Do you have questions about book publishing? Come get answers at the New England Authors Expo, taking place on July 26 at the Danversport Yacht Club on Route 62 in Danvers, MA. Meet authors and service providers from around New England — Blue Pencil Consulting will be there exhibiting, and I’ll be part of a panel on book store sales and distribution at 4 PM. The Expo itself runs from 4 to 9, but informative panels start at noon, and all of it is free and open to the public.

My fellow panelists include Dominic Copeland of Barnes and Noble, and Paul A. Parisi of Acme Binding. We’ll be talking about the ins and outs of book distribution, and steps indie/self-published authors can take to get their books on retail shelves. Among the many important actions authors can take is making sure their books meet industry standards for professionally published books. Earlier this year, the Independent Book Publishers Association released its “Industry Standards Checklist for a Professional Published Book.” It’s worth your while to take a look. at the checklist. If you aren’t able to attend the Expo, but are interested in some of the information I’ll be sharing as part of the panel, here’s a PDF of the Book Distribution Resources I’ve put together. Please contact me if you have any questions