Press Release – Monthly book club for adults begins at WPL

By Melissa Winn


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‘ & –>The good news, if you’re a writer, is there’s never been an easier time to get published.

The bad news, if you’re a writer, is there’s never been an easier time to get published.

That’s the message author and former Weatherford resident Mark Fadden shared at the Weatherford Public Library last week during the initial meeting of The Edge Bookclub Jan. 18.

WPL Director Dale Fleeger said the club will meet every third Tuesday of the month through May 2011.

Geared toward adults, the theme for this month was “On the Edge of My Seat” and readers were encouraged to check out books on mystery, true crime and the supernatural.

Fadden was invited to speak about his latest novel, The Brink, a Dan Brown-inspired faction (a blend of fact and fiction), and also about the business of being what he terms an “authorpreneur.” He has been a freelance writer for nine years and The Brink is his third novel.

“One of the things you have to ask yourself is, what’s your end purpose?” Fadden said.

Giving examples of other authors who’ve self-published material including James Joyce, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and John Grisham, Fadden explained the pros and cons of doing it yourself.

He also shared with the audience the best ways to take advantage of social media and what he thought the future of books would be in light of the popularity of e-books and e-Readers like the Kindle and the Nook.

“Only 9 percent of all bookstore sales are attributed to e-books and print book sales were $4 billion last year,” he said. “Last year alone, there were 550,000 books published; that’s about 1,500 a day.”

He added, however, that electronically publishing a book is beneficial to the writer because it gives them “street cred.”

“If you’re a real-estate agent, you could do a book on how to sell a house in five days,” Fadden suggested. “The thing is anybody who has an idea or a way to do something can e-publish. And it can be 20 pages; it doesn’t have to volumes.”

At the end of the evening, Fadden took questions on both publishing and The Brink and signed copies of the novel . He donated a portion of the sales from the night to the Friends of the Weatherford Public Library.

Fleeger said anyone who’s interested in the book club is welcome to attend. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb.15 and the topic is “Life on the Edge.” Readers should check out books on relationships, biography and social issues.

At the end of the series, a drawing will be held for those who’ve filled out the Reading Log with the Dewey number of the books they’ve read each month. Entries are due by May 31 and the drawing will be June 1.

For more information, call 817-598-4150.

Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, ext. 104

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