She Writes Press Hosts Berkeley Event May 2 in Celebration of Women on the Publishing Frontier

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Hybrid publisher She Writes Press invites writers and the community at large to attend its May 2 event, where current authors will share their work and discuss today’s new era of publishing.

There are so many ways to fulfill your publishing aspirations . . . We hope this event inspires more people to seek them out.

On May 2, 2013, She Writes Press will host “Women on the Publishing Frontier: A Celebration of She Writes Press and its First-Wave Authors” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, CA.

Ten She Writes Press authors will sit on a panel to discuss their new books and their paths to publishing at the event; She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner, former executive editor of Seal Press, will moderate the conversation. Among the authors participating in the discussion will be women with long histories of publishing with traditional presses, including Linda Joy Myers, founder and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers; Nan Fink Gefen, editor of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty; and Judith Newton, Professor Emerita of Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis.

Newton, who published five books on academic presses before electing to publish her most recent effort, Tasting Home, with She Writes Press, said she was drawn to the community-oriented spirit of the publishing company. “Working with She Writes Press has been the most communal and supportive publishing experience I’ve ever had,” said Newton. “They are strong supporters of women and their writing, and so are their authors; we are all constantly figuring out ways to work together and give each other support. It’s hard to imagine having that kind of communality at a traditional house.”

Founded by Kamy Wicoff and Brooke Warner, She Writes Press is a much-needed alternative in a rapidly changing publishing landscape. Authors pay She Writes Press to edit, print, and distribute their work, but their manuscripts must undergo an extensive vetting process before being deemed ready for publication. Unlike other self-publishing platforms, which publish whatever comes through regardless of quality, She Writes Press works with its authors to ensure that their books will be well-received in the marketplace.

The press is also closely associated with She Writes, a website for women writers that, with more than 22,000 members worldwide, is the largest online community of women writers in the world.

“Between the built-in network that our authors get from the She Writes community and the expert guidance we provide them, we’re offering authors something that no one else is,” Warner said. “Too many self-publishing companies offer basic services but no direction; once they’ve printed your book, they leave you out on your own without a map. Kamy and I created She Writes Press as an answer to all that.”

Speaking at the May 2nd event will be She Writes Press authors Anne Leigh Parrish (Our Love Could Light the World), Betsy Graziani Fasbinder (Fire & Water), Jennifer Richards (Americashire), Judith Newton (Tasting Home), Layne Wong (Shanghai Love), Linda Joy Myers (Don’t Call Me Mother), Lone Mørch (Seeing Red), Mary Hutchings Reed (Warming Up), Nan Fink Gefen (Clear Lake), and Tracey Barnes Priestley (Duck Pond Epiphany).

According to Warner, “There are so many ways to fulfill your publishing aspirations now that didn’t exist even two, three years ago. We hope this event inspires more people to seek them out.”

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