Smart ‘Indies’ build a team

Fed President Ben Nuttall-Smith introduced a lineup of savvy speakers to a crowd of about 60 at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library Feb. 28.

The Fed’s troika of self-publishing events ended on a high-note Feb 28 with the Vancouver fair, which drew about 60 people to the Alice MacKay Room at the central branch of the public library.

In January the Fed hosted two events: the Vancouver Island Self-Publishing Conference in Nanaimo; and a workshop by SP guru Martin Crosbie in Crescent Beach. There’s a lot of interest in the whole ‘Indie’ phenomenon amongst members, so planning is already underway for next year’s events.

Speakers at the Vancouver SP Fair touched on just about every aspect of self-publishing from conceptualizing, to editing, to designing and producing, and finally distributing and marketing. Fed President Ben Nuttall-Smith opened the event and Executive Director Craig Spence followed with a presentation on putting together your self-publishing team.

Like other speakers, Spence put self-publishing into context. “You can’t do it all yourself,” he advised. “What writers do best is write.” More often than not they will need help with everything from story development, through to editing, book design, printing choices, distribution and promotion. “Indie does not exclude the word ‘dependant.’ Independent authors are publishers, too, and need to build a publishing team,” he said, emphasizing the point in his presentation.

Presenters at the event included: Behind the Book, M.A. Demers, Promontory Press, Martin Crosbie, Island Blue Printorium, Gomboc Words Publishing Services Ltd., and First Choice Books.

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