Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Mary Vigliante Szydlowski & Mia Frances
Performer name: Mary Szydlowski
Phone: 5184533613
Mailing address: 37 Normanside Dr.
Albany, NY 12208
E-mail address: maszyd@aol.com
Website: http://www.maryviglianteszydlowski.com & https://www.facebook.com/miafrancesauthor
Performer's agent: None
Previous appearances at:
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 06/09/2016

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Everything you've always wanted to know about self-publishing an eBook but were afraid to ask! Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
We will discuss how to self-publish an eBook. The special formatting and other requirements needed when uploading to Amazon Kindle Direct, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, All Romance, and Createspace. The pros and cons of uploading your work yourself to each sales website or using portals such as Smashwords, Pronoun, and OmniLit which are free. We'll also look at companies that charge for services up front like Bookbaby. We'll go over the various royalty arrangements, the countries where your book might be sold, and whether or not you should sell your work exclusively through one publishing program to the exclusion of others. We'll discuss the importance of cover art and thumbnails in selling a book, and where to get book covers and the cost. We'll discuss marketing your work and the common mistakes that can cost you sales and turn off readers.
$201- $350
Writing to Sell Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Participants will receive an overview of the publishing industry. They will learn how to use a variety of reference materials to locate markets for their work. We'll discuss the types of rights publishers buy, copyright law, forms of payment, manuscript format, contracts, etc. We'll talk about the importance of revising and editing manuscripts for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. Participants will learn how to write a query letter. They'll also learn about web resources for writers. We'll also talk about what to do if your manuscript is rejected.
$201- $350
Web Resources for Writers Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Discussion of the resources available to writers on the Internet including: information on various writing organizations; how to locate literary agents; finding publisher listings, locating specific markets for your work; using writer's guidelines; identifying writing scams;selling your work on the web to content aggregators,online magazines,and anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul (themed) books; and writers' support groups.
$201- $350
Where do stories come from? From an idea to the printed page. Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Explains how an idea is transformed into a story and how that becomes a book or magazine piece. The audience will see how notes on scraps of paper become the 1st draft of a story. We'll discuss drafts and rewrites. We'll talk about what editors do and who comes up with the illustrations. And finally how the words and pictures become a story in a magazine or a children's book. We'll use 3 of my published children's books and some of my children's stories as examples.
$201- $350
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