Free Self-Publishing Classes Return To Seattle Public Libraries

2015_seattlewrites“It’s great to be a writer in the Pacific Northwest. Not only do we get wet, dark winters–perfect stay-in-and-write weather–but we also have the support of one of the best literary communities around. And our library totally gets it!” wrote local self-publishing guru Beth Jusino in her latest newsletter.

Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes programming includes a full lineup of free classes on writing, publishing, marketing, and more this fall.  Starting October 3, the courses listed below are specifically aimed at the author considering publishing their own work. To register for these courses and to find out more about the library’s distribution system for epub or pdf publications via, visit the SPL website here.

Seattle Writes: Social Media for Beginners
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Branch
If you are in need of a comprehensive beginner’s guide to social media (aimed at authors), then this course is for you. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Social Media Master Class
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Branch
You’ve got the basics of social media down. You know how to blog, tweet, and hashtag, but how do you make the most of your efforts? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballard Branch
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Publishing Basics
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Once the manuscript is ready, what happens next? We’ll look at the decisions self-publishing authors need to make to get their work in front of readers. Registration is required.

Jusino will be teaching two classes this winter through SPL: December 5’s “Do You Think You’re Done? Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Write”  and December 6’s “Self-Publishing Basics: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book.” Her book, The Author’s Guide to Marketing, won a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPYs) in the Writing/Publishing category. The Kindle edition is on sale this week (Sept 14-21) for 99 cents on

For those who remember that our last update from Jusino was her decision to walk a medieval pilgrimage route in Europe, she reports that she successfully completed the 1000 miles on the Camino de Santiago and, more amazingly in our modern age, stayed away from her computer for 92 days.