Panel Discussion on Self-Publishing at Patten Free Library

Posted March 06, 2013, at 10:59 a.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Patten Free Library, Summer Street, Bath, Maine

For more information: Roberta Jordan; 207-443-5141 ext. 25;

On Tuesday, March 12, the Patten Free Library (PFL) will host a panel of self-published authors who will share their expertise on how to write, publish, and market books (both print and eBooks). The program is free, open to the public, and will be held in the library’s second floor Community Room beginning at 4:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

“We had such a great response to the recent presentation by Bowdoin resident Jim Moulton, who provided an excellent overview of and introduction to self-publishing tools,” says Roberta Jordan, an outreach and instruction librarian at Patten, “Many of the attendees that night as well as others who weren’t able to attend the event asked us to organize a follow-up.”

The panelists for the March 12 discussion include Amy Wood and Philip Shelton, Georgetown residents who have been in the self-publishing business for fifteen years. They are the authors of World Voyagers, the true story of their three-year circumnavigation of the globe in the 42-foot wooden cutter Iwalani, which was designed and built by Shelton. They are among the first authors to have turned a blog into a book. Robert Lobis, a retired psychiatrist and Bath resident, will talk about his experiences in self-publishing and marketing his mystery/suspense novel, Boundary Violations. The final panelist, Ralph Laughlin, is a Brunswick resident, has self-published two books, Beyond the Pool and Random Thoughts for a Wandering Mind. His current book project is a compilation of people’s memories and recollections of the JFK assassination.

“The cumulative experience of these local authors is amazing,” Jordan adds, “We hope that this session will help participants who aspire to self-publish using digital tools gain a better understanding of the merits and hazards of different approaches and also learn more about the marketing strategies that get a self-published work noticed.”

Community members with questions about the event may contact Roberta Jordan, the Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Patten Free Library, at 443-5141, extension 25.