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6 Bullets on How an Author and Book Find a Community

Experiences of a Writer in Print and eBook Publishing

Margaret Kell-Virany, one of the authors you can meet at the Ottawa, Canada, Book Fair this coming weekend (October 26 and 27 at the RA Center, free admission) writes about her path to becoming a self-publisher, both in print and digital. 





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Writing books is all about community so beware of self publishing.

Having read the above blog, I’m more excited than ever about being at the upcoming OIW Book Fair on Oct. 27 with fellow authors and readers. As for debates over whether to self-publish or with a traditional publisher, or as an e-book, I’d like to add these bullets from my 15 years of trying. As you will see, I come down on both sides of the fence, depending on where I’ve been able to find ‘community’:

  • Good, practical advice came in the otherwise-depressing rejection letters I got from traditional publishing companies. I had a maximum of a thousand dollars to put into my book and this advice was free. Structure, length and target audience were some of the trouble spots. I was angry and wanted to prove them wrong in rejecting me but, at the same time, I had to…

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Living In or Near the Canadian Capital OTTAWA, ON?

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Mark your calendar for October 26 and 27 – Saturday and Sunday! Visit Canada’s Premier Book Extravaganza! The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) invite you for a Book Fair at the RA (Recreational Association facility) with ample FREE parking.

At age 20, the Ottawa Independent Writers association is poised for its most buzzing, exciting event yet when the door of its tenth annual book fair bursts open on October 26 and 27. George Laidlaw, the face of and a tireless force behind the OIW, always coming up with innovations and inspiring fellow writers, is ready to receive a crowd of 2,000.

Ottawa Writer and member of the OIW, Margaret Kell, wrote a blog post about this event and also mentioned the “star writer” and initiator, George Laidlaw, author  of 91 books. Margaret herself is the author of A Book of Kells and Kathleen’s Cariole Ride.  

Read more on Margaret Kell’s blog CozyBookBasics Meet more than 50 independent writers, showing their books in Ottawa! Visit OIW’s website to see a catalog of members’ books.




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