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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Divergent Paths to Self-Publishing

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Self-publishing is an increasingly viable and respectable route for writers to find audiences for their work. From funding and editing to e-book creation and physical book printing, the options are exciting, scary, challenging, and numerous.  In this panel, three very different writers describe their paths to self-publishing.

Jess E. Owen is the author of the award winning YA fantasy series, The Summer King Chronicles. Janice K. Mineer self-published her first literary novel, Secret Heart of the Bitterroot, in March 2015, and is an award-winning poet.  Carol Buchanan may publish her fourth novel, The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock, in early September, although she says, “One of the best things about self-publishing is the freedom not to publish until the book is good enough.” She teaches self-publishing at Flathead Valley Community College. 


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Carol Buchanan

Carol Buchanan’s four historical novels – God’s thunderbolt, The Devil in the Bottle, Gold Under Ice, and The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock (forthcoming Autumn 2015) – tell the story of the Stark-McDowell family whose decisions test them in ways they never imagined. When lawyer Daniel Stark joins the Vigilance Committee he commits acts he cannot forgive himself for. When Martha McDowell’s brutal husband deserts her... Read More →
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Janice Mineer

Janice K. Mineer is a graduate of Brigham Young University. One of her poems placed second in a national poetry contest and she has published an illustrated children’s book. Janice loves playing and teaching harp, reading, gardening and spending time on the lakes and rivers of Montana. She and her husband, Randy Mineer, have grown children and eleven beautiful grandchildren. She and Randy live in the Bitterroot Valley in western... Read More →
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Jess E. Owen

Founder, Five Elements Press
Jess E. Owen has been creating works of fantasy art and fiction for over a decade, and founded her own publishing company, Five Elements Press, to publish her own works and someday, that of others. She's a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Authors of the Flathead. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northwest Montana, which offer daily inspiration for creating worlds of wise, wild... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Glacier/Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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