Self-Publishing Conference to Be Held


It seems everyone has a book in mind that they’d love to write. Some only want to give copies to their friends and relatives; others would like to sell their book. But the process of putting their ideas on paper and getting them printed into book form can seem to be an overwhelming task.
The staff at Mechling Bookbindery/Bookbinders Workshop, of Chicora, hopes to calm the fears of would-be writers. They are holding a “Self-Publishing Conference” on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for those who want to see their dream come true.
The event is scheduled for a full, enjoyable day of learning, from 9 am to 4 pm with sign-in starting at 8:30. Nine guest speakers will talk about their experiences as writers and offer tips on manuscript prep, research methods and sources, documentation, layout, scanning and photo prep, copyright and ISBNs, working with a printer, and marketing.
The speakers are:
• Pat Collins, executive director of Butler County Historical Society;
• Kathleen & Paul Harris, authors of A Soldier’s Story: The 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War;
• Mark Barnes, author of Locations & Origins of the Cemeteries of Beaver County, Pa. and Ellwood City, Then & Now;
• Brad Pflugh, Department Chair for Social Studies, professor at Butler Co. Community College, and author of Butler County in the Civil War; Rage Murder, and Execution! The Story of Sam Mohawk and the Wigton Family Massacre; Butler County’s Nine-Month Men: The 134th and 137th Pennsylvania Infantry;
• Kari Zeigler, senior graphic designer for Mechling Bookbindery;
Fletcher Ward, author of Chautauqua’s Largest Fish, Saving Chautauqua’s Muskies, Chautauqua Lake’s Great Race;
• Ceane O’Hanlon-Lincoln, award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books: County Chronicles five-volume series; Toast to Destiny; Autumn Song; Sleuth Sister mystery series: The Witches’ Time-Key, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, The Witch’s Silent Scream;
• Al Mechling, owner of Mechling Bookbindery/Bookbinders Workshop, publisher and author of several books including Burials in the Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning, Pa. 1811-1995.
The registration deadline is March 25th. The fee is $59.00, which includes lunch. You can register on-line anytime at: or call 724-287-2120, 8:00 to 4:30, Monday—Thursday; 8:00 to 4:00 Friday.
Mechling Bookbindery/Bookbinders Workshop is located on Route 38 six miles north of Route 422, at 1124 Oneida Valley Road, Chicora, PA 16025.

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