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Published on November 14, 2017 1:55PM


Tips on how to get your book into print will be on offer this Sunday, Nov. 19, in Newport when Valerie Ihsan of Willow Bench Books presents “The Nitty Gritty of Self-Publishing.”

Ihsan, author of “The Scent of Apple Tea” and “Smell the Blue Sky: Young, Pregnant and Widowed,” will discuss why indie publishing is a lucrative and viable alternative to traditional publishing, what you need to know before starting the process, and what to consider while making important decisions. She will share her self-publishing checklist and answer questions.

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion for top indie-published books, Ihsan co-chaired the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers for seven years and currently teaches low-cost publishing classes for authors. She also teaches various workshops on writing and offers editing and proofreading services through her Yellow Pen Editing company.

As a certified bereavement facilitator and licensed massage therapist, Ihsan teaches workshops on managing grief, such as “Booze and Chocolate Aren’t the Only Ways to Cope: Turning Negative Emotions into Art.”

Sunday’s talk, hosted by the Willamette Writers’ Coast Branch, is free and open to all and will run from 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, go to http://willamettewriters.com/coast.



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