"GETTING PUBLISHED" WORKSHOP
Fiction Among Friends
has drawn together a group of people from the writing/publishing world
to talk about various ways for writers to become published. Too often
writers have that single-minded goal of finding a publisher who will
snap up their work, make some magic and pop it onto bookstore shelves
and onto the New York Times Bestseller List. With that narrow
focus, they may fail to think "outside the box", missing bread-and-butter
writing opportunities that might prove personally and financially rewarding
(at least until the New York Times comes through). This panel
will talk about both traditional and non-traditional methods of book
publication and other kinds of writing that one can pursue to bring
in a paycheck while the Great American Novel is still in draft. Read
about our presenters and their areas of expertise below, and visit their
respective web sites (where applicable) to learn more about them.
Margaret Bartley is the author of GRISHA: The Story of Cellist
Gregor Piatigorsky, winner of the 2005 Adirondack Literary Award
for Non-Fiction. Margaret had taught at the secondary and college level,
and earned a Master of Creative Writing degree from John Hopkins University
in 2002. She is a freelance writer for several magazines, including
Adirondack Life, Vermont Life, Strings, and Yoga
Journal. She has organized and led writers' groups, and is editor
at Otis Mountain Press, www.otismountainpress.com.
During the panel discussion she will talk about what it takes to start
an independent publishing company and how it differs from self publishing.
She'll cover taking a book from manuscript to print and the marketing
Margaret also will be presenting a workshop entitled
"Point of View: Letting your characters speak" and, at the
Story Concert, performing a dramatic reading from her book, GRISHA,
at the Fiction Among Friends Story Concert.
"At the heart of the story are the
valleys creatures. How to settle in and observe them, without
interfering unduly, became the challenge. Watching coyotes, wild turkeys,
egg-laying turtles, migrating birds and butterflies and other wildlife
immersed them in lifes circular conundrum. Life becomes death
and death becomes life."
Pyramid Publishing Inc. is a publishing service
that assists authors with the self-publishing of their work. They provide
the following services: editing, typesetting, graphic design, printing,
illustrations, photographs, promotional materials, ISBN numbers, barcodes,
and more. Pyramid Publishing Inc. is owned and operated by Zach Steffen,
General Manager of North Country Books; Paul Dischiavo, freelance
writer and editor; and Rob Igoe Jr., President of North Country Books.
Zach and Paul will join us for the Adirondack Mountain
Writers' Retreat and Story Workshops on Monday, July 16th. Their presentation
includes an overview of the publishing industry, options for authors
seeking publication (including traditional publishing and self-publishing),
dos and don'ts for authors seeking publication, and a description of
the services provided by Pyramid Publishing.
At left see one of their recent publications, At
the End of the Road, by Ruth Mary Lamb. "This ten chapter memoir
starts in 1990 when Ruth and Sandy Lamb undertook a retirement adventure
that moved them from their lives as health professionals in the Boston
areaSandy was director of the Boston Health Department and Ruth
was a nutritionistto the southern Adirondacks. Their plan was
to live simply, in a valley deserted by people." Read more under
the cover graphic, and come to the workshop to learn from Zach and Paul
how this book and others are produced by Pyramid Publishing.
Mark Frost has been writing professionally since
the age of 14, starting as a junior high school correspondent writing
sports articles at 12 cents an inch for The Glens Falls Times.
After graduating with high honors in American Studies from Wesleyan
University and cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law,
Mark became a newsman and commentator for radio station WWSC in Glens
Falls. In 1978 he self-published a book, Scattered Frost, compiling
some of his best radio commentaries and weekly columns he'd written
for The Post-Star. The success of the book, which went into a
second printing, set the stage for him in September 1980 to launch The
Chronicle newspaper, now in its 27th year and employing 18 people,
plus a delivery crew. Mark also self-published PermaFrost, a
compilation of some of his early work from The Chronicle. The
Chronicle - officially Lone Oak Publishing Co., Inc. - intends to
publish two new books later this year.
Publishing issues Mark planned to address during the
panel discussion included: "Is there room for the 'little guy\'
in the era of Goliath?" and "The money's in self-publishing."
Persis "Perky" Granger, with Cassie Selleck, is co-organizer
of Fiction Among Friends Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat and Story
Workshops. The decision to organize activities for writers (Cassie and
Perky have organized November retreats in Florida, as well), was born
of a desire to participate in more writing activities, do more networking
with writers and make more time to write. More time to write? Go figure!
Perky is the editor/co-author of Shared Stories
from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace, an anthology
dubbed "a support group in print" for families coping with
Alzheimer's disease, (iUniverse 2002; iUniverse Star, 2004) and a young
adult novel and accompanying teacher's guide, Adirondack Gold, (self-published
under the name of Beaver Meadow Publishing with the help of an individual
artist grant from the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (2003).
While working on a sequel to Adirondack Gold, she freelances
(Adirondack Life--see March '07 article on Toad
Hill Maple Farm), Adirondack Family, BackRoads, area
newspapers), and writes for and edits the Quarterly, published
by the John Thurman Historical
Society. She is active in Thurman
volunteer work, having chaired the Thurman Townwide Sale, Fiddlers'
Jamboree, Historic House Tour, and two train events. She presents Alzheimer's
talks for adult groups and book and living history programs for schools,
libraries and organizations. In this discussion, Perky compared print
on demand publishing with self-publishing, and pointed out some pros
and cons of each. To learn more about Perky, visit
Amanda Magee - A west coast transplant living in Glens Falls, Amanda
Magee began an odyssey of freelance writing and exploration of the blogosphere
after her husband opened an advertising agency and began using her for
all his copy needs. Three blogs, two kids and several writing gigs later
she is happy to call herself a freelance writer and certifiable internet
Visit her blogs:
The Wink http://www.toddlywinks.blogspot.com
Tumble Dry http://www.lifewithbriar.blogspot.com
Adk Chamber http://www.adk-chamber.blogspot.com
(something she is just now developing for the Adirondack Regional Chamber
Christina McEntee, a resident of Thurman, works as an agent producing
illustrated books for independent artists, writers, and photographers,
as well as for larger publishing houses, museums, and galleries. Before
she and her husband moved to Thurman full-time in 2003, she lived in
New York City and was the publisher of a company producing advertising
resource books for commercial artists and photographers.