Self-Publishing Workshop Offered Oct. 27

Donna Campbell Smith at a NC book signing.
Donna Campbell Smith at a NC book signing.

Are you frustrated with querying publishers and agents about your novel? Why not publish it yourself? Turn your bright ideas into books.

Author Donna Campbell Smith will lead a self-publishing workshop on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10am-2pm, in Franklin County, North Carolina. Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC), The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing: A Writing Workshop will cover topics new and established writers yearn to learn.

In this workshop, explore the pros and cons of self-publishing your own book. Learn how to format and design the interior and how to design an eye-catching book cover. You will learn how to get help with editing (What is a beta reader?), how to write your author bio, and tips on marketing a book. Participants will be provided helpful resources and handouts. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

In addition to her children’s novels, Pale as the Moon, Bear Song, and An Independent Spirit, Donna Campbell Smith has four non-fiction books published by The Lyons Press: The Book of Miniature Horses, The Book of Draft Horses, The Book of Mules, and The Book of Donkeys. She has self-published several books, including two mystery novels: In the Garden with the Pruning Shears and In the Library with the Dictionary. All are available on

Donna will host this workshop in her home studio in Franklinton NC. Address will be emailed upon workshop registration.

The deadline to register is October 22, 2018. Workshop fee is $30 per person for FCAC Members, $40 per person for non-members.

To register:

  • Make checks payable to “Franklin County Arts Council” and mail to FCAC, PO Box 758, Louisburg NC 27549.
  • To pay by cash or credit card, stop by The FCAC Gallery at 118-B N Main Street, Louisburg during business hours.
  • Call 919.497.6910 or email (When emailing, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and an email where workshop updates may be sent.)


Source: Ellen Queen, Franklin County Arts Council

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