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"Self and Indie-Publishing:
Is NOW the Time for You to Shine?"

A FREE Virtual Webinar & Workshop for Writers
June 20, 2:30-5 pm PST

The ever-changing landscape of the publishing world may be changing again. This time, it's not due to big publishers merging, a redirection of what books are selling, or even trendy consumer tastes. The worldwide pandemic has caused millions of people to shelter in place with little to do except reach out for new resources of education and entertainment.

And if you are a writer ready to publish, you may be in a quandary about what is the best way to get your story to the greatest number of readers, and perhaps show you a profit in return. And why are more authors shunning the New York mega-publishers for a more personal and possibly more profitable return on their work through Indie or Self-Publishing? This panel of agents, publishers, and industry experts will try to offer clarity to the marketplace and suggestions on possibly the best path for your success as an author.

SpeakerStephanie Hansen - Owner, Senior Agent, Subsidiary Rights Manager

Stephanie represents authors with their debut novels and New York Times-bestsellers and has brokered deals with small presses and major publishing houses. She holds a master’s degree with a Creative Writing Specialization. She predominantly represents YA SF/F but has a secret addiction for romance. While these are her favorite, she handles everything fiction from children's books to adult thrillers.

Previously an editor for Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine, she joined Metamorphosis July 2016. Originally looking to help Midwest authors in "flyover states" to garner the attention of major publishing houses, she found camaraderie with multiple agents and editors. She is intrigued by prose that flows as smoothly as poetry, unforgettable plot twists, and well-rounded characters.


Sue Arroyo is the founder of CamCat Publishing. which under Sue’s leadership, is doing things differently. Her efforts in finding the best authors mean that readers will be able to find books that they truly want to live in. CamCat Publishing was launched as a publisher of quality genre fiction. We’re always looking for that next good read, for what we call Books to Live in: the book to curl up with on the sofa, the book that takes you to another place and time, the book that stays with you beyond the last page.

CamCat Books focuses on genre fiction in the following areas: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Romance (but we’re looking really hard at a couple of Westerns, too). They publish adult, novel-length genre fiction. We’ll look at any good tale, but what we want to see most urgently revolves around these genres.


Natalie Obando is the founder of Do Good Public Relations Group and author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Journalism, an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor concentration in Creative Writing. Natalie started working in the literary PR industry in 2008 while in college and her love for books and PR transpired into the career of her dreams as a literary publicist.

She has been a panelist and speaker at leading literary conferences in the industry including West Coast Writers Conferences. She is also the President of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter.

SpeakerDerek Taylor Kent is the author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles of thirteen best-selling children's books, including the Scary School and El Perro con Sombrero series. The books are treasured in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world and have inspired countless kids to fall in love with reading. His first novel for an adult audience, KUBRICK'S GAME, is through Evolved Publishing.

He and his wife, author Sheri Fink, are the founders of Whimsical World, an empowering children’s brand that publishes books and produces whimsical merchandise, inspiring entertainment, and magical experiences for children of all ages.

Sheri Fink is an inspirational speaker, a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, and the creator of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink” inspirational brand.

She creates books, products, and experiences that inspire and delight kids of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem. All 5 of her children’s books were #1 best-sellers, including The Little Rose, which was a #1 Amazon Best-seller for over 60 weeks, became the #1 Top-Rated Children’s eBook on Amazon, and was adapted into a stage play.

Sheri has expanded her brand with books, live experiences, beauty items, and music all designed to create magical experiences for her Fans. Sheri became a #1 best-selling recording artist on Amazon with the 2014 release of her first inspirational album, Love Notes.

Nicolas Nelson -- Founder Wordsmith Writing Coaches

Nic founded WWC in 2004 to help international grad students excel in America. In 2007, Nic added nonfiction book editing, then children's book editing, genre-fiction editing, and coaching for authors in both craft and career.

WWC now offers a broad array of services through its coaches, editors, and strategic partners: they can help you bring your book from concept to publication and acclaim. Nic’s clients have published picture books, Western, memoir, philosophy, futurism, historical fiction, how-to, self-help, spiritual growth, short stories, poetry collections, and more.

Saturday June 20, 2020
2:30 - 5 pm

Special Presentation by the
Greater Los Angeles Writers Society


(Regular price: $39)

Attend this Virtual Workshop via your computer. All you need to do is open a web browser with the link supplied (after you RSVP) to access the workshop on the "Zoom" Network. Register Now. Class size is limited.
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