How to Happily be Self-Published – An All-Day Workshop by the Professionals

by web editor on February 13, 2013

people bouncing over booksJoin us Saturday, March 16, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Route 132 in Hyannis, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM for these informative workshops on how authors can self-publish their books.

9:00 AM – Check-in and continental breakfast


9:30 – 11:30 AM

Lisa Akoury-Ross, of SDP Publishing Solutions,will discuss why self/indie publishing is a viable option for authors today. Who are the top selling indie authors and how did they do it? She’ll discuss three distinct ways to go about publishing, what determines when an author publishes an e-book, print or both, and the top ten questions authors should ask an indie publisher before committing to one.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM 

Lunch Break  – Attendees may have lunch at the Hearth ‘n Kettle at the Resort, or go to one of nearby restaurants. 

12:45 – 2:30 PM

In this workshop Jenny Hudson, founder of Merrimack Media will review the rudiments of book preparation, publishing, distribution, and marketing and answer your questions on how you can go from being a writer, to easily being published. In addition you’ll learn about the company’s newest product, Blog2Book, Merrimack Media’s partnership with Shareist, a new writing, content management program that facilitates the production of an ebook and a paperback from your files.

2:30-2:45 PM – Refreshment Break

2:45 – 4:30 PM

Stephanie Blackman, founder of Riverhaven Books, will walk authors through the essentials for  publishing a book. Distinguishing your book from thousands of others isn’t an easy task. Learn how to make a difference, the necessary steps to get there and where to go once your manuscript is ready to appear in various self-publishing entities on the World Wide Web. This workshop includes a list of practical suggestions when preparing your work for print.

About Our Self-Publishing Professionals:

 Lisa Akoury-Ross began her career in the book production business over 25 years ago, serving the largest publishers in the world in the medical, education, and trade industries. Starting with unedited manuscript, her family business provided full publication services for publishers such as Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin, Aspen Law & Business, and others. Lisa launched SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC to help the individual author independently publish their work professionally and cost-effectively. Her business offers a variety of publishing solutions. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, SDP provides publishing services for authors based on their needs and budget. Services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book formats.


Merrimack Media is led by its founder, Jenny Chava Hudson, who has been designing websites and graphics for small businesses since 2002. A writer herself, she expanded her services to print-on-demand publishing in 2008 after publishing three of her own books and is dedicated to helping other authors produce quality books. Merrimack Media makes publishing easy, and specializes in book design, cover design, book publishing and distribution, and book marketing,


Stephanie Blackman, an English professor at a local community college, has always enjoyed reading and working with others to improve their writing skills.  She is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, with a double major in English and Secondary Education, and received a Masters in Education from Cambridge College. Stephanie’s establishment of Riverhaven Books in 2012 was a logical outgrowth of those skill sets, which she combines with marriage and the upbringng of her two sons. “I live a well-rounded life doing what I love,” Stephanie says, “I spend time with my family, teach literature and writing, and get to read fantastic books and interact with wonderful authors. I look forward to watching Riverhaven Books continue to grow.”

Registration and pre-payment is required. The cost for the day is $65 for CCWC members and $75 for non-members who register by March 14th. Those who do not pre-register, the cost will be $75 for members and $85 for non-members the day of the workshop. For more information and to register, call 508-420-0200 or email or use PayPal:

Self-Publishing Workshop Payment

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