Seminar examines publishing and marketing

The Friends of the Summerland Library is sponsoring a seminar for authors on publishing and marketing their manuscripts.

The Friends of the Summerland Library is sponsoring a seminar for authors on publishing and marketing their manuscripts.

The discussion will explore the many choices which confront the unpublished writer and how to go about evaluating them.

The event will take place at the Summerland Library on Oct. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Coffee, tea and cookies will be available from 3:30 p.m.

Some of the questions to be discussed include:

o How do I get published?

o Do I need an agent?

o Print, digital or both?

o How do I choose between all the self-publishing options?

The growth of the Internet and online information has changed the publishing and marketing of books more in the past 15 years than in the previous two or three centuries. Digital publishing, books on demand, e-books, blogs and an infinite array of choices for self-expression confront an author now, instead of the closed world of agents and editors.

How to navigate these changes is the purpose of this seminar, which brings together people from Summerland with experience in traditional and new forms of publishing. The Friends of the Library also hope to have a guest via Internet who works at the leading edge of publishing in Toronto, Erin Mallory, who is manager, Cross Media Group, House of Anansi Press.

Participants are asked to register at the library before Oct. 15. For more information contact Peter Hay at peterbooks@gmail.com or 250-494-8533.