Self-Publishing: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Janis is speaking at Dallas MWASW group

Self-Publishing: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Self-publishing can be very freeing and lucrative for some, but it isn’t for everyone. Janis Patterson learned how to self-publish the hard way and is happy to share what she knows.

Explore the ins and outs of publishing your own books. Learn about formats, ISBNs, covers, and all the details of being your own publisher. Find out the differences between doing it yourself and hiring a book packager. Get an idea of the costs involved. Maybe most importantly, learn what not to do.

Janis Patterson, who also writes as Janis Susan May, Janis Susan Patterson, and JSM Patterson, published her first novel with Dell in 1979 and has been writing more or less ever since. She has also worked as an actress and singer, talent agent, Supervisor of Accessioning for a genetic testing lab, document checker for a travel agency, editor in chief of two multi-magazine publishing groups, and was the editor/publisher of the only monthly publication for the American Research Center in Egypt in the world. Janis Susan is a Founder and Charter Member of Romance Writers of America and a regional Board Member for MWA, as well as being a member of Sisters In Crime, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She has been self-publishing since 2013.


The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month (except January) at Olive Garden, 4240 Belt Line, Addison, TX, 75001. Meeting time is 10:00 AM – Noon, followed by lunch.

There is a $10 fee (cash only – please bring fives or ones) for the program and drinks-only attendees. The fee is reduced to $5.00 (cash only) for those staying for lunch. All who attend are encouraged to remain and break bread(sticks) with your fellow writers.

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