I was honored and delighted when Patricia Dunn, the Director of Graduate Support Services at the esteemed Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, asked me if I would participate on a panel about self-publishing for the first annual The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College Publish and Promote Your Book Conference on June 21, 2014.
Just so happens I know a thing or two about that. Before I was signed by SparkPress, On Grace (in its first iteration) found its way into this world as a self-published novel. I used CreateSpace and KDP, thinking going full throttle with Amazon was the way to go. I learned a great deal on my indie journey, and I was so happy to share that information with all the writers who paid good money to come to this conference. And I was so so so happy to hear, at the end of the conference, as attendees lined up to speak to me, that my story inspired them and was really helpful as they consider the world of self publishing.
The whipped cream and double cherries on top of this whole thing are that I got to listen in on the other panels: