Printing and Publishing Options for Authors

  • Wednesday, April 09, 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Brentwood Community Center

Imagine that you’ve finished writing your book. You have also completed the important tasks of hiring a competent editor and graphic designer. Now it’s time for you to take the next step in the publishing process and get it into a form (either physical or electronic) that readers can consume.

You’ve probably heard of such terms as traditional, independent, and self-publishing. You may also have come across words such as offset, digital, and print on demand. But what do these terms means, how are they different, and which one is right for you?

What are your best options for getting your book printed so that you can hold the very first copy in your hands? And let’s not forget making your creation available as an ebook. Also, how much will all of this cost you?

At our next meeting, Warren Martin, Linda Austin, and guest speaker Leland C. Shanle Jr. will answer these questions and more in our presentation, “Printing and Publishing Options for Indie Authors.” Our panel will also share some of their personal experiences with the publishing process as they cover the following topics:

  • Traditional Publishing
  • Self-Publishing
  • Independent
  • Buyer Beware
  • Printers
  • Ebooks
  • Distribution
  • Some Things to Know and Remember


Warren Martin independently published his first novel, Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden, in 2012. He served twenty-one years in the U.S. Army and, after retirement, transitioned into corporate business operations and, later, his own business. Warren divides his time among writing, research, teaching business courses, and pursuing a PhD. in business and leadership. In addition to serving on the SLPA Board as vice-president and secretary, he is a member of St. Louis Writers Guild and the Military Writers Society of America(MWSA). Visit: Blog , Website, Book Trailer, Amazon Page, YouTube Channel, St. Louis Green Berets.

Linda Austin
is the author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a memoir of her mother, who grew up in Japan around the time of WWII. She also writes poetry and published Poems That Come to Mind: for those who love someone with dementia.Linda encourages life writing on her website, and consults on indie publishing and social media. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Leland C Shanle Jr.
Lieutenant Commander, USN (Ret), is a pilot, an award-winning author, and a military/aviation technical adviser for the movie industry. His consulting projects include Pearl Harbor, Behind Enemy Lines, The Day After Tomorrow, and Stealth. Shanle is the author of three books: Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, a novel of war, and ENDGAME in the Pacific. His fourth is slated for release in 2014. He has also written for Aerospace Testing International Magazine and is a contributing editor to Airways Magazine. Shanle has adapted his book, Project 7 Alpha, as a screenplay for a major motion-picture studio.

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