Friday, January 16, 2009

a bit more self-promotion

Sponsored by the Raliegh Write2Publish Meetup and Quail Ridge Books:

To Self Publish or Not to Self Publish: A Panel Discussion

On Saturday February 21 at 6:30 PM at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Stacey Cochran will moderate a panel discussion with Adam Shepard and Elisa Lorello on the topic "To Self Publish or Not to Self Publish." This event is free to attend (donations accepted), and newcomers are welcome.

Since self publishing his memoir Scratch Beginnings, Adam Shepard has been on the Today Show, 20/20, the Glen Beck Program, and has been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post and countless other media outlets. Subsequently, his self published book found a home at a major publishing house (Harper-Collins) and gained him representation from well-respected literary agency.

Elisa Lorello's debut novel Faking It was self published through Like many of us, Elisa started by trying to find a literary agent and so-called "traditional" publisher for Faking It before deciding to self publish her novel. A true self-starter, Ms. Lorello has developed an online following through her blog Kairos Calling, her Facebook Fan Page for Faking It, and through speaking at bookstore events in our area. She teaches writing at NC State University.

Additionally, Stacey plans to discuss recent trends that he has experienced both working for a major traditional publisher (Bedford/St. Martin's Press) and non-traditional self-publisher (, as well as the rise of Web 2.0 marketing and publishing strategies like using YouTube,, and entrepreneurial websites designed for search engine optimization to generate revenue.

The central research question underlying this discussion is whether we as writers can (or should) rely on traditional publishing methods and business models to tell our stories in 2009 and beyond.

You might make plans to arrive 10-15 minutes early, as attendance will likely be high for this event.

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