A new season for authors

The summer solstice was the occasion of Sarah Lawrence College’s “Publish and Promote Your Book Conference,” which the school hopes to make an annual event.

Held at the college’s Heimbold Visual Arts Center and sponsored by its justly respected Center for Continuing Education and Writing Institute, the conference featured enlightening panels on literary agents, editors, self-publishing and social media. There were also one-on-one sessions with agents and editors in which you could pitch a project for an additional fee.

Mostly it was a day for writers and bookworms alike to exchange ideas, like Susie Orman Schnall, whose self-published novel “On Grace” has just been picked up by a small press. It tells the story of a woman facing a number of challenges at 40 and is set in Westchester and Fairfield counties.

Susie was on a panel that also included another local author, Tessa Smith McGovern, whose “Cocktails for Book Lovers” is due out July 14. Tessa is the executive producer of BookGirlTV, 4 p.m. Thursdays on BookGirl.TV, FB and YouTube.

For more on the Center for Continuing Education and The Writing Institute, visit slc.edu. – Georgette Gouveia

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