Sat. March 4th, 10a-12p Mac's Backs Books on Coventry, 1820 Coventry Rd., Cle. Hts. OH 44118
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The number of authors who are opting to self-publish continues to rise. More and more independent authors are finding success in the marketplace and topping bestseller lists, a clear indication that readers are embracing author-published titles. Join Cleveland novelists J. Thorn, J. Everett Prewitt and Christine Benedict for a discussion about the state of self-publishing in 2017. Hear about the common misconceptions and mistakes most indies make and how you can avoid those same pitfalls. Bring your questions and ideas for the Q&A, and come prepared to do a short writing exercise. J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 170,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. is a contributor to disinformation.com and a staff writer for HeavyPlanet.net as well as a founding board member of the Author Marketing Institute. Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has spent the last twenty years researching mysticism and the occult in colonial American history.
J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. Prewitt was awarded the title of distinguished alumni at both schools. His debut novel Snake Walkers placed first for fiction in four different literary contests and won the Bronze award for General Fiction in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year contest. Snake Walkers was also honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Prewitt’s second novel, A Long Way Back, received the Seal of Approval from Literary Classics. The novel also won the Silver Award from Literary Classics, the Bronze Award from ForeWord Magazine's 2016 INDIES Award, the DQ Award from IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Award, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal from Eric Hoffer Awards. Prewitt lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Christine Benedict studied creative writing at Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland State University. She has had the privilege of working with authors Karen Joy Fowler and Sarah Willis. Her début novel Anonymous earned: • 2015 Clue Award (Chanticleer Reviews) Winner (1st place) • 2016 Wishing Shelves Bronze Book Award Winner • 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner • 2015 First Horizon Book Award Nominee • 2015 IAN book of The Year Nominee • 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Nominee Her short story A Normal Life, a finalist for Perigee Publication for the Arts, is the fictional rendering of the visit to the mental ward where her mother had been undergoing shock treatment therapy in the 1980s, which is also a chapter in Anonymous. Christine’s short stories, taken from her working novel The Girl in the Willows, have also been finalists for The Fish Short Story Prize.