Author Fair

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Join us for St. Mary’s County Library’s
Author Fair!

Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library
Come together and learn with local and aspiring authors. There will be presentations from local authors, a writing workshop, and an information session on self-publishing. Spend the day discovering new authors and learning how to get started in the writing industry.

The day’s schedule:

Presentations by Local Authors
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hear local authors speak about their work and/or experiences as an author. Learn more about the local authors and see the schedule.
No registration.

Character: Or, Who You Are in the Dark
Presented by Jennifer Cognard-Black
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Whether you are an aspiring writer or someone who wants to understand why certain characters live with you long after you finish a story, this hybrid lecture and workshop will give you insight into how writers create characters who are complex—characters who reveal their contradictions, expose their vulnerabilities, and who seem real.

Jennifer Cognard-Black is Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she specializes in fiction writing, women writers, Victorian novels, and the literatures of food. A selection of her critical publications include a writing textbook for advanced students, Advancing Rhetoric; a collection of previously unpublished letters by Anglo-American women writers, Kindred Hands; an anthology of food literature, Books that Cook: The Making of Literary Meal; and a collection of essays by women about their everyday machines, From Curlers to Chainsaws.

Self-Publishing with Ingram Spark
Presented by Doug Voss
2 – 3 p.m.
Self-publish like a pro! As more and more authors are self-publishing, it’s important to choose a publishing platform that will give you the best product and the most opportunity. This session will show you how the right tools can substantially increase your book’s potential, including:

  • Books to match those from traditional publishers
  • Print on demand technology; order what you need, when you need it and avoid warehousing
  • Global distribution to more than 39,000 online and physical retailers and libraries
  • Vital information to help you publish successfully