March 8, 2012


The Write Group is happy to co-sponsor a valuable writing event featuring a panel of five local authors discussing their publishing experiences.  It will be held at the Montclair Public Library auditorium on Wednesday, 3/14, 7-9 pm in the Library Auditorium.  It is free and here will be lots of time for questions and answers.

MONTCLAIR, NJ, March 1, 2012—According to a survey published in the New York Times, 81% of people feel they have a book in them…and should write it. Five local-area authors will discuss their experiences in getting their own books published at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium on Wednesday, March 14 from 7-9 p.m. The free talk features Barry Sheinkopf of Englewood Cliffs, Carol Karels of Leonia, George Beck of Palisades Park, Gina Stritch from Wayne, and James Dette from Weehawken.
Mr. Sheinkopf will discuss how he has helped numerous local area authors, including those on the panel, get their books into print. Carol Karels, a self publishing consultant and author of seven self-published books, will discuss different publishing options.
 This talk is for aspiring, new, and published authors who are considering independent publishing. Books with a targeted audience: local interest, poetry, children's books, memoirs, how-to books, and genealogy are often rejected by traditional publishers.
One of the many benefits of independent publishing is that it puts the author in control of the destiny of his/her book. The discussion will include the importance of editing, design, printing, distribution, and marketing. In addition to the panelists, local book printers have been invited to attend to answer specific questions.
Barry Sheinkopf is the founder and director of The Writing Center in Englewood Cliffs. He edits, designs, and publishes books through his design firm of for the boutique imprint Full Court Press, which currently has nearly 65 titles in print. He's an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island, and an active member of the Authors Guild and Mystery Writers of America. He has published three books of poems and three mystery novels, including The Longest Odds (Lynx Books), The Ivory Kitten (Lynx Books), the recent These Barely Silent Dead: An Intrigue.
Carol Karels is the author of four books on Leonia history, the editor of The Revolutionary War in Bergen County, author of the award-winning Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir. She has also self-published travel books on Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece.
James Dette is a freelance writer who lives in Weehawken, New Jersey. His work, which includes travel articles as well as light and serious op-ed commentaries, has appeared in the New York Times, Irish America, the Record, Street News, and others. His first novel, Rollmops, examined local politics.
George Beck, the author of Trounce, was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a police officer with the Palisades Park Police Department and an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, where he has just completed his second novel, The Killer Among Us, a thriller set in the Palisades Park of the 1930s.
Gina Stritch, a Wayne resident, is the author of a coming-of-age memoir CBGB Was My High School. She flirts with the rock 'n' roll world of Johnny Thunders, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and an assortment of downtown types including Andy Warhol, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Vincent Gallo.
For more information, contact
Carol Karels at 201-592-6545  
Or Carl Selinger at 973-953-0937

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