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Self-Publishing v. Traditional Publishing

As a hybrid author, I have seen both sides of the publishing industry. It is important to know the ins and outs to make an informative decision on how you want to publish your manuscript and how you will be able to market it. In this class, learn what you need to know about self-publishing, traditional publishing, and begin to think about marketing your book once it's published.

Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and internationally bestselling author who has had success in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. Abby has penned more than thirty books and short stories. Her most recent novel, A Deadly Inside Scoop, was published by Penguin Berkley in the spring of 2020. Abby has a bachelor's in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor. A former lawyer and visiting college professor of Economics, she resides in South Euclid, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing classes at her local library.


Details: Self-Publishing v. Traditional Publishing takes place Wednesdays May 15, 22, and 29 from 6:30-8:30 pm in-person at Literary Cleveland, 13002 Larchmere Blvd in Cleveland. 

Genre: All Genres

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Craft talks and discussion with generative writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place in-person at Literary Cleveland's offices, 13002 Larchmere Blvd in Cleveland.

Size: Limited to 15 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email


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