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Self Publishing Gurus Visit Leonia Library

Carol Karels, Barry Sheinkopf
Carol Karels, Barry Sheinkopf Photo Credit: Contributed photos

LEONIA, NJ -- With a little help from professionals, Leonia Library patrons can create their own deathless prose.

The library is presenting a self-publishing workshop on Oct. 1 featuring Carol Karels, a former Leonia resident and self-publishing consultant, and Barry Sheinkopf, founder of The Writing Center in Englewood Cliffs.Together, the duo has helped improve the work of novices and professionals alike -- among them, essayists, budding poets and memoir writers, as well as pharmacists, former narcotics officers and other profiessionals looking to the literary world for a next-life project.

"We teach them the benefits, some of the things to look out for, and where to start when they are stuck," Karels said. "It's like a pregnancy: You have to get the work out of you. You have to deliver it."

The presentation spans the gamut from writing and editing to the importance of design, printing, distribution, and marketing. "In Leonia, we have a good amount of artists and authors and kind of a creative community," first-year Library Director Matthew Latham said.

Latham met Karels while coordinating events when he was at the Hoboken Library."I thought this would be a good fit in the sense of providing people that outlet, and different options for getting them into print and distributed," he said.

"It's about telling people what they need to know about editing," Sheinkopf noted. "People think it is possible to get a book published very easily and inexpensively, but the client ends up disappointed with the grammar."When they finally decide that they have to show their work to the world, they should at least know what they have to look for to get to the end."

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