New Directions in Self-Publishing
155 College St, Toronto, ON M5T, Canada
What’s new about the current crop of online editorial services and self-publishing platforms, and how can writers and editors make the most of this evolving system?
What do authors and editors need to know about the publishing business to determine which solutions work best in a hybrid industry?
What’s driving professional standards within self-publishing, and what do higher expectations mean for writers and editors?
Self-publishing has come a long way since the first print-on-demand services surfaced in the late 1990s. Driven by technological change, shifting reading habits, and proliferating formats, self-publishing is a constantly evolving space where success can be elusive, but where the odds improve with detailed knowledge of the industry, investments in professional editing and design, and a willingness to adapt to changing conditions.
Join Editors Toronto and the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) on March 27 for a panel discussion about the current state of the industry, led by four seasoned professionals whose work has involved them in all areas of self-publishing, from POD, hybrids, and ebooks to crowdfunding, audiobooks, and online reading and writing communities.
This event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is geared to writers, editors, other publishing industry professionals, and students.
You’ll hear hot takes about self-publishing from:
Meghan Behse, the president of PubLaunch Inc., a new online marketplace and crowdfunding platform where writers, readers, and publishing professionals join forces to get books published
Nina Munteanu, an internationally published author of eight science fiction novels, an experienced editor of traditionally published and self-published books, and the author of award-winning stories, essays, and non-fiction books
Stephanie Fysh, a Toronto-based freelance editor of independent authors in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, YA, romance, and erotica, and the former chair of Ryerson University's Publishing program
Mark Leslie Lefebvre, the author of more than a dozen traditionally published and self-published books, a professional speaker, a digital publishing advocate, and a bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience.
You can watch a short video about the event by Mark Leslie Lefebvre here.
MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:
Meghan Behse began her career as an editor for Colborne Communications and
was intimately involved in bringing the hybrid publishing model to Canada through her work launching and operating Iguana Books. In her role as publisher, she steered Iguana through a new world of digital and print-on-demand publishing while experimenting with unique royalty arrangements and funding models, including crowdfunding. Behse will talk about how PubLaunch Inc. is using emerging technologies to help overcome the obstacles writers continue to face within the self-publishing industry, particularly in Canada.
Stephanie Fysh is a Toronto-based freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction for publishers and independent authors, and a former chair of the Publishing program at Ryerson University, where she taught editing for ten years. In the self-publishing market, Fysh specializes in fantasy, science fiction, YA, romance, and erotica. She also works with hybrid publishers on projects that range from harrowing memoirs to comedy, and still enjoys a textbook project that she can learn something from. She’ll talk about what self-publishing authors look for in an editor, and how that differs from the roles built into traditional or hybrid publishing.
Mark Leslie Lefebvre self-published his first book in 2004 and created Kobo Writing Life, a self-publishing tool that now represents one in every five book sales in Kobo’s global catalogue. With more than a dozen traditionally published and self-published books to his name (including Haunted Hospitals, Macabre Montreal, and A Canadian Werewolf in New York), Lefebvre will explain what prompted him to self-publish “ten years before any self-respecting writer would admit to such a foul thing.” And he’ll tackle the big-picture questions: “What is currently wrong with self-publishing, and how can we work together to fix that?"
Nina Munteanu is an award-winning Canadian ecologist and internationally published author of eight novels, including Darwin's Paradox and The Splintered Universe Trilogy. A frequent contributor to Amazing Stories and the current editor of Europa SF, Munteanu teaches writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto and has also published short stories, essays, and non-fiction books. Her latest book is Water Is…The Meaning of Water, a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher, and environmentalist. Munteanu will speak about evolving professional standards in self-publishing, and what these changes mean for writers and editors.
ABOUT THIS EVENT: New Directions in Self-Publishing is a joint professional development program presented by PWAC Toronto and Editors Toronto. It is co-sponsored and hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Everyone is welcome.
FREE for members of PWAC and Editors Canada.
FREE for students and faculty in the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Program.
All other full-time students in other programs and at other institutions: $5 (please book online, here, and bring your student card to the venue).
Non-members: $10 with online pre-registration, or $15 at the door.
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RAFFLE: Remember to pocket a toonie! Enter our raffle to win valuable prizes and support the University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Bursary for emerging writers.
COST: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.
Prizes: a FREE one-hour consultation with award-winning author and self-publishing expert Mark Leslie Lefebvre, valued at US$197; two books by Mark Leslie Lefebvre; one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre; three copies of Toronto author Georgie Binks’s self-published novel A Crack in the Sidewalk, donated by Ms. Binks; two contemporary YA books by Emma L. R. Hogg: The Fourth Wall and Winona Rising (both edited by Stephanie Fysh); books by Nina Munteanu; books donated by Iguana Books and PubLaunch Inc.; and one coffee table book donated by Vancouver’s Greystone Books.
Editors Toronto would like to thank Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Stephanie Fysh, Nina Munteanu, Meghan Behse, Iguana Books, Publaunch Inc., Georgie Binks, the Oxford Properties Group, the Scarborough Town Centre, and Greystone Books for generously supporting this event.
Program details for Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 610, Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College St.
(Enter through front doors, take elevator to sixth floor, and turn left).
7:15 PM Doors open
7:30 PM Introductory remarks by PWAC and Editors Toronto members
7:40 PM Program
8:50 PM Q&A
9:20 PM Closing remarks and raffle
VIDEOTAPING: PLEASE BE
ADVISED THAT THIS EVENT MAY BE VIDEOTAPED FOR USE WITHIN EDITORS TORONTO
AND PWAC. THE CAMERA WILL BE TRAINED ON THE SPEAKERS, WITH ONLY MINIMAL
VIEWS, IF ANY, OF THE AUDIENCE. SHOULD YOU WISH TO AVOID APPEARING ON
CAMERA, PLEASE SIT ON THE LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE OF THE AUDITORIUM, AVOIDING
THE CENTRE. WE WILL TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO AVOID CAPTURING IMAGES OF
AUDIENCE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VENUE.
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