You’ve gone through the long arduous process of writing a draft of your book that you actually like.
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. 8, at Wildwood Cultural Center (7645 Little Mountain Road in Mentor) 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.
November is National Novel Writing Month, and we’ve enlisted a cadre of authors to help aspiring authors hone their craft at Mentor Public Library
- Bestselling writer Paula McLain, author of “The Paris Wife” and “Circling the Sun,” will visit the our Main Branch on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to discuss her work.
- Claire McMillan, author of “The Necklace,” will teach how to craft convincing dialogue on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
- Jill Grunenwald will teach the art of the flash essay—a short story, no longer than a few hundred words—on Monday, Nov. 20. Afterward, she will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Running with a Police Escort.”
- The library will host a series of write-ins with author Alexandra Hupertz on Nov. 2, 9 and 29 at Wildwood Cultural Center. Writers can discuss ideas, share selections of their work, and get their creative juices flowing.
- Finally, Pulley will return to the library and lead a session where writers can share and discuss their stories on Thursday, Nov. 30. That will be followed by a free author talk where Pulley will discuss her newest novel, “The Unclaimed Victim,” which was inspired by the Cleveland Torso Murders.
All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be at our Main Branch, unless otherwise indicated. They are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. You can sign up on our event calendar or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.
Finally, we’d like to thank the Mentor Community Arts Commission and Friends of the Mentor Public Library for helping fund our NaNoWriMo programming.