INDIE PUBLISHING 101: What Writers Need to Know About Turning an Idea into a Book

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INDIE PUBLISHING 101: What Writers Need to Know About Turning an Idea into a Book
November 14, 2015 1:00 pm
August 4, 2015

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Speaker: Tanya Whiton
Date & Time: Saturday, November 14 | 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Fee: MWPA Members = Free | Nonmember $15



Changes in the traditional publishing industry have made it increasingly incumbent on writers to find the means to produce and promote their own work. This workshop will examine one writer’s DIY publishing project, Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, through original concept, layout and design, finding funding, getting editorial input (crucial!) and, finally, printing, publication, and the book’s launch.


WhitonTanya Whiton is the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has published short stories and poems in numerous literary journals, including: Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review and Crazyhorse 63. Her short story “Giving Her Away” was included in the 2006 anthology The Way Life Should Be: A Collection of Stories by Contemporary Maine Writers. She also collaborated on the adaptation of her first Maine-based noir piece, “The Deal,” for an eponymous short film, which was winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 U.S. National Short Film Competition. She was recipient of the 2009 Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Poets and the 2000 Martin Dibner Fellowship for Fiction Writers.


A former arts and travel writer and a contributor to Casco Bay Weekly, The Portland Phoenix, and Maine Public Radio, Tanya holds two New England Press Association awards for her writing about boxing and no-holds barred fighting. Her book Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, a collection of travel essays created in collaboration with photographer Heidi Killion, was published in 2014. VISIT