When and How to Self-Publish: What To Expect, When To Do It, and How to Do It Right Live Webinar

Those of you who are interested in self-publishing an agent friend of mine, Meredith Barnes with Lowenstein Associates, is hosting a webinar tomorrow afternoon for Writer’s Digest.

Here is the information:

Session date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation or ask the presenter questions. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this email as well.

All registrants are invited to submit any ONE of these three options for a critique from agent instructor Meredith Barnes: 1) the first three double-spaced pages of their manuscript, 2) their catalogue copy, 3) or their query (300 words or fewer) as part of the event. All submitted materials are guaranteed a critique.

It’s no secret that the publishing industry is changing dramatically in light of digital publishing, but what that means — and how to best profit from the changes — is still confusing and opaque to many. New venues are opening up for authors to showcase their work, but pitfalls appear as well, and digital and legacy publishing have complicated relationships. Because the decision to self-publish is such a big one, and because that decision made without all the information can derail a career, this 90-minute session will cover the basics: all you need to know to get your book in the five major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, and Kobo.


  • What do I need in order to self-publish, besides just my manuscript? How does it all work?
  • How do I get my book into all of the online retailers?
  • What will I get paid, really?
  • How do I get readers to click “buy?”
  • Does self-publishing make me more appealing to agents?


Meredith Barnes is an associate literary agent, Digital Strategist, and Subsidiary Rights Manager at Lowenstein Associates. She represents both fiction and nonfiction and is especially interested in projects that lend themselves to apps, enhanced ebooks, and other fresh ways to tell stories.

She has coded ebooks in her freelance life and spearheads the digital strategy for Lowenstein Associates, with nearly 200 backlist titles digitally published to date. She keeps a blog dedicated to the digital changes in the publishing industry at www.merbarnes.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter @mer_barnes.


  • Writers who are curious about self-publishing.
  • Writers who feel frustrated by the difficulty of getting a traditional book deal.
  • Writers who aren’t sure whether to go traditional or self-publish.
  • Writers who want to learn more about how to impress an agent or editor.
  • Everyone who has heard a lot of bluster about self-publishing and wants to get some straight facts.
Find all the information here.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

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