Willamette Writers hosts Publishing 101 workshop


For any writer who aspires to be an author, knowing how to publish a book is essential. Author/publisher Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott will teach a free workshop on publishing at the Sept. 15 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. The meeting takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

This workshop covers the basics of the book publishing industry and offers resources to choose which publishing path best fits you and your work.

“Now, more than at any other time in history,” Parrott says, “there are more opportunities and possibilities to write, share and publish a story — and interact with an audience. Whether you are after the traditional publishing experience, complete with an agent, editor and publisher, or want to self-publish your book, it's completely within your grasp.”

Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott has an extensive background in graphic design and marketing. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1981, she launched OneWay Advertising and Design, working with such notable clients as Yellowstone National Park, Winston Fly Rod Company and Montana Power Company. In 2006, she established First Steps Publishing, an independent book publisher.

Parrott is the author of bestselling books “The Ebook Formatting & Publishing Guide” and “The Lost Sigil Ebook Guide,” both of which reached no. 1 on Amazon. She has also authored several children’s books and is currently work on a thriller to be released in late 2020.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.

Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library, co-sponsors, for providing a monthly meeting space.

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