Workshop led by Marilyn Oser
Mason Library, 231 Main St, Great Barrington, 2 p.m.
With the world of traditional publishing in disarray, many writers are making the choice to self-publish. However, that choice only plunges the writer into dizzying eddies where other decisions must be made. The world of independent publishing can be bewildering at first. Texts need editing and many rounds of proofing; formats need specifying; cover copy needs writing; the book needs designing, inside and out; the mode of printing, of distributing, of fulfillment….And we haven’t even mentioned marketing and promotion, the writer’s presence online, or the business end of the endeavor. Managing all these choices so that the self-publishing enterprise is not only successful but enjoyable takes knowledge of the resources available professionally and personally. This session provides an overview of the field.
Marilyn Oser got into self-publishing in 1984 with Attic Press, which produced a series of “Keychain Books” geared toward Long Islanders. In 1989 her first novel, Playing for Keeps, was published by Avon Books under the pseudonym Jack Kendall. If working within traditional publishing appeared to be a bed of roses, she quickly discovered that it hid a multitude of thorns. After a hiatus during which she wrote short fiction and produced house organs and newsletters, she returned to independent publishing. Rivka’s War, a novel of World War I, came out in June 2013 to wide acclaim: Publisher’s Weekly called her main character “a compelling heroine, representing both the Jewish diaspora and the precarious politics of the time.”