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Looking to Get Published?

A panel of authors with the New Jersey Authors' Network will make a return visit to the Moorestown Library to answer the question "I've Finished My Draft, Now What?"

Back in February, Jon Gibbs, of the New Jersey Authors’ Network, told a packed room at the the “10 Things Every Writer Should Know.” The presentation was well-received and many of you asked us to invite him back again. So at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 27, Gibbs will return with a panel of New Jersey authors to present “I’ve Finished My First Draft, Now What?”  

The presentation will focus on polishing your work and getting it ready for successful submission. The difference between the manuscript that gets published and the one that’s rejected may be as simple as the quality of the editing. Knowing how to solicit valuable feedback and incorporate it, while maintaining your personal story and style, isn’t easy. Get some tips from writers who have been there and succeeded.

The New Jersey Authors’ Network is a free-to-join/free-to-use network of writers and authors from across New Jersey and adjoining states. Its main purpose is to provide a place through which local authors can team up and give presentations/book signings at community libraries and other organizations. These presentations provide a win-win opportunity for authors to get exposure and . Writing can feel like a solitary pursuit, but you’re not really alone, and sharing “war stories” with other writers can be both energizing and inspiring.

If you’ve finished your own first draft and are thinking about submitting it for publication, join us first.

Authors Jon Gibbs, Kristin Battestella, MaryAnn Diorio, Jim “JJ” Lair, Melinda Leigh and Ilene Schneider will share their writing experiences, including:

  • How their first books or stories came to be published
  • Their manuscript revision process
  • How they incorporate critiques and writing groups
  • How they decide where to submit their work
  • Their most important editing/revision advice for new writers

Questions will be welcomed from the audience and there will be an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the authors. Copies of the authors’ books will also be available for purchase.  

Space is limited, so if you plan to attend please call the reference desk at 856-234-0333 to sign up.

Join us on Sept. 27 and discover why in today’s market, typing “THE END” is really just the beginning!

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