NC Author Jon Batson Joins Panel to Deliver Free Self-Publishing Boot Camp at Durham County Library

Five authors, publishers and booksellers to arm writers with information needed to implement a publishing strategy immediately. The free three-day workshop is April 26th, May 3rd and May 10th at the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library.
By: Jon Batson and Durham County Library
DURHAM, N.C. - April 23, 2014 - PRLog -- Durham County Library is presenting an interactive series, Self-Publishing Boot Camp: Get Your Book Out in Print or Digital Ebook, on Saturdays, April 26, May 3 and May 10 from 10am–2pm at the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. Local publishers, book producers, bookstore staff, writers and marketing experts will help participants explore options for making their work available to a larger audience.

Topics covered during the three sessions include a general overview of the publishing process, outline of the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing, discussion of copyright, review of publishing format options, exploration of potential sales outlets and conversation on promoting the finished product.

Presenters include Jon Batson, award-winning author and publisher with Midnight Whistler Publishers; Sonja Foust, author and blogger; Jennifer Lohmann, author and librarian with Durham County Library; Laurin Penland, events coordinator and bookseller for The Regulator Bookshop and Barbara Williams, book designer and publisher with BW&A Books, Inc.

In a recent presentation on self-publishing Jon Batson stated, "It's always been the same since the days when people self-published from the back of their car – cream will rise to the top." He went on to say, “I agree with Jeremy Trevathan of Pan Macmillan, “’There's a lot of talk about publishers being left out of the loop. But this whole thing is an opportunity for writers and publishers to find each other.’”

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library. For more information, contact Carter Cue at 919-560-0282. Learn more here:

About the Durham County Library

The library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

About Jon Batson

Award-winning author Jon Batson is a prolific writer with over a dozen novels to his credit. His most recent "Adventures of a Space Bum" (Ink Smith Publishing) continues his foray into science fiction. "The Trasaron Chronicles", "Mars Quake" and "Doll Bodies" are a few of his tales in this popular genre. His gritty, often irreverent style strikes a chord of contemplation and demands your attention with subtle innuendo and carefully scattered satire. Jon lives with his wife in Raleigh, NC, where he is outlining his next novel.

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