us for an informative primer on ebooks from professional book designer from Erika Nygaard, who will discuss how ebooks compare to print books, basic formats and things to know, opportunities and challenges, and current issues and trends.

April 4, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group MeetingSmart Self-Publishing: Exploring the Fine Print

Authors who understand how self-publishing works are more likely to have a positive experience and avoid pitfalls like unethical service providers. Join us on April 4 to hear Mark Levine, Hillcrest Media Group CEO, attorney, author, and self-publishing industry watchdog, explain how self-publishing works, who should self-publish and who should not, how to evaluate your self-publishing options, how to work with service providers, and how to determine whether a contract is author-friendly.

March 7, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Book Design: Why It’s Important and How To Get It Right

Design has a tremendous impact on a book’s appeal and marketability. Chicago book designer Merle Welkomer joins us on March 7 to discuss the fundamentals of book design, including the benefits of hiring a professional book designer, how to choose and work with one, and what you can expect to pay. Join us and learn how to harness the power of design to help sell your book.

February 7, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Small Press Publishing: A Third Option for Authors

In between the rapidly shifting world of large publishing companies and the booming universe of self-publishing lies a third option: small presses. In this meeting, publisher and publishing consultant Sharon Woodhouse, owner of Lake Claremont Press and Everything Goes Media, will help us sort out the publishing, production, financing, and marketing realities of small press, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing options. This meetup will benefit you even if you know you want to self-publish. You’ll walk away with a wealth of publishing and book marketing information that will be helpful no matter which publishing method is used.

December 4, 2013 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting Self-Published Authors Tell Us How They Did It

Join us at our December 4th Chicago Self-Publishing Meetup to hear self-published authors Florence Osmund and Reno Lovison share their experiences of self-publishing electronic and print books. Florence and Reno will share their experiences of getting their books published as both electronic books and printed books, and they’re happy to answer your questions.

October 9, 2012 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting – Self-Publishing Fundamentals

Join us at our October 9 Chicago Self-Publishing Group meeting as co-founders Kim Bookless and Joe Vangsness discuss the fundamentals of self-publishing. We will cover the things you should consider, decisions you will need to make, and actions you can take to get your book published.

August 16, 2012 – Chicago Self-Publishing Group Meeting Self-Publishing Challenges and Opportunities

We’ll kickoff our first meeting with a short presentation from co-founders Kim Bookless and Joe Vangsness to review some of the trends and developments in the self-publishing field, as well as the options for getting your book or work published.