Local authors to share publishing insights at Words North

Words North takes place Sept 27 to 30 and will feature 16 different events and presentations. On Friday, Sept. 28, four regional authors will share their insights and experiences related to publishing, at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre from from 10 a.m. to noon.

First up will be Tumbler Ridge author Tracy Krauss.

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“There are so many options open to authors today that the waters can get muddy when it comes to choosing which path is best,” says Krauss, an established author and playwright with more than 20 published titles.  Experienced in various aspects of the publishing industry — from working with agents and traditional publishers to the explosion of DIY options — Tracy will illuminate various aspects of the industry with a focus on working with literary agents and trade publishers.

Tracy has worked with a literary agent and has had several contracts with both larger publishing houses and small independent presses in the United States. She has also had experience with fee-for-services publishers (otherwise known as vanity presses) and has most recently delved into self-publishing through her own imprint, Fictitious Ink. 

“There are pros and cons to every avenue so come with an open mind,” says Krauss. “No one method is best – only what is best for each individual.” 

Krauss will focus on the following in her presentation:

Why bother? What can an agent do for me?

Finding an agent that is the right fit: it’s all in the relationship

Limitations of the agent relationship Following Tracy, will be Ronnie Roberts and Pat Ferris, who will present an informative and entertaining presentation on indie vs. traditional publishing. Ronnie and Pat are local writers who have written 17 books between them and have been there in the trenches. 

“We will lay out the facts about writing and publishing in today’s market, possibly saving you months, even years, of research, thousands of dollars in costs and help you make the best choice for you as a writer,” says Ronnie. 

“Want the skinny on what’s happening in publishing today? Come to Words North and take in Friday’s presentation. You’ll be glad you did.”

Finishing off the two-hour session will be Rebekah Rempel, a Dawson Creek writer who has many publishing credits to her name in both traditional literary journals and in literary anthologies. 

“Most writers will agree that submitting to literary journals, magazines, and traditional publishers can be frustrating and discouraging — so why bother at all?” 

Rebekah will discuss the various rewards, incentives, and opportunities that go along with the challenges of traditional publishing. 

She will also provide an overview of the process for those who are new to the publishing world and who are interested in starting to submit their own work. These steps will include preparing your work for publication, selecting journals or publishers that are a good fit for your work, submitting your work, and dealing with acceptance or rejection.

For a full festival schedule, visit peaceliardarts.org/words-north/words-north-2018. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early. 

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