Self-Publishing Workshop

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bear Pond Books, in collaboration with Galaxy Bookshop, Ingram Spark, and IPNE, presented this Self-Publishing Workshop. Watch the workshop below, and scroll down to read more about the panelists.

Our panelists speak from experience about the process of publishing, distribution, and marketing to help you navigate the self-publishing and small press landscape. Panelists include:

  • Stacie M. Williams, Ingram Publishing Services

Prior to joining Ingram in 2015 as a sales rep for New England bookstores, Stacie Williams worked for HarperCollins in New York City and spent 9 years as a bookseller in a large Midwest independent bookstore. In addition to bookselling, she worked on events for the store, hosting hundreds of authors and preparing marketing, publicity, and social media materials. The daughter of a writer and editor, Stacie occasionally puts pen to page for publication and has also had the pleasure of moderating half a dozen panels at AWP. Books are her jam.

  • Charlotte Pierce, Former President, IPNE, Independent Publishers of New England

An indie publisher and freelancer, former IPNE president Charlotte Pierce started in publishing as a regional editor for Outdoor Empire Publishing in Seattle in 1980. She then served as managing editor for Home Office Computing Magazine (Scholastic) in New York starting in 1985, before moving to Boston to start Pierce Press in 1989. Charlotte grew up on a small farm in Eastern Washington and is an avid sculler (rower). She enjoys winter & summer hiking, geocaching, language learning, adventure travel, fiber arts, and all manner of crafting & making. She graduated from the University of Washington (BA cum laude) and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Master's in Public Administration, 1992). An IPNE member since 2007, Charlotte has served on the Board in a number of capacities, including president, co-president, vice-president, and secretary.

  • Susannah Noel, Book Editor

Susannah Noel began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Wiley-Blackwell in 1992. Within a few years, she had moved from working in-house on medical and scientific journals to freelance copyediting and proofreading trade fiction and nonfiction books. She’s edited and proofed hundreds of titles, including A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs, Modern American Snipers by Chris Martin, Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option, and Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz.

Clients include independent authors as well as traditional publishers: St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Picador, and other Macmillan imprints; Viking of Penguin Random House; Inner Traditions International; and Harvard University Press, among many others.

She and her brother, Christopher Noël, provide a range of editing and proofreading services to authors through their company Noel Editorial ( Susannah lives in Montpelier with her husband and two teenage sons.

  • Robbie Harold, Author

Robbie Harold is the author of two historical mysteries, Heron Island (2010) and Murdered Sleep (2015), as well as articles, reviews, short stories, poems, and plays. Murdered Sleep was the 2015 winner for Genre Fiction in the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) annual book awards.

A native of Scotland, Montpelier resident, and 2001 graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English, where she won the 1999 Robert Hayduke Poetry Prize, she is currently working on two novels, one of them a re-imagining of the life of a Civil War widow. She performs frequently in regional community theater.

  • Marc Estrin, Fomite Press

Marc Estrin is an author, cellist, political activist, and founding editor of Fomite Press. His novels include Insect Dreams, The Half Life of Gregor Samsa (2002), The Education of Arnold Hitler (2005), Golem Song (2006), The Lamentations of Julius Marantz (2007), The Annotated Nose (2008), and others. With photographer Ron Simon he authored the memoir Rehearsing With Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater (Chelsea Green 2004).

Marc lives in Burlington, Vermont. His epic novel, Kafka’s Roach, is forthcoming May 1st. Visit his website at