The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. Please see the 2019 schedule below!
A traditional publisher provides professional editing, book and cover design, cover art, typesetting, printing, promotion, shipping, bookstore access, and so on. As a self-publisher, how hard is it to do all that yourself? Should you invest $$$ in having a service bureau do it for you, or tackle the steep learning curve yourself? Panelists, C.P. Hoff, Halli Lilburn, Dr. Pam Robertson, and Dr. Robert Runté talk about their experiences with self-publishing, and how to get the right editors, the right cover, and the other skills to make it all work.
C.P. Hoff’s debut novel, A Town Called Forget, was published in 2016 and long-listed for the Leacock Medal in 2017. She lives with her husband and children in small-town southern Alberta, where she is a contributor to the local paper. She is also a WordBridge board member.
Halli Lilburn explores multiple genres including steampunk, scifi, horror and poetry. She has works published with Tesseracts, Leap Books, Renaissance Press and many others. She is an editor for The Dame Was Trouble through Coffin Hop Press and freelance with essentialedits.ca. She is also an artist, librarian and mother of three.
Pam Robertson got her first serious crack at writing for hire when her sixth grade teacher asked her to ghost write a story. Now armed with a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies and a passion for writing, she has worked as a technical writer and instructional designer, magazine columnist, and content writer. She has also enjoyed working as a food writer and celebrity chutney chef. Last year, Pam launched Border Pieces, the first novella featuring forty-something Canadian spy Morgan Winfeld, and this fall there are two new books coming out.
Robert Runté, PhD is Senior Editor at EssentialEdits.ca and Chair of WordBridge, the Lethbridge & Area Writers Conference each Feb. He self-published over 150 issues of various SF zines back in the days before the internet, worked as Senior Editor for Five Rivers Publishing (a smallpress based in Ontario) for a decade, and now helps independent authors as a book editor. He has sold short stories to a variety of magazines and anthologies, three of his stories were selected for “best of year” collections, and one story was short-listed for an Aurora Award. He is a former university professor and has three Aurora Awards for his literary criticism.