Planning to self-publish in 2016? On Thursday, Jan. 21, Arizona Professional Writers is offering a two-hour workshop conducted by a panel of experts who will provide tips on the subject. Entitled “What’s New in Self-Publishing,” the workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Ave., Phoenix, Arizona. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. APW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.
According to APW Phoenix Central District Director Barbara Lacy, “For over 50 years Arizona Professional Writers has offered writing workshops. Now we want to help emerging self-publishers achieve their goals.”
Panel members include Linda F. Radke, Connie Cockrell, Linda Ann Casey Smock and Brenda Warneka.
Radke is president and founder of Five Star Publications, Inc., a publishing consultant and the author of “Linda F. Radke’s Promote Like a Pro” and “The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing.” She has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing, whether self-publishing, partnership or traditional.
Challenged by her daughter to write in 2011, Cockrell is now a self-published author of 13 books. Some of her titles include “Hard Choices,” “A New Start” and “Mystery at the Fair.” Her writing has been included in five anthologies and EverydayFiction.com.
A retired elementary school teacher, Smock has self-published seven children’s picture books through CreateSpace and Kindle in the past year. She bases her characters on animals in her neighborhood and her own household. A few of her titles include “Norbert Steals the Show,” “Puppy Love” and “Ringo Takes the Lead.”
An attorney with a background in business, Warneka is a past president of Arizona Professional Women. She served as project leader for “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Writers and Journalists 1912-2012,” the APW award-winning anthology about women in the state who pursued writing though the odds were against them. She is also a coeditor and cowriter of two additional anthologies: “Mystery of Fate: Common Coincidence or Divine Intervention?” and “The Simple Touch of Fate: How the Hand of Fate Touched Our Lives Forever.”
The workshop is free for members of APW. Cost for nonmembers is $10. Register in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with credit card information or contact Barbara Lacy at 480-620-1358 for information about how to register by mail.
Those interested may attend a no-host lunch following the workshop. The lunch’s location is Kitchen 56, 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix, Arizona.