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Self-Publishing Panel with The Porch (CLE)

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Self-publishing is mainstream and more common than ever!

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With the proliferation of professional, low-cost printing options and the widely popular e-book, self-publishing is an increasingly viable option for authors. Panelists will help authors navigate the benefits, challenges and best practices of self-publishing in a fun, informative discussion covering the legal and business considerations involved.

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of one (1) hour of general credit.

Moderator

Mike Bzozowski, Attorney at Law

Mike Bzozowski is a Contracts Manager with HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Nashville, TN. He manages and negotiates publishing contracts for Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, and HarperInspire UK imprints. He attended law school at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and is a licensed attorney in Tennessee, New York, and Washington, DC. He is originally from New Jersey and in his spare time, he reads, volunteers with the ABC, and studies Italian. He is currently reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini.

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Jennifer Chesak

Jennifer Chesak's indie publishing and editing business, Wandering in the Words Press, helps authors cut through industry red tape, take control of their royalties, and get their books to the masses in a polished and professional manner. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She also teaches copyediting at Belmont University as well as workshops at The Porch, and she serves as the managing editor for the literary magazine SHIFT. As a freelance science and medical journalist, Jennifer has bylines in the Washington Post, Verywell, Healthline, Greatist, Prevention, and more. Read her work at www.jenniferchesak.com

Julie Schoerke

Envisioning a world in which readers have access to larger and more diverse literary offerings, Julie founded JKS Communications in 2000, specializing in developing winning book publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. JKS is now an umbrella company for two divisions: Books Forward for publicity and marketing, and Books Fluent for indie book publishing support. Julie has been at the forefront of industry trends, being among the first to work with book bloggers, to produce and creatively distribute book trailers, and to secure book sales reporting for indie authors to hit bestseller lists. She speaks frequently on book publishing and promotion at conferences and literary festivals.

Kimberly Collins

Kimberly Collins is the author of two novels, most recently Blood Creek, which is the first in the Mingo Chronicles series. Collins grew up in Matewan, West Virginia, the home of the Hatfield & McCoy feud and the legendary Matewan Massacre. She loves the mountains, the river, the people, and the history. Collins is busy working on several projects including the Mingo Chronicles, short stories, photography, and dabbling in other creative endeavors. In 2017, she co-wrote her first screenplay for a short film, which premiered at the Knoxville Film Festival. For more information about Collins and her work, visit https://www.bluemingopress.com

Rashad Rayford

Rashad Rayford is an award-winning actor, poet, speaker and author of Elevate Your Vibe. His work has been featured at TEDx, on NPR, The Wall Street Journal, HuffPo, and USA Today. He is the reigning "The MOTH Story Hour Nashville GRAND Slam Champion" and his company Elevate Your Vibe, LLC is a nontraditional speaking company that blends spoken word poetry and inspirational speaking to help businesses tell more compelling and concise stories. Rashad is highly sought after because of his innate ability to transform any crowd in any industry. His goal is to not only leave you entertained but inspired to pass that inspiration on throughout your industry. For more info visit Rashadthapoet.com or follow him @elevateyourvibe_

About The Porch, Nashville's Independent Center for Writing

We inspire, educate, and connect writers of all ages and stages through classes, outreach programs, and events. In the process, we hope to nourish and energize the literary community, encouraging collaboration and creative mingling between writers and other artists and makers. Come sit a spell and write with us. Learn more at www.porchtn.org

About the Arts & Business Council

The Arts & Business Council (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages and unites the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville and beyond. To deliver its mission, ABC offers four core programs: Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, Education for the Creative Community, Arts Board Matching, and Fiscal Sponsorship. More information is available at www.ABCNashville.org.

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