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Webinar: Free Your Mind and Your Books--The Perks, Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Self-Publishing

Sep 17, 2024

Online event

You’ve learned the art of writing your genre and your category, and now you’re ready to take the leap into publishing (or maybe dip a toe in) … BRAVA! This webinar is for writers who want to explore self-publishing—aka A Fearless Way to Publish (that is also terrifying)—versus traditional publishing—aka the Sit and Wait, first-time authors who have never published a book, traditionally published authors who want to explore self-publishing, anyone who wants to learn the different methods of publication and examine all their options, anyone who writes fast and doesn’t want to take part in (or remain in) the Sit and Wait (aka traditional publishing), anyone who finds the self-publishing process intimidating and would like an overview, anyone ready to publish a book, soon-to-be-published authors (or long-established ones) who want to work on building their marketing brand, and anyone who likes learning new things. Kim will walk you through the steps to publishing your book, including hiring editors and cover designers, making your own website, creating and maintaining a newsletter list, and a quick overview of which social media platforms to use (and if you should). If time allows, Kim will also: Provide a quick overview on ways to publish on the different platforms with the most attention spent on the world’s largest retailer Outline common mistakes so you can avoid them Include a step-by-step guide to both paid and free tools to format your books (Vellum, Scrivener, Draft2Digital, and Reedsy) Review tips and tricks to start (or restart) your books Provide a list of helpful resources to get you started (and help along the way)

Quick Facts

Host Region: Eastern Pennsylvania

Contact: Kristen Strocchia epa-ara@scbwi.org


  • Premium Members: $15 USD
  • Preview Plan: $25 USD

Meet the Faculty

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About Kim

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are much more interesting than just slipping on the ice. Kim writes under several pseudonyms in mainly the young adult and new adult markets with experience in contemporary fiction, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy and romantasy. She was traditionally published before starting her own publishing company, Gripping Tales. She’s restarted her writing career a number of times and is always ready for the next challenge. Kim loves to hang out and talk books. She regularly presents at NCTE, SCBWI, KSLA, PSLA, and other organizations with initials, along with the Highlights Foundation. Kim served as the Eastern PA SCBWI Co-Regional Advisor for several years prior to diving into other pursuits. When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.

MG & YA CRITIQUES available: (at an additional cost)


  • Premium Members: $60 USD
  • Preview Plan: $65 USD

For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing. (US Letter paper size-Include all materials in the same document; please don’t send two documents.)

For both MG & YA submissions, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.   

Example: Briggs_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at epa-ara@scbwi.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Submission deadline: Wednesday, September 18, 2024.

We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Saturday, October 19, 2024.