Network. Buy Books. Eat.
- 10am-10:30am Meet, Greet & Eat
SELF-e, the Library’s New, Free, Self-Publishing Platform
Jen Robinson, MCFL’s Digital Initiatives Manager, introduces SELF-e, a collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard to bring self-published books to a wider audience through their local libraries.
Writing and Publishing the Mystery Novel
Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans, and Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb co-authors of the Gina Mazzio RN medical thriller series take the mystery out of publishing.
- 12:15pm-1pm Lunch Break: Finger Foods & Networking
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)
There are more options to publish your book today than ever before. BAIPA board members David Kudler, author and publisher, and Ruth Schwartz, book midwife, offer their perspectives on how to approach the independent publishing process in the most professional way possible, and share how BAIPA can be a powerful support system along the way.
So You Want to Publish Your Romance? What Every Author Should Know
USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance Carolyn Jewel will discuss the definition of Romance, the various sub-genres, and she’ll bust a few ridiculous and pernicious myths about Romance and the authors who write them. Publishing is changing rapidly. Get the background you need to decide if you want to publish the traditional way, self-publish, or a combination of the two. You’ll get hard facts and numbers about the business.
The Archivist and the Author: Mining the Riches of the Anne T. Kent California Room to Create the Setting or Background for Your Next Book
Librarian Laurie Thompson has overseen the local history collection for MCFL since 2001 and in that capacity has worked with a number of authors including local historian Dewey Livingston, author of In the Heart of Marin: A History of Kentfield and Greenbrae. Together they will highlight the vast collection of resources available to the public including oral histories, historic photographs and newspapers.
Chocolate Lore and Young Adult Literature, the Road to a Great Review
Did you know chocolate was considered the “food of the gods” in old Mesoamerica? Bay Area author Birgitte Rasine will take us down the cacao rabbit hole and unveil the fascinating mythology, history and biology of the world’s most beloved food. She will also share the curious publishing journey of her young adult book, The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree. A chocolate tasting with Firefly Chocolate, a local socially responsible craft chocolate maker, will follow the author’s talk.
Speakers will be selling their books. Cash or checks only please. A percentage of the sale supports the Friends of the Marin County Free Library.