Smart Self-Publishing

This workshop helps answer the question: Do I want to self-publish? And if so, How do I do it the right way? Instructor Jennifer Chesak, who operates an independent publishing company, Wandering in the Words Press, will break down the differences between mainstream, independent, and self-publishing. Then she will walk attendees through a step-by-step process of how to do it right and how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics discussed will include ISBN number setup, a discussion of self-publishing platforms (such as IngramSpark, CreateSpace, Kindle, and Lulu), distribution options, how to get brick and mortar bookstores to stock your title, and how to format and upload your book (without banging your head against the wall). By the end of the workshop, attendees will know the complete steps for publishing a paperback and an ebook to Amazon (and other worldwide distribution channels), have a clear picture of the pros and cons of self-publishing, and understand how to work around any snags.

  • Instructor: Jennifer Chesak
  • Date: Sat., September 12
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $100
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

About the Instructor: 

Jennifer Chesak, an East Nashville-based writer and editor, operates an independent publishing and editing company, Wandering in the Words Press. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and has had a storied career as a freelance adventure, travel, and fitness writer for publications like Runner's WorldWomen's Running and Field & Stream online to name a few. She serves as a mentor for Middle Tennessee State University's certificate in writing program, MTSU Write, and is currently working on a fiction novel set in her native state of North Dakota. Jennifer mulls over plot lines and character traits while training for her next marathon or working in her garden. Find her writing and editing tips at