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Publishing Symposium – Beyond the Book

Where: George Bothwell Library, 2787 Gordon Road, Southland Mall, Regina, SK
When: Saturday April 6, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE, please register 

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, SaskBooks, and Regina Public Library offer writers and publishers a chance to learn “Beyond the Book” at this year’s Publishing Symposium. Presented in partnership with the Regina Public Library’s Writes of Spring program. Writes of Spring is a month-long celebration of writers and readers featuring author talks and programs for new, aspiring and established writers. 

Participation will be limited, so please register with your library card in advance. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/attend/programs/1392611

If you do not have a library card and would like to still register, please call any Regina Public Library Branch and they can register you. 

Is direct marketing your best option? Is self-publishing right for you? Should you consider alternative methods to traditional book publishing, like e-books or audiobooks? These are all questions this symposium will answer, and more. 

The symposium consists of a half day of presentations and information on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the George Bothwell Library, 2787 Gordon Road, Regina, SK. The symposium covers topics such as the business of book publishing, self-publishing experiences, e-books and audiobooks and if they’re right for you, and other exciting information. 


Business of Book Publishing
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
  A rapid-fire session focusing on the business of book publishing, hosted by Jillian Bell from SaskBooks. How can SaskBooks help? Jillian will discuss the aspects of book marketing you need to know to get your publishing business off on the right foot.
Featuring: Jillian Bell 
One Author’s Journey into
1:55 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
  In this presentation, award-winning author Edward Willett, author of more than fifty traditionally published books, talks about his experience in venturing into the world of self-publishing, and the establishment of his own publishing house, Shadowpaw Press. He discusses what has worked, what hasn’t, and where he sees the brave new world of “indie” publishing going in the future (he is a science fiction writer, after all).
Featuring: Ed Willett 
The Basics of E-books
2:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.
  The basics of ebooks will guide you through the advantages and potential limitations of e-book publishing: What is an e-book? How do you decide if you should make one? If you make one, how do you sell it? Join Calgary’s Gina McCreary of Human Powered Design to help you decide if e-books are right for you.
Featuring: Regina (Gina) McCreary 
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  Edward Willett has recorded audiobooks for other authors, recorded his own books as audiobooks, commissioned a narrator to turn his books into audiobooks, and had his books turned into audiobooks by his publisher. In this session, he talks about what he’s learned about audiobooks as both a narrator and author, with a special emphasis on using ACX (Audiobook Exchange).
Featuring: Edward Willett


Presenter bios: 

  Regina (Gina) McCreary is the active partner in Human Powered Design, a Calgary based company offering publishers ebook conversions, digital aggregation, and other services. Prior to starting Human Powered Design in 2010, Regina worked as an Office Administrator, IT Specialist, and Bookseller, as well as in various roles in film production. Regina received a Diploma (Hons.) in Film & Video from SAIT in 1994. Regina is an avid reader, cyclist, cinephile, beer nerd and foodie.
  Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. His most recent science fiction novel, The Cityborn, is his eighth published by New York’s DAW Books. His next, Worldshaper, comes out this September, and launches a new series called Worldshapers. Recent titles by other publishers include the five-book Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series published by Coteau Books, and I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, a collection of fantastical poetry, published by Your Nickel’s Worth Press. He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, his teenaged daughter, Alice, and their black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.
Jillian Bell   Jillian Bell is a writer and freelance editor living in the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. Jillian's work has been published on CBC, in Amazing Stories Magazine, Prairie Dog, Planet S, Freelance, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance blog, and in regional print media. Jillian has syndicated blog posts with BlogHer, Progressive Bloggers, Five Star Friday, and other online sources. Her poetry has most recently been published in A Gift of the Prairie, published by Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in 2014, and she has provided written material for the Climax Museum. Her editorial work has taken her from Cambridge University Press to the gaming industry. Jillian works for SaskBooks, our provincial creative industry association for book publishers, and has served on the board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Radius Communications, the Lumsden Regional Library, and others. As ‘the bookchick’, Jillian hosted a live spoken-word program on community radio featuring writers, publishers, librarians, readers, and other bibliophiles for 11 years. Jillian is active in her community, performing with the local symphonic band, the local community theatre, and working on local school community councils.

For more information, please contact:
Cat Abenstein, Program Coordinator
T: 306.791.7746 | E: swgevents@skwriter.com


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