I Wrote a Book...Now What? - A Panel Discussion on the Publishing World
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM (CDT)
Finally you've finished the book you'd been dreaming of writing for years. Now what exactly are you supposed to do with it?
Should you self-publish or go a more traditional route? Do you need a literary agent? Is a small press the best option for you? And what about e-books?
We will answer these questions and more at our panel discusison on publishing, set for Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central branch of the Birmingham Public Library.
Our panelists include:
Irene Latham is a Birmingham poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales of unexpected adventure. Her debut historical novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND (Putnam/Penguin, 2010) is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was awarded Alabama Library Association's 2011 Children's Book Award. Her latest novel DON’T FEED THE BOY (Roaring Brook/Macmillan, 2012) is about a boy who wants to escape his life at the zoo. Poetry editor for Birmingham Arts Journal, Irene has also authored two award-winning poetry collections WHAT CAME BEFORE (Negative Capability Press, 2007) and THE COLOR OF LOST ROOMS (Blue Rooster Press, 2010).
Teresa (T.K.) Thorne is the executive director of CAP (City Action Partnership) and a retired captain from the Birmingham Police Department. Active in the community, she also moonlights as an author, and her debut novel, Noah’s Wife won ForeWord Reviews“Book of the Year” award for 2009. Her short stories and screenplays have garnered awards as well. A film from her screenplay, Six Blocks Wide, was based on her experiences in the Birmingham Police Department and has shown at juried film festivals in Alabama and Europe. Her next book, Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers is non-fiction and will be out September 1, 2013.
Kathryn C. Lang was presented with the Nation's first Tourism Fiction Award for her short story, "Digging Up Bones." The short story will be featured in the third novel of her Big Springs novels. Kathryn shares words of hope through her columns, articles and books. Her hope is that every person who encounters her words will feel as if those words were written (or spoken) just for her or him.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Stephanie Naman. Stephanie is an advertising and editorial writer with fifteen years experience. Her first book, BarCode: Your Personal Pocket Decoder to the Modern Dating Scene, was turned into segments for a syndicated dating show called “The Single Life.” In addition to writing for advertising clients like Little Debbie and AT&T, she is working on the Chloe Carstairs mystery novel series written under the pseudonym Billie Thomas. The first novel in the series, Murder on the First Day of Christmas was released in December, 2012. Learn more at www.chloegetsaclue.com.
This event is hosted by See Jane Write, a networking organization for women writers in Birmingham, Ala., but men are welcome to attend this and all See Jane Write events.
This event is free but registration is required.
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See Jane Write Birmingham
See Jane Write is a networking group for female bloggers, journalists, and creative writers in the Birmingham area.