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NWPA Presents: Jill Kelly, PhD

Portland writer, freelance editor, and writing coach Jill Kelly PhD.
Portland writer, freelance editor, and writing coach Jill Kelly PhD.
Jill Kelly PhD

Portland writer, freelance editor, and writing coach Jill Kelly, PhD, is the featured speaker at tonight's meeting of the Northwest Writers & Publishers Assn (NWPA). The meeting takes place at the Tualatin Public Library from 6:30-8:30 pm. This month's topic of discussion will be Writing, Editing, and Money: How to Make the Best of all 3.

A well-edited book can mean the difference between great reviews and no response, between sales to an agent, publisher, or readers and a book that goes nowhere. That's why choosing to engage a professional editor before a book is published is one of the most important decisions a writer can make. Yet with all the necessary design and publishing costs, how can authors keep the editing costs reasonable and still get a great book?

Using a structured system of self-editing and asking the right questions of potential editors is the key. At tonight's meeting, Kelly will talk about how doing both can save authors money and ensure they get the help they need.

Jill Kelly, PhD, has been editing fiction and nonfiction writers for traditional and self-publication for 18 years. Her memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She has also self-published two books: a novel titled The Color of Longing and Sober Play, a how-to book on creativity for those in 12-Step programs. Her second novel, a thriller called Fog of Dead Souls, was released by Skyhorse Publishing (New York) in March 2014.

Whether self-publishing or opting to take a more traditional route to publication, this is one presentation writers will want to attend! NWPA's May meeting takes place tonight, May 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Tualatin Public Library. The library is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue. There is a $10 general admission fee payable at the door. (only $5 for member's guests) No charge at all for NWPA members or students under age 18.

The Northwest Writers & Publishers Assn provides programs of interest to the writing, publishing, and marketing community in the greater Portland area. (including Vancouver and Salem) NWPA also sponsors an annual NW Book Festival which is held every summer at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.