"High Point, North Carolina, Sat., Nov. 7, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The High Point Public Library at 901 North Main Street, High Point, NC, will host a book festival for local authors.

Traditionally-published and self-published authors from High Point will be invited to showcase their work at the festival. The library will also accept published authors from other parts of Guilford County as space allows. Authors will have space to sell and showcase their work. In addition, the festival will host workshops by local published authors for the benefit of the general public and aspiring authors.

Jim and Joyce Lavene, bestselling mystery authors, will host a workshop entitled “Tall Tales: Myths and Lies About Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing” from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Lavenes live in rural North Carolina and are the authors of 11 mystery series published under 3 different pseudonyms, including the “Retired Witches” series and the “Renaissance Faire” series. The Lavenes have had tremendous success with traditional publishing through outlets such as Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon & Schuster, but recently became “hybrid” authors by choosing to self-publish some of their books. The Lavenes will share the reasoning behind their decision as well as some of their publishing secrets.

Chris Roerden, a professional editor and author of the Agatha award-winning “Don’t Murder Your Mystery!” and the Macavity award-nominated “Don’t Sabotage Your Submission” will host a workshop on getting manuscripts past the editor’s desk. The workshop, “What Editors Look for When Accepting or Rejecting Manuscripts, and What Self-Publishers Want To Give Their Readers, Too!” from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Roerden, who lives in Greensboro, N.C., will focus on ways that aspiring authors can increase their chances of having their manuscript accepted.

Authors interested in participating in the festival should contact Nancy Metzner, Readers’ Services Division Manager, at 883-3650 or at nancy.metzner@highpointnc.gov. The author registration deadline is October 26th.

This event is free and open to the public."

- A Press Release

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