WHAT: The Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing
WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Via Zoom Videoconference

WHAT: Conquering the Distribution Mystery
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Via Zoom Videoconference

Do you want to self-publish a book but don’t know where to start? Or are you looking for a way to provide this service to clients? Join our experts for a two-part exploration of the nuts and bolts of selfpublishing a book—your own or for a client—and how to conquer the distribution market.

Session 1: Wednesday, May 3 at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT
Presented by Terri Wright, Book Lotus Productions

Our discussion will include:
• Selfpublishing: how it is different from other publishing methods
• Benefits and drawbacks of selfpublishing
• Choices for self publishing: digital, print, or both
• Providing selfpublishing services to clients: DIY or using a service company or freelancer to help
• The production process and costs

Session 2: Wednesday, May 10th at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT
Presented by Terri Wright, Book Lotus Productions; LeAnna Weller Smith, Weller Smith Design; and Kristin Mehus-Roe, Flashpoint/Girl Friday Productions; and Emily Davis, IngramSpark

Our discussion will include:
• When selling a book yourself is a viable option vs using a distributor
• Full-service distribution options available for self-published authors, with a discussion by Ingram Spark
• How a hybrid option can help solve the distribution problem and how it works by two publishing experts.

COST: Free for ABPA members. For nonmembers, $15 for one session or $25 for both sessions
RSVP: Register in advance for these meetings:
Session 1: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qfuyhqz0uGNaFHxFL80koN72V8OmFjTld
Session 2: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcu-qpjopH9NH_Oq5JS3RTGgXUBjldBnT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We’ll send an invoice to nonmembers for payment, which must be received before the event. We accept payment via Zelle to office@abpaonline.org or by credit card with a PayPal invoice.



Terri Wright is the Founder & Creative Director of Book Lotus Productions, and ABPA Board Member. She has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has produced multiple award-winning publications for self-published authors. She is also Production Director for Workbook Creative, producing high-quality illustration and photography advertising directories. Her career also includes design and production for larger publishing houses including the Smithsonian Institution, HarperCollins, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, University of California, Santa Barbara, among others.

LeAnna Weller Smith is Owner and Executive Creative Director at Weller Smith Design, an award-winning Boutique Design Agency. She is the creator of Productologie by Weller Smith Design® and is also the host of the Creatively Speaking with LeAnna Weller Smith. She has over 20 years of experience in the design and publishing industries. She started her career in publishing at Artisan Books working on cookbooks and illustrated coffee-table books, and has also worked for other publishers including Abrams, Skyhorse, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, The Lyons Press, The Countryman Press, Rizzoli, Workman, and more. With a focus on cookbook design, she currently helps culinary clients to self-publish high-quality custom cookbooks. She shepherds them through the entire process, from product strategy to design, production, warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution.

Emily Davis began her career working in the receiving department of Barnes & Noble where she quickly learned the ins and outs of supplying a bookstore chain. After a promotion to the Kids Lead of the store, she then began her focus on driving sales and merchandising to feature notable children’s books as well as organizing store events and signings. The next step was to transition over to IngramSpark where she started as a Client Support Coordinator, gaining knowledge and insight into the publishing industry. After five years on the team, she is now an Inside Sales Representative who works with authors and influencers to begin their publishing journeys.

Kristin Mehus-Roe Kristin is the publisher of Flashpoint Books/Girl Friday Books. She has been in publishing for more than twenty years, bringing the words and ideas of writers, luminaries, big brands, and timeless institutions to the page. She has a passion for working with her super-talented team on complex illustrated books. She lives in Seattle with her family and two dogs.

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