Community writers to learn about publishing at Stillwater Public Library

stillwater writers  july small(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 3, 2014) –– The Stillwater Writers and Stillwater Public Library are sponsoring an up close and personal look at publishing in Oklahoma.  “Publishing 101” will be held Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. and will feature publishers who will explain to area writers how to work with the publishers in this area.

“Anyone who is trying to get published or even those who are just starting their writing career should attend this program” said Mary Benningfield, Stillwater Writers program coordinator. “We’re excited that we can offer our community a chance to get answers and advice from people with years and years of industry experience.”

The panel includes four Oklahoma publishers who represent different types of writers, subject matters and offered publishing options.

“One of the reasons we wanted to hold the panel is to introduce writers to different types of publishers,” said Benningfield. “There are many avenues for getting published, whether it is through a traditional publisher, a niche publisher or by self-publishing. We want to make sure that our writers are educated about all of the possibilities.”

Shoppe Foreman Publishing provides writers the option of selling and marketing their books themselves to save on expenses. It is owned and operated by panelist Larry Foreman of Guthrie.  Foreman, an avid family historian and founding member of the Red Dirt Writers Society, created his publishing company to help to help others get family histories, memoirs, and biographies into print as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Roadrunner Press is a company that started on the west coast and moved to Oklahoma in 2011.  Jeanne Devlin, owner, publishes independent and traditional titles for the Young Adult market, but has expanded to include select regional and national titles in general fiction and nonfiction.

“More times than not, Oklahoma authors have had to head east to have their books published,” said Devlin. “But our publishing house hopes to change that.”

Devlin graduated from the Stanford University Publishing Course and is well-known for her proofreading, editing, print design and photography skills. She worked on national campaigns for Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s and for New York Times bestselling authors Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, Robyn Carr and Wendy Corsi Staub.

Panelist Doug Dollar started his publishing career in 1972 at the Oklahoma State University Press.  In 1981, he began his own publishing business, Stillwater’s New Forums Press, which specializes in scholarly works and publications.  New Forums Press has extended its publishing catalog to include histories and fiction.  Its first fiction book, a children’s novel titled “Once in a Blue Moon,” was printed in 2014.   

Keith and Megan Provance are the owners of Word & Spirit Publishing, a niche publisher focusing on inspirational titles. Keith Provance has more than 30 years of experience in publishing.  He got his start in 1978 at Harrison Publishing where he received training in every aspect of the publishing process.

After becoming a Harrison Publishing partner, Provance served as its President for more than 25 years and was responsible for the publication of more than 2000 titles, for several hundred authors.  During his tenure, the company sold and distributed more than 200 million books in over 180 nations. 

“Publishing 101” is a free program open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.