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Saturday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Self-Publishing Novelist: Report from the Trenches

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We've been hearing for a while that new technologies for authoring, designing, printing, publishing, marketing, distributing and consuming books will disrupt the traditional book publishing business model and empower the everyman self-publisher. The combined effect of new technologies will supposedly blast open the floodgates that have been simultaneously protecting readers from hordes of hack writers and arbitrarily keeping down literary geniuses whose works don't fit into obvious conventional pigeonholes. With Print-On-Demand technology for paper books, with distribution channels such as Amazon and the Apple Store to connect book sellers with book buyers, with devices like the Kindle, iPad and Nook for readers to consume books anywhere, it has become fashionable to say that writers no longer need publishing houses, that the poisonous stigma attached to self-published books is losing its venom. But is it true? Self-publishing is not the walk in the park that some would have you believe. This panel brings together four writers who are explicitly concerned with the novel/novella form. We're not merely self-publishing writers, we're self-publishing novelists. We are custodians of an art form that is under threat by the very technologies that open the marketplace to anybody at all who claims that their manuscript is a novel. How shall novelists and the novel itself survive?

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Jane Friedman

Professor/EditorThe University of CincinnatiAs the former publisher and editorial director of Writer’s Digest, Jane Friedman is an industry authority on commercial, literary, and emerging forms of publishing. She has spoken at more than 200 writing events since 2001, and is known... Read More →
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Nicole Galland

Authormongoliad.comAlong with Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and others, Nicole Galland writes The Mongoliad, a collaborative serialized historical novel. It is available online and as a download to a variety of mobile devices through the auspices of Subutai Corporation, which is helping... Read More →
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Carolyn McCray

CEOIndie Book CollectiveAs a woman writing in a man's field (historical thrillers), Carolyn has broken down barriers while forging a path as a social media expert, founding the Indie Book Collective. An outspoken advocate for the indie author, The Collective has a weekly radio show... Read More →
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John Sundman

NovelistWetmachineJohn Sundman is the author and publisher of the cyber-nano-biopunk novels Acts of the Apostles, Cheap Complex Devices, and The Pains, and has been called "the future of printed fiction" by SXSW keynoter Bruce Sterling. John has been a manager of technical publications... Read More →

Saturday March 12, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Sheraton, Creekside

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