Learn how to write & publish your story

YA & Children's author and illustrator Jennifer L. Kelly will talk about what it takes to turn a rough draft into a book on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Mentor Public Library.

YA & Children’s author and illustrator Jennifer L. Kelly will talk about what it takes to turn a rough draft into a book on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Mentor Public Library.

You’ve gone through the long arduous process of writing a draft of your book that you don’t hate.

Now what? After all, there’s a difference between a good story and a good book.

Books need to be edited, formatted and marketed. That’s stuff you take for granted when you’re not the author, but it’s invaluable when you’re trying to sell your book.

That’s why we’ve invited YA and Children’s author and illustrator Jennifer L. Kelly to talk to would-be writers at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at our Main Branch as part of National Novel Writing Month.

Kelly is a NaNoWriMo enthusiast whose books have been both self- and traditionally published.

She’ll tell us how she did it, and share her knowledge about editing, formatting, and otherwise preparing a book for publication. She’ll also offer her thoughts on whether self-publishing or going a more traditional route is right for you.

Kelly’s talk is free to attend and open to all. However, we do ask that people register beforehand. They can do so online or by calling the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

YA author Tricia Springstubb will offer help and encouragement to writers during National Novel Writing Month at Mentor Public Library.

YA author Tricia Springstubb will offer help and encouragement to writers during National Novel Writing Month at Mentor Public Library.

Our author talk with Jennifer L. Kelly is just one of several programs for nascent authors that we’re hosting during National Novel Writing Month.

Every November, writers challenge themselves to complete a draft of their next novel in the span of a month. We’re offering encouragement and inspiration with a series of author talks and Freewrites.

Northeast Ohio YA writer Tricia Springstubb will help us both launch and wrap up the event month. Springstubb is the author of “Moonpenny Island” and other popular books for young readers, as well as award-winning short fiction for adults.

Our Na-No-Wri-Mo Kickoff Event is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at our Main Branch. It’s free and open to writers of all ages.

At the kickoff, Springstubb will present strategies (and coping techniques) for writing 50,000 words in 30 days. (That’s an approximate word goal. We’ll still be impressed if you only write 48,000 words.)

If you’re interested in historical fiction, D.M. Pulley—author of The Dead Key and The Buried Book—will discuss the craft of turning history into stories at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at our Main Branch.

Then, throughout November, we’ll have Freewrites. You can come to the library and have everything you need to write your masterpiece provided, including a clean well-lighted place, a table to sit at, and a power outlet. There will also be coffee, and quite possibly sugary snacks.

The Freewrites will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 22 at our Main Branch.

Bring your imagination and writing tools of choice. We’ll provide the rest.

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