Wednesday, March 12, 2014

M i d - M a n h a t t a n L i b r a r y 
p r e s e n t s 

The Ins, Outs, Pitfalls, and Rewards of Self Publishing:

What is self-publishing, its goals, risks, and drawbacks?
Why is there even in today’s free-wheeling e-publishing 
environment, a stigma still attached to self-published books?

As part of March’s National Small Press Month, join us for an eye-opening panel discussion about self publishing in the Age of Self Publishing.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 
6:30 p.m. 
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor

Elevators access the 6th floor after 6 p.m. 

f e a t u r i n g
The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association 


Perry Brass
Norman Beim
Kay Williams
Heidi Russell (Moderator)

Why is this the Age of Self Publishing?
Because today all books are to a great degree self published, since publishing a book is not simply printing it (or putting it on the Internet), but making a book into a publicly available item. So all authors today need to be involved in bringing their books to the public, whether marketing their books, promoting themselves, or making other decisions to keep their work alive in front of an audience.

So if you are thinking about writing a book, or simply love books and want to know more about the process of their creation, this panel will be of interest to you.


Heidi Russell is an internationally exhibited photographer and entrepreneur who holds curatorial positions with Manhattan Theatre Source and the e-zine The New York Optimist. In 2008, she founded the International Women Artists’ Salon. Her indie publishing company, Viaduct Publishing, seeks to publish works that utilize art as a bridge for cultural understanding. She has been a member of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association since 2006 and is currently serving her second term as chairperson.


Norman Beim is a lifetime member of the Dramatist Guild, prize-wining playwright, actor, director, novelist, and memoirist. He appeared on Broadway in the original production of INHERIT THE WIND, starring Paul Muni and Melvyn Douglas, has appeared with Morgan Freeman at the Public Theatre in BLACK VISIONS, and also on TV shows like "Saturday Night Live," and in films. Two of his novels have been published as well as ten collections of his plays. His work has received endorsements from Horton Foote, Jerry Stiller, Tony Randall, Katharine Hepburn, Rosemary Harris, and Mario Fratti.

Perry Brass has self-published 16 books through his imprint Belhue Press, has sold close to 100,000 copies of his books in print, digital, and audio formats, and is currently treasurer of GNYIPA, as well as a founding coordinator of the New York Rainbow Book Fair, the largest LGBT book event in the U.S. His newest book is King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief, a coming-of-age of novel set in Savannah, GA, in 1963, the year of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He is a full member of PEN International, the writers organization promoting world literature and defending freedom of expression.

Kay Williams, a professional actress for many years, began her second career as a writer, editor and publisher. In 1995 she founded Calliope Press to publish her 90-year-old father’s biography/memoir Maude (1883 – 1993): She Grew Up with the Country. Calliope Press went on to publish Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles,One Last Dance, Butcher of Dreams, and The Five O’Clock Follies, all award-winning