Want to be the next Hemingway or Fitzgerald jotting down your next literary masterpiece over breakfast at a Parisian café? Join fellow aspiring authors in a series of library sponsored programs designed to offer inspiration, encouragement, and information about the writing process. These free seminars by the Dupage Branch of Inside Writing and Publishing cover a variety of topics and authors of all skill levels are invited:
The 10 Secrets to Getting your Book Successfully Published:
Saturday, February 9 at 2pm
Literary agent Joseph Durepos and national bestselling author Bret Nicholaus have a true passion for helping aspiring authors understand what works and what doesn’t in the book industry. With 30 years experience, Durepos has sold more than 150 titles as a literary agent with many ending on a bestseller list. Nicholaus has written 26 books, including two national bestsellers. At the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Nicholaus and Durepos will share their insightful publishing knowledge while providing a rare opportunity to learn from a successful literary agent and bestselling author.
Contact: Glen Ellyn Public Library at (630) 469-0879
Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling a Screenplay:
Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm
Do you have a great idea for a movie but no idea how to get started or what to do with your screenplay once it has been written? Screenwriter and former university professor Marie Murray visits the Bloomingdale Public Library to guide you through some of the basic of writing and selling a movie screenplay. Topics will include idea creation, story development, dealing with agents and more.
Contact: Bloomingdale Public Library at (630) 924-2735
A Writer’s Guide to Tech Tools:
Saturday, February 23 at 2pm
Success is just around the corner for writers who seek publication, but succeeding today requires sharp tech skills to understand and participate in the online world of publishing and book sales. Helen Gallagher brings together the tools and skills you need to gain visibility in the industry at the Hinsdale Public Library. Explore blogs, social media sites, eBooks and other digital options.
Contact: Hinsdale Public Library at (630) 986-1976
Collaboration and Spectacle: How to Promote your Book (Even When your Publisher Doesn’t):
Saturday, March 2 at 2pm
Nowadays, even big publishers expect authors to do much of their own marketing and promotion. James Kennedy, author of the young adult fantasy book “The Order of the Odd-Fish” will visit the Barlett Public Library to share the unusual ways he promoted his book including a gallery show of fan art, costumed dancing parties and tackling Neil Gaiman. Learn how to find the promotional style that’s right for you and your book.
Contact: Bartlett Public Library at (630) 837-3560
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