Publishing 101: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


May 31, 2023    
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


West Custer County Library Community Room
209 Main St, Westcliffe, CO

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The Westcliffe Writers’ Group is hosting Julie Van Laanen, local author and owner of Filter Press.  This is a rescheduled event due to a snowstorm.  You’ve written the book of your dreams. Now what? Do you want to publish it? Is it ready to be published? With all the numerous publication options available how do you decide which one is right for you and your book? She’ll share her experiences working with small, independent publishing houses and self-publishing one of her books ( . In October 2022 she moved to the other side of the publishing world and purchased Filter Press (, a small, independent publishing house that has been publishing books about the Southwest for more than sixty years. Julie will share her experiences in this new endeavor, especially receiving query letters from authors.