Monday, June 11th at 6:30pm:  Interested in Self-Publishing?  Join us for an information packed workshop led by Marj Charlier, owner of Sunacumen Press, a hybrid publisher based in Palm Springs, CA.  The cost for the workshop is just $20.

Although aspiring writers who want to see their works in print often find self-publishing and hybrid publishing as attractive options, many first-time authors don’t know where to begin.  If you are intimidated by the steep learning curve of indie publishing and self-marketing, this workshop is just for you.  On Monday, June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Artisan Gallery 218 will present a two-hour workshop that will demystify indie publishing, help you get your book into print, and introduce you to effective marketing strategies.  Artisan Gallery 218 is located at 218 Fifth Street in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. 

Traditionally published books are now a small minority of the 4,000 new books released every day, as e-books and new publishing platforms have skyrocketed. And while self-publishing has never been easier, it’s also incredibly competitive. 

The cost for the workshop is just $20.  Sign up today for a great introduction to the world of self-publishing. Additional topics covered will include:

  • Choosing an indie path
  • Editing and reviews
  • Preparing manuscripts and covers

The workshop will be led by Marj Charlier, owner of Sunacumen Press, a hybrid publisher based in Palm Springs, CA. Charlier is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a sponsor of the Inlandia Institute in Riverside, CA, and a board member of the Diamond Valley Writers Guild and the Palm Springs chapter of the National League of American Pen Women.  


Fiction is a third career for Charlier, who is the author of nine literary novels and two romances. She has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.  After finishing her master’s degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked at small and mid-sized dailies before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism, she got her MBA from Regis University and began a second career in corporate finance. Charlier wrote her first novel, Putt for Show, in 2013 while still working full-time. After retiring, she wrote the sequel, Drive for Dough, plus Hacienda, Professional Lies, and Thwack! She is currently writing a six-book series about a declining fictional town in Iowa, told through the eyes of six women who are trying to re-invent their town and themselves after their career and life plans have been upended. Charlier was born in Iowa and now resides full time in Palm Springs, with her husband Ben.

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