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Writers Receive Publishing Advice At Edmond Library

First, you get a good idea.  Second, you write the book.  Now what? 

That’s the eternal question for unpublished writers, and Jerry D. Simmons, who has worked for over 30 years in the publishing industry and has worked with dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, may not have any guarantees, but he has a lot of good advice.  His workshop  “What Writers Want to Know About Book Publishing” will be presented at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, on Saturday, October 3 from 2-3:30pm.

      “Jerry makes a great guide to the forest trails of the book world,” said Edmond librarian Ronna Davis, “because he’s walked those paths many times himself.  And he’s not just knowledgeable about a certain kind of book.  He’s worked with authors as diverse as Scott Turow, Alice Sebold, James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Nicholas Sparks and Tiger Woods.”

“Writers cannot be successful in today’s environment,” Simmons wrote on his website, “unless they have an understanding of how the marketplace operates, how publishers and booksellers compete, and how to make intelligent decisions about the publication of their book. It is relatively easy to get a book published, but extremely difficult to actually sell books.”

      “What Writers Want to Know About Book Publishing” is free and open to the public.  For more information or to register, please call 341-9282.

 “My program,” Simmons adds, “brings more than 25 years of experience to writers and gives them a glimpse of how the major publishers in this country compete and how any author can use this information to their advantage to maximize the marketing dollars they spend. It also provides a unique perspective on how self-published, print-on-demand, and small publishers can be competitive in today’s marketplace.”

For information about all MLS programs, visit their website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.