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Pitch an Agent
Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Carol Stream Public Library
You are your best ally to sell your books. Whether working with a publisher or self-published, learn how to work with a distributor, empower e-book marketing, build social media, make Amazon work for you, get your books into book stores, create and select events, and other successful tools to help market your book. Understand what it takes to become a best seller, how to create publicity for your title and how to utilize award programs. This program is perfect for all authors, at any stage of their career.
The Freelance Life
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Glenside Public Library District
Co-sponsored by the Bloomingdale Public Library
How can freelancers best balance their home and writing lives, while also making time for self-care? Author Amy Bizzarri shares tools that help freelancers better organize their personal and professional lives while also growing their writing biz.
Publish and Promote Your Book Like a Pro
Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Elmhurst Public Library
Co-sponsored by the Villa Park Public Library
Join Jackie Camacho-Ruiz, and award-winning author of ten books, for a workshop designed to maximize your success as an author. Jackie will share her passion for success while giving you practical tips for getting your book published, including a detailed publishing timeline with key components and publishing and distribution options. Learn the secrets of book promotion, publicity dos and don’ts and how to maximize your status as an author.
Finding the Novel Inside You
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Warrenville Public Library District
Co-sponsored by the Wheaton Public Library
We all have a novel inside of us. It’s that story burning to be told. William Hazelgrove tells the secrets and method to get started on that idea and keep at it through the first draft and subsequent revisions. He also covers the ins-and-outs of getting published, and shares stories of paperback auctions, movie options, and his first big contract.
We Need to Talk
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Helen Plum Memorial Library
Co-sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Public Library
Rebecca Makkai will share examples from some of the masters of dialogue and discuss what makes them work. She will cover craft details such as pacing, avoiding awkward speech tags, maintaining longer speeches, and giving each character a distinct and consistent voice.