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Sierra Muses Press launches new concept and new books

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What: Sierra Muses Press Book Launch Party

Where: The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Tickets: Free

If necessity is the mother of invention, then four local writers have created a unique way of supporting one another from first draft to publication and promotion.

The public is invited to help celebrate the launching of Sierra Muses Press and its first two books on Sunday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley.

Sierra Muses Press was birthed six years after local writers Jenifer Bliss, Leslie Rivers, Mila Johansen and Shirley DicKard formed the critique group “Sierra Muses Writers’ Workshop” in 2012.

When two members were ready to publish their books, there were several traditional choices: self-publish — a sometimes-daunting process — hire professionals to do it for them, or the time-consuming, uncertain process of finding a publisher interested in their story. The writers also wanted a California-based press and an affordable press where they maintained control over content, design and rights.

None of those choices was quite right, so they did it themselves by forming Sierra Muses Press, a small, collective Nevada County press developed by and for members of the Sierra Muses Writers’ Workshop. They’ve energized the often-lonely process of writing into one where they share their resources and knowledge to help each other in manifesting their dreams.

The Sunday afternoon will include the Sierra Muses filled with readings, theater, music, book signings and sales, refreshments and mingling. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Featured published books include Grandma Bunny, The Forest Herbalist by Jenifer Bliss; Fiery Star by Leslie Rivers, as well as books in progress: Dear Lady Astor by Mila Johansen, and The Desk by Shirley DicKard.

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