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Laura Lauda to host this weekend's Boulder Writers' Workshop literary salon

Laura Lauda, author of The Edge of Svarta, will host Sunday's literary salon at the Boulder Bookstore.
Laura Lauda, author of The Edge of Svarta, will host Sunday's literary salon at the Boulder Bookstore.
Laura Lauda (book cover), Liz West (background fire photo: shared via CC BY 2.0 on Flickr)

This Sunday, the Boulder Writers' Workshop presents another literary salon for you to attend. This one will be hosted by Laura Lauda, local author of The Edge of Svarta. It's a free event, open to the public, so whether you're a member of BWW or not, you are welcome to join in the discussion.

Literary Salon Hosted by Laura Lauda
When: Sunday, June 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder Bookstore's upstairs meeting room
(1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302)
Preregistration via Eventbrite required

Laura Lauda writes paranormal fantasy novels. An avid fantasy reader as a child, Laura dabbled in poetry in high school and began writing her first novel in college. Her current novel The Edge of Svarta is the first book in the series The Souls of Rhamiel. Laura works as a software engineer and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her cat.

Lauda describes herself as a "software developer by day, writer by night--at least for now." Many writers are similarly situated, working a day job to support their literary efforts. But if your day job, like Lauda's, involves working for a company that you yourself own, does that simply things or complicate them? Does that result in more time to write, since you're in charge of your day job schedule? Or does it chip away at your time even more because you're responsible for the whole company?

Another area where Lauda has expertise is self-publishing. She has made her novel, The Edge of Svarta, available as a print book via and an ebook via the Kindle and Nook without the aid, permission or limitation by any third-party publisher. How does that help or hinder her quest to get her book into the hands of readers who will enjoy it? A couple of years ago, BWW founder Lori DeBoer interviewed Lauda (then publishing under the name Laura Nichols), and one of the topics they covered in that interview was her decision to self-publish. She said,

I decided to self-publish because I get to control everything. I determine my marketing, my distribution, and my book. I also get more royalties. The disadvantage is that I have to do all my own marketing, which is time consuming and takes away from the precious little time I have to write.

DeBoer asked her whether she'd ever consider a "traditional" publisher:

Yes, I think if I found the right agent and publisher that could offer me what I needed, like helping with marketing and not wanting to change my story, I would consider traditionally publishing my book.

That was late June of 2012. Since then, there have been changes in the publishing world, some subtle and some less so. Self-publishing is getting easier and more varied all the time. Funding machines like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter are being used more and more frequently by editors and small publishers as well as by self-publishing authors. And this year Amazon appears to be throwing its weight around again. The industry landscape is always changing, and Lauda has been undoubtedly watching those changes like a hawk. You'll get a chance to ask her all about it at the literary salon on Sunday.

Remember that preregistration is required, and closes an hour before the event (1:30 p.m. on June 8th). Registration is free. You can register with your Facebook account or your email address.

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