DIY writers get festival boost in Blue Mountains

Sharing her insights: Author Sarah Mills

Aspiring writers inthe Blue Mountains can joina Sydney Writers’ Festival event that will demystify the many questions around self-publishing.

Presented by Blue Mountains City Library and Varuna, The Writers’ House, the event will be held at Katoomba library onSaturday,May 21.

“The Blue Mountains has such a wealth of creative talent and is a well-known literary hot spot. It is fitting to have a Sydney Writers’ Festival event in the Mountains and I thank the organisers for organising this event,” said Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill

Author, Gabriel Faragowill offer the benefits of his experience.He has self-published two novels,The Empress Holds the KeyandThe Disappearance of Anna Popov, and believes that tenacity is the key to getting your work out there.

Local author Sarah Mills relinquished her career in journalism to pursue her self-publishing dream and has successfully launched, marketed and sold her first novel, Gom’s Gold, a young adult fantasy with an Arthurian twist.

“When I first launched my book I had dreams of it selling tens of thousands of copies in its first year. The reality was very different of course,” she said.“I knew it would be, but one can’t help but be carried away on the sea of dreams. Building a brand, like building a brand in any industry, is a slow burn. It takes effort, focus, time, money and the application of solid marketing and branding principles. I was lucky to have a strong background in communications and marketing, and I experienced a few lucky breaks along the way. These helped spread the word aboutGom’s Gold, a beautiful story set in Australia’s Blue Mountains that may otherwise have struggled to be heard in the big wide world.”

The event will be held from10am-1pm. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments. Book and pay at any Blue Mountains City Library branch or online atlibrary.bmcc.nsw.gov419论坛. For further information contact Katoomba Library on 4780 5750 or @facebook南京夜网/BlueMountainsCityLibrary.

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