Book Publishing Workshop with editor Laurie Gibson


  • Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse 1010 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011 United States

Two Sessions: Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2:00-3:30 PM

$25 for one session: $45 for both (Pre-registration is required)


July 8: Session One - BOOK PUBLISHING

  • Insider tips on connecting with literary agents and editors
  • Book promotion ideas for new and self-published authors
  • Stories and writing prompts to stir fresh thinking
  • "Editor's Tips on Craft" segment featuring practical advice to improve writing
  • Four-page handout with publishing industry resources
  • Overview of the journey from self-published to traditionally published author
  • General advice about book contracts

July 9: Session Two - AUTHORS AND EDITORS: Holding Hands or Butting Heads?

  • Types of editing described, including the importance of each
  • Discussion of the author-editor dynamic
  • Myths and stereotypes debunked
  • "Best Practices" for selecting and editor
  • Bloopers for comic relief, followed by tips and tricks to help authors avoid these mistakes
  • Professional edit of five manuscript pages

    La Cañada Flintridge native Laurie Gibson is a graduate of La Cañada High School, Pasadena City College, and California State University, Northridge. She has edited/proofread hundreds of books, including recent editions of classic novels such as The Color Purple and Mrs. Dalloway, as well as the writing of musician Jimmy Buffett and success guru Brian Tracy. Her current clients include publishers such as Stanford University and Patagonia Books, as well as New York Times bestselling novelists. Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs at University of California, San Diego and Los Angeles.