Flinging Your Words into the World

Publishing is one of those topics that brings out strident opinions. When I’m asked advice about where and how to publish, I always turn the question around. I ask:

  • Who do you want to read your work?
  • Are you thinking you want to earn money from it? How much?
  • Is prestige important to you?
  • How many people do you want to have access to the “published” product?

These questions usually help me give advice, but I am usually loath to do so. I have only experienced one type of publishing, and these days there are so many other possibilities I know nothing about. I hope that Anchorage writers will make time to join us on March 24 at 7pm (Anchorage Museum) for a Crosscurrents event entitled “Bucking Tradition: Other Routes to Publishing Success.”

The publishing industry is in a constant state of change. It is increasingly difficult to find success at the big New York publishing houses, but other routes to publishing success exist.  Join Martha Amore, Peter Dunlap-Shohl, and Tracy Sinclare as they discuss their experiences bringing books to print. They’ll discuss what factors writers consider when they seek to see their work in print and the differences between traditional publishing, publishing with a university press, a small press, and self-publishing. The panel will be moderated by Lizbeth Meredith.

Martha Amore writes fiction and also teaches writing at Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has published in numerous literary journals, and her first novella recently came out in the anthology Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas. Currently, she is working on an anthology of Alaskan LGBTQ short fiction and poetry that will be published by the University of Alaska Press, as well as a book of her own short stories. Peter Dunlap-Shohl was the editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over a quarter of a century. Penn State University Press recently published My Degeneration, a memoir of dealing with Parkinson’s Disease that Dunlap-Shohl wrote and illustrated. Tracy Sinclare is the Weekend Meteorologist for KTUU-Channel 2 News and a multi-published romance author. Since selling her first book in 2001, Sinclare has released 47 titles through publishers and recently self-publishing.
Meanwhile, to get anything published, you have to write it in the first place. So, make some time for your writing this week!
take care,
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