Inside Writing & Publishing

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The James Bond Phenomenon
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Register online or call 630-469-0879
Co-sponsored by the Helen Plum Memorial Public Library
Join author and film historian Raymond Benson as he takes you through the history of James Bond. Benson is the author of several 007 continuation novels, novelizations of films, and Bond short stories. His books will be available for sale and signing.

Become an Outrageously Successful Author: How to Build Your Audience of Readers Before You're Even Published!
Monday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Bloomingdale Public Library
Register online or call 630-924-2730
Co-sponsored by the Glenside Public Library District
Platform is key in today’s publishing arena, whether self or traditionally published. Shari Stauch, creator of the website “Where Writers Win,” will show you how to build a successful social networking platform to create a ready-made audience for your book. Learn how to make sure that the conversation about you and your book is in your control, what matters in an author website, the best blogging platforms, and tips for drilling down to your audience.

Want to Be a Best Seller? It’s All About the Influence!
How to Grow Your Audience Using Key Industry Influencers
Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Bloomingdale Public Library
Register online or call 630-924-2730
Co-sponsored by the Glenside Public Library District
Shari Stauch will share how book reviewers, book bloggers, booksellers and live book clubs can tip the sales scale in an author’s favor. This discussion will include sources for finding your reviewers and clubs as well as suggestions on how to approach them with your book.

Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Winner Geralyn Hesslau Magrady
Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Wheaton Public Library
Register online or call 630-868-7520
Co-sponsored by the Warrenville Public Library District
Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, 2016 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project for her historical fiction novel, “Lines,” will discuss her personal writing journey, including genealogical beginnings, historical research, and the creative writing process. She will also discuss self-publishing and the Soon to Be Famous award experience.

The Art of Revision: The End is Just the Beginning
Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Carol Stream Public Library
Co-sponsored by the Villa Park Public Library
Register online or call 630-653-0755
You’ve written a novel, you’ve typed “The End.” Congrats! Before you release your baby into the world, make sure it’s the best it can be – you have one chance to hook your reader. This workshop by author Samantha Hoffman will show you how to use your first draft as a foundation and move painlessly through the revision process to create a book you’ll be proud of and one with a greater chance of being published.