In case you missed it, you can still watch the Independent Author Day webinar on You Tube. Go to the website and click the link. Many local libraries, including the Santa Cruz Public Library, participated.
I was one of a panel of four independently published authors who talked about our writing and publishing process and read excerpts from our work. In my case, my middle grade retelling of the Oz story, Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. I published my book with help from the publishing service at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Other authors who read were Mark Marinovich, who’s soon-to-be-published novel tackles the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans, Birgitte Rasine who published the beautiful Jaguar and the Cacao Tree in March, through her own publishing company. Her book is part of a series which tackle food issues through fictional adventures involving magical realism. Martha Graham-Waldon’s book, Nothing Like Normal, is a memoir dealing with her experience of her sister’s schizophrenia. She published through a small, independent press, Black Opal Books.
Several paths to publishing were represented and lots of discussion took place among the panelists, audience, and library staff. Be sure to watch the webcast if you’re interested in independent publishing.