Monday, March 14, 2016

Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Calls on Local Writers to Use Literary Best Practices to Combat Market Forces



Local children’s book author, Jaimie Engle, will broach a tough topic that affects the entire publishing industry during her presentation at the upcoming Brevard Authors’ Book Fair on March 19 at the Suntree/Viera Public Library on Jordan Blass Drive in Melbourne, Florida.

The annual Brevard Authors’ Book Fair is an event that many look forward to as an opportunity for local authors and avid readers to meet and mingle. Throughout the fair, authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their latest books and answer questions about their stories that only they can provide. Engle looks forward to meeting her biggest fans in person at this year’s event.

In addition to meeting with readers and signing books, Engle will speak to local authors at the 2016 Brevard Authors’ Book Fair. Her presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. and will cover a topic that spells success or delivers failure to untold numbers of authors every single year: excellence in publishing.

“The publishing industry is contracting in response to changes in the business model brought on by recent technological advances,” Engle said. “This means that traditional and self-published authors have to take steps and make a commitment to publishing work of superior quality to preserve the industry’s image and be successful in a crowded marketplace.”

Engle’s presentation, “Excellence in Publishing” will arm local authors with the knowledge they need to grapple with pressing issues that are affecting the publishing industry and encourage them to never let outside forces discount their beliefs about literary standards.

“When I self-published for the first time, the marketplace was very different than it is today, and that was only a few years ago,” Engle said. “The barriers to success for indie and self-published authors are beginning to break down, but that doesn’t mean that we can lower our guard, forsake literary best practices or allow the quality of our work to be diminished.”

Upon debut, Engle’s self-published middle grade novel “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” introduced children to a fantasy world that they quickly fell in love with. The book went on to win a Brag Medallion in 2015, a Top Ten Pick by Kids Lit Reviews, and along the way, garnered media attention for its strong anti-bullying message, which resonates with children in a way that few other efforts have. Her upcoming book “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon,” releases on Apr. 22, and tells a haunting Nordic style tale that is sure to turn young adult fantasy fans into ferocious readers.

Engel’s personal experiences with self-publishing were still fresh as she set to work on her second novel, but the industry dynamic had changed significantly, leaving her feeling unprepared. They say that knowing is half the battle, but Engle’s working knowledge left her with 50 percent of the undertaking left to handle. To ensure that she delivered the best book she could possibly write, via the best possible launch she could build in a marketplace she couldn’t control, Engle studied the industry for years. It’s this substantial breadth of knowledge that she will impart during her “Excellence in Publishing” presentation, which promises to be an eye-opener for a number of authors.

Jaimie Engle is a children’s book author, speaker and editor from Melbourne, Florida. Her past works have won a Brag Medallion and an honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of the Future contest. In addition to speaking at schools and writing conferences across the country, Engle shares her anti-bullying message with children across Central Florida. Her coaching firm, A Writer For Life, walks authors step-by-step through the writing process from story idea to published book and sponsors editing workshops at local libraries and Eastern Florida State College. Her next book, “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon” is set to release on Apr. 22.

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