On Saturday, February 25, I had the honor of attending the Chicago Writers Association event, Path to Published. It was a panel discussion co-sponsored by Columbia College’s Creative Writing Department that featured five authors and a moderator with a range of writing and publishing experiences.
Their journeys to publish their works ranged from self-publishing, to traditional publishing via an agent, to traditional publishing via direct contact with the publishing house, through to hybrid publishing. The panelists gave tips on how to promote your work, key factors in self-publishing (like ISBN numbers) and an honest conversation of the expenses that come with writing.
I have found myself that my experiences as a writer the last few months have indeed been expensive - from hiring a development editor/proofreader to a graphic designer to setting up my website URL - so it was good to hear this from other people. (I covered some of this in my blog post Why I Pay an Editor.)
The discussion lasted over an hour and then opened up to questions and answers. I took copious notes throughout. Nearly a week later, here is some of the information that is still resonating with me.
Along with these great tidbits, there was a wealth of suggested resources. Here are a few that I jotted down:
I hope you find this information as useful and interesting as I did. I’m already looking forward to the next event. It will take place on May 13th. They are still forming the topic / panel, but if it is as good as this one was it will be totally worth it so Save The Date!
Thanks to everyone at the Chicago Writers Association. I’m proud to be a member.