Learn how to get published – October 30th

Left: Hopkinton resident and self-published author Bruce Spitzer will lend his expertise to the panel “How to Get Published”

The Southborough Library is in the midst of its New England Author Series.

Authors have already given advice on the writing process. Now there’s help for writers/or potential writers who want advice on the next step.

The panel “How to Get Published” will take place at the library on Wednesday, October 30, at 7:00 pm.

Experts will give advice and answer questions based on their experiences.

Bruce Spitzer will offer the perspective of a successful self-publisher and talk about what it’s like to work with an industry-insider editor.

Boston Literary Agent Katherine Flynn will provide insight into traditional publishing.

Spitzer’s credentials include:

  • Writing and publishing the novel Extra Innings.
  • Working as a public relations executive, magazine editor and columnist.
  • Winning awards from the New England Press Association, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Publicity Club of Boston.

Flynn’s credentials include:

  • Working for the Boston-New York agency Kneerim, Williams and Bloom (KW&B), representing History, Biography, Current Affairs, Science, and Pop Culture for non-fiction and both literary and commercial fiction.
  • Formerly working at the literary agency of Nicholas Ellison/Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. in New York, where she assisted with authors such as suspense writer Nelson DeMille and the Dexter series author Jeff Lindsay.
  • Working for the publishing company of Bedford/St. Martin’s. She has a degree in History from Johns Hopkins University and pursued her Ph.D. in History from Brown University.
  • Teaching English literature and composition to high school students and has working in a rare book shop.

This is the second panel the library has hosted in this series. Last week, a panel of mystery authors offered advice for budding mystery writers.

Highlights from their advice:

  • Think about who did it, why, and why they did it that way.
  • When creating a mystery series, develop main characters that would interact with different people on a regular basis.
  • Kelner reminded the audience that you don’t have write in chronological order and that everyone is a geek about something.
  • Ross recommended Wicked Cozy Authors for anyone looking to learn about mystery books with a New England accent.

The New England Author Series is funded by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, a local representative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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