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Learn to self-publish in a weekend on Whidbey

Molly Larson Cook, founder of Skylark Writing Studio, and two other Whidbey authors with experience in all phases of self-publishing, will collaborate during the “Weekend on Whidbey” self-publishing workshop. - --
Molly Larson Cook, founder of Skylark Writing Studio, and two other Whidbey authors with experience in all phases of self-publishing, will collaborate during the “Weekend on Whidbey” self-publishing workshop.
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Madrona Workshop Troupe, a newly formed collaborative resource for writers who wish to become authors, will debut with a two-day self-publishing “Weekend on Whidbey” Aug. 18 and 19 in Coupeville.

Tom Trimbath of Trimbath Creative, Molly Larson Cook, founder of Skylark Writing Studio and Wynn Allen of WGA Consulting, three Whidbey authors with experience in all phases of self-publishing, will collaborate during the weekend.

The August weekend on Whidbey Island, “From Writer to Author: Getting the Words, the Process and the Marketing Right,” will cover the three critical phases of self-publishing with workshops, including preparing a high-quality manuscript; choosing and working with a self-publisher; and developing and implementing a successful marketing plan.

The workshops will be supplemented by discussions, activities, shared meals and informal consultations to allow writers to interact with the Madrona team and with each other.

The Madrona self-publishing weekend is also available for writers’ groups or other organizations in other locations.

“Writers are frustrated by fragmented information about self-publishing,” Trimbath said in a press release. He has self-published nearly a dozen books. “They’re looking for help in navigating the process and marketing their books. Madrona Workshop Troupe was created to pull together in one place all the pieces that make a self-publishing project successful, no matter how large or small the project, and to make the product as aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective for writers as possible.”

Allen, an author with years of experience in marketing and entertainment, said, “Over the past two years, books published electronically out-sold books sold in bookstores. Traditional publishing is not dead, but writers who want to become authors have choices, and this is the way of publishing in the 21st century. However, for many writers, the toughest part of this new option is marketing. This is where the business side of writing and publishing kicks in, and it’s too often the most-neglected piece.”

Cook is a professional editor/writing coach and author of two self-published books. Her workshop will demystify the process of revising and polishing the manuscript for publication.

“The better your manuscript, the more likely you are to sell books. Reviewers, bookstore owners, and potential readers are impatient with poorly edited books. It’s up to the author to prepare the best possible manuscript for publication. The best writers know this. Remember, Ernest Hemingway rewrote the ending for ‘A Farewell to Arms’ 39 times,” Cook said.

Madrona’s debut “Weekend on Whidbey” will be held at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in Coupeville.

The weekend fee is $240.

For more information, visit madronaworkshoptroupe.wordpress.com or contact Tom Trimbath at tetrimbath@whidbey.com, Molly Larson Cook at jazzcookie@frontier.com or Wynn Allen at wgaphd@whidbey.com.

 

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