Cooperative Book Release by Six Portland Authors

Six members of The People’s Ink, Portland’s largest free, independent and open writing group, are cooperatively publishing and releasing their books in October.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Oct. 7, 2013 - PRLog -- The traditional publishing model is outdated and struggling to remain relevant. Self publishing is more promising, but promoting your novel by yourself is a huge undertaking with no guarantee of success. The People’s Ink has a better way to publish books: cooperatively.

The People’s Ink is Portland’s largest free, independent and open writer’s community. For two years its members have met weekly for literary workshops with the goal of improving their writing. Now six of those members are publishing and promoting their books, together, in October 2013. The authors are sharing in the time, effort and skills necessary to put their works out into the world, find an audience and build a platform for other members of the group to release their books in the future. This project, in keeping with its grassroots spirit, was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Five of the authors are exciting new additions to the Portland literary scene, while one, Robert Benefiel, is releasing his eighth work. All these books have benefited from extensive peer-reviews and editing provided by The People’s Ink, and have become fascinating reads with widely ranging subjects and styles.

The books are:

Bohemian Interlude, a sardonic twisted humor novel by Thomas J. Turner

Dughall, a poetic literary tragedy by Travis McGuire

Farewell to Hot Water, a novel of speculative realism by Jim O. Neal

Fillings, a literary mystery novel by Dave Garlock

Lucretia’s Love, an existential horror novel by Eliot Olingrad

Vote No For President, a contemporary poetry collection by Robert Benefiel

These six publications are only the beginning. The goal is to lay the groundwork for other members of the group to publish their works in the future. The People’s Ink is open to all Portlanders committed to writing, and envisions a writer’s community where people can begin and develop a written piece through our workshops, then publish and promote their finished writing with cooperative releases, all absolutely free. It’s a new, community oriented way of writing and publishing, for Portland and beyond.

All six authors, as well as the People’s Ink’s founder, Richard Pope, are available for interview and readings. We will be holding a release party at the Vie de Boheme (1530 SE 7th Ave, Portland, Oregon) on November 1st starting at 5 P.M., in conjunction with First Friday.

For more information on The People’s Ink and its authors, please visit
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