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Writing an e-book has benefits

There's an e-book revolution going on, and it isn't just for readers. Authors, both emerging and established, are taking advantage of the freedom and opportunities offered by publishing e-book.

Unlike self-publishing, publishing an e-book requires no upfront fees or minimum number of books to sell, meaning it can be profitable for authors. Publishing an e-book also streamlines the process of getting a book into the hands of readers (as long as those readers have a device like a Kindle, Nook or iPad).

If you're interested in learning more about the process, don't miss "Publish your eBook," the next session in the library's writing series for adults, where author Sandra Gurvis, who has written traditionally published titles and eBooks, will share innovative strategies for publishing and promoting your book.

Whether you're an experienced author or just starting to work on your first novel, memoir or how-to guide, this workshop will lead you through the steps of getting your words into print.

Gurvis will discuss the financial aspect to publishing an e-book, as well as ways to promote your title through local events, blogs and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Registration is required for the free workshop, which will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Call 614-807-2626. The program is planned at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Gurvis is the author of 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her titles include Day Trips from Columbus, Ohio Curiosities, Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? and others. She is the author of two novels, The Pipe Dreamers and the recently completed Country Club Wives.

"Publish your eBook" is part of Worthington Libraries' Mark My Words writers' series, during which experienced authors share their expertise on different genres of writing. The next workshop, scheduled Oct. 20, will explore a different aspect of books: the art of illustration.

Meredith Southard is adult services librarian at Worthington Libraries.

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