Meet authors of self-published books Nov. 7-8 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Amy Gamet has written seven books and hit one of USA TodayÃ¢Â€Â™s bestseller lists for her Romance Super Bundle boxed sets, which have sold nearly a quarter million copies.
And she did it all on her own as a self-published author.
Gamet joins 36 other indie authors at nextÃ‚Â weekendÃ¢Â€Â™s Self-Published Book Festival. The free, two-day event features workshops, panel discussions, readings, a book fair and more at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, and will be bigger than its one-day predecessor held in Feburary 2014, which drew nearly 300 people.
From how to get started in the self-publishing world to book promotion, those who have chosen the independent route Ã¢Â€Â” in poetry, mystery, urban fiction and other genres for both children and adults Ã¢Â€Â” will share stories and tips on ways to become part of a trend that is revolutionizing the publishing industry.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSelf-publishing used to have this stigma and wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t taken seriously, but now itÃ¢Â€Â™s really becoming a viable way to put your book out there,Ã¢Â€Â says Jennifer Blanchard of Gates, the author of five self-published books (one novel, SoundCheck, and four how-to books on writing and creativity) and a presenter at the festival. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe industry is growing and changing so much, and the library is on the cutting edge of having this information out there.Ã¢Â€Â
Indie authors have given the traditional publishing world lots to talk about Ã¢Â€Â” and reasons to strategize Ã¢Â€Â” in recent years. TheyÃ¢Â€Â™ve broken onto the New York Times bestseller lists and been known to reel in six-figure advances. New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge, first published the traditional way, made news in 2014 when she self-published her mystery novel Bones and Roses after failing to find a publisher.
The potential profits are enticing: According to ebook distribution platform Smashwords, self-published ebook authors typically earn royalties between 60 percent and 80 percent of their bookÃ¢Â€Â™s list price, compared with between 12 percent and 17 percent for traditionally published ebook authors.
For authors looking for advice and networking opportunities, new to this yearÃ¢Â€Â™s festival is a small trade show featuring local consultants and collaborators, including editors. Peggy DeKay, a Kentucky-based book coach and author of Self-Publishing for Virgins: The First-Time AuthorÃ¢Â€Â™s Guide to Self Publishing Simply and Profitably, is the keynote speaker.
Retired homebuilder Rick Garvia is one of four authors in a panel discussion on the self-publishing process. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s the author of The Road Gets Longer If I Stop, a collection of 41 essays about Ã¢Â€Âœthe frustrations of modern life for people of my age bracket.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s not David Barry toilet humor and itÃ¢Â€Â™s not David SedarisÃ¢Â€Â™ ironic New Yorker humor,Ã¢Â€Â he says. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s somewhere in between.Ã¢Â€Â
Garvia also plans to learn a few things himself at the festival, such as how to better market his second book of essays, which heÃ¢Â€Â™s currently writing. Ã¢Â€ÂœI just assumed that the world would love it, and Ellen would be calling me, and IÃ¢Â€Â™d be on her show,Ã¢Â€Â he admits. Ã¢Â€ÂœBut IÃ¢Â€Â™m still trying to unload inventory.Ã¢Â€Â
Despite the extra work that comes with independently publishing your own book, self-publishing is Ã¢Â€Âœa really a great avenue to your work out there,Ã¢Â€Â says Gamet, whose Ã¢Â€ÂœSecrets from a Bestselling Self-Published AuthorÃ¢Â€Â workshop will focus on how authors can make their books more conspicuous at retailers. Ã¢Â€ÂœA lot of people dream of writing a book. This way you donÃ¢Â€Â™t have to go through all the rejections.Ã¢Â€Â
If you go
What: Self-Published Book Festival
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
Where: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave.
Info: For details on specific workshops, readings and other events (including additional self-publishing events on other days), visit www.spbfest.wordpress.com. Reservations required for afternoon workshops; go to www.libraryweb.org or call Mary Fraser at (585) 428-8148.