Thinking about publishing your own book? Author Valerie Ihsan of Willow Bench Books will present “The Nitty Gritty of Self-Publishing” at the Nov. 19 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast Branch. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.
Ihsan, author of The Scent of Apple Tea and Smell the Blue Sky: Young, Pregnant and Widowed, will discuss why indie publishing is a lucrative and viable alternative to traditional publishing, what you need to know before starting the process, and what to consider while making important decisions. She will share her self-publishing checklist and answer attendees’ questions.
Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for top indie-published books, Ihsan co-chaired the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers for seven years and currently teaches low-cost publishing classes for authors. She also teaches various workshops on writing and offers editing and proofreading services through her Yellow Pen Editing company.
As a certified bereavement facilitator and licensed massage therapist, she teaches workshops on managing grief, such as “Booze and Chocolate Aren’t the Only Ways to Cope: Turning Negative Emotions into Art.” Visit her website at ValerieIhsanAuthor.com.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast/or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, the Inn at Nye Beach, and the Elizabeth Street Inn for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.