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Self-publishing: A Comprehensive Overview

University of Minnesota, LearningLife Program

May 7, 2016, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

From publishing workflow, copyright, and ISBNs to book printing, distribution, and marketing, this one-day immersion provides a comprehensive overview of the self-publishing world. We’ll begin by learning how to differentiate between traditional, self-, and "vanity-house” publishing. We also will discuss the different types of editors (and how to find the one(s) you need), as well as print-on-demand publishing and ebooks. By day’s end, you will feel better informed and more equipped to take that exhilarating next step toward publication.

Tuition includes breakfast and lunch.

Session taught with Gordon Thomas.

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Patti Frazee is the author of two novels. Cirkus was published by Alyson Books in 2006 and re-released in Kindle version in December 2011. Cirkus was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Patti's second novel, Out of Harmony, was released in January 2012.

Patti grew up in Fremont, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She received a BFA in theatre and went on to work at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts for two summers. After a brief stint in New York City and a longer stint in Nebraska, Patti eventually moved to Minneapolis.

She left the acting life and pursued her dream of becoming a writer. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in 2002. In 2005, Patti was awarded an honorable mention in the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Lesbian Writer's Fund.

Patti is a professional copy editor, copywriter, and proofreader. She has worked with companies such as Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing (specifically with their Flux imprint), Hazelden Publishing, and U.S. Bank.

She also works with indy authors to self-publish their books, advising them in all facets along the way and even serving as a book designer. She has worked with authors such as Lorna Landvik and Toni McNaron.

Patti lives in Minneapolis with her wife, and their dog and two cats.

Selected Works

...Frazee’s probing work is an ode to the power of the imagination and the ongoing quest for identity. -- Pamela Carter Joern, author of The Floor of the Sky
A feast of words and dreams...
--Susan Power, author of Roofwalker and Grassdancer

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