Self-published author has expertise to share |

Self-published author has expertise to share

Unless you’re Paris Hilton or Barack Obama, it can be pretty challenging to get published in today’s competitive and homogenized book business. Many of the major publishing houses have merged, making opportunities much more limited, especially for noncelebrities. Between blogs, podcasts, e-books and downloads, books are facing tough competition for America’s entertainment dollars.

Still, talented writers with wonderful stories and fascinating information have things to say. Once touted only as a vanity enterprise, self-publishing has gained respect in recent years and has become a viable option for not only first-time authors, but also for those who prefer the freedoms that come from taking charge of their own publishing lives.

Alton Pryor has become an expert in the self-publishing field. A professional writer for magazines, newspapers and wire services for 50 years, he brought his writing skills to the book business. Pryor combined his talent for writing and his fascination with California and Western history for his first book, “Little Known Tales in California History.” Since then he has self-published more than 15 books, including “Publish It Yourself: Five Easy Steps to Getting Your Book into Print.”

He will speak at the Sierra Writers’ meeting, June 13, at the Madelyn Helling Library. In his talk, “Self Publish Your Way to Infamy,” he will share his experience and information on self-publishing.

“I am the author, the publisher, the marketer and the risk-taker on the 17 books that I have written in the past 10 years. It’s been quite a remarkable experience, and the road has often been rocky, but it’s probably the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done,” Pryor reports.

Whether you’re writing a how-to, a personal memoir, a novel, poetry or a collection of short stories, you could consider self- publishing as an option for getting your book into print. Pryor will provide insights and information on pursuing publication and marketing a self-published book, as well as pitfalls to avoid in the process.

He’ll begin his talk at 6:30 p.m.; the library is located at 980 Helling Way, next to the Rood Administration Center off of Highway 49. The public is welcome to attend for free. Sierra Writers meets the second Wednesday of each month (except for July and August).

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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a local writer and contributor to The Union. She and her family came to Nevada County in 2005, pleased to find a new home that welcomes artists, celebrates community and revels in its beautiful surroundings.

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