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Successful self-published authors offer tips at Bar Harbor library June 14

Posted June 09, 2013, at 11:10 p.m.
MelRice | BDN
MelRice | BDN
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — Long to be a published writer? Well come to the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. for a moderated discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of self-publishing, with three writers who have been there, done that.

Linda Robinson is a Bar Harbor nurse/midwife whose self-published book “Sunday Morning, Shamwana: A Midwife’s Letters From the Field” about her stint with Doctors Without Borders in Africa recently won the American College of Nurse-Midwives Book of the Year.

MDI resident Tina Rosenberg is the author of the self-published novel “Glenapp Castle: An Intrigue” which won Honorable Mention in the category of Mainstream/Literary Fiction in the Writer’s Digest 18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards and has since been picked up by a traditional publisher. And Jim Parrish of Bar Harbor and Islesford is the author of “Dog Gone,” a picture book for children with illustrations by MDI resident Mike Duffy. Come hear what they have to say about the writing life, and about self-publishing.

A 2012 report by Bowker, the company that manages ISBNs and bibliographic information for books published in the United States, shows that an increasing number of writers are going the self-publishing route. According to the report, the number of print and e-books published annually was up 287 percent since 2006, with 148,424 print books (43 percent of all print books published in the United States that year) and 87,201 ebooks.

Come with your questions and find out whether self-publishing is for you.

For more information, contact the Jesup Memorial Library at 207-288-4245 or e-mail mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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