Richard Hugo House's InPrint Series presents "Online Publishing, Blogging, and Marketing for Writers," a panel discussion with writers, bloggers and editors who have made the Internet work for them, on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave in Seattle.
Panelists include bloggers-turned-novelists Rebecca Agiewich and Cherie Priest and writer/editors Eileen Gunn and Cat Rambo.
"As old-media publishing houses face increasing challenges in these uncertain economic times, writers must think outside of the box," said InPrint coordinator Leslie Howle. "Blogging, Twitter, podcasting and social networking sites are tools writers can use to build their reputations and readership at very little cost."
Panelists will discuss what has worked in their own experiences with blogging and online publishing and where to network on the Web with editors and agents. They will also address the pros and cons of publishing work on the Internet for free.
Rebecca Agiewich is the author of "BreakupBabe: A Novel" (Ballantine Books, 2006), a finalist for the 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize, a literary award devoted to "blooks." "BreakupBabe" was inspired by Agiewich's dating blog of the same name, which earned her a devoted audience and scared off many potential boyfriends. Agiewich is a firm believer that the interactive nature of blogging is a boon for aspiring writers.
Eileen Gunn is a Nebula-award winning science fiction writer. She was managing editor of the outdoor recreation Web site GORP and editor/publisher of the influential Infinite Matrix Web site. She has been creating, editing and managing presences on the Web since 1996.
Cherie Priest is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, most notably "Four and Twenty Blackbirds." She writes reviews for Publisher's Weekly and other venues. Priest's work was discovered on the Internet, where she maintains a Web site and blogs about her writing and life.
Cat Rambo is the co-editor of Fantasy Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Weird Tales and Strange Horizons, among others.
InPrint is a quarterly forum designed to connect writers to agents, editors, publishers and publishing industry experts through guest presentations and informal discussions. Presentations are open to the public and cover a range of topics, from finding grant money to accumulating a clip file to finding an agent or an editor.
Admission to the panel is $7/$5 for Richard Hugo House members. Details at www.hugohouse.org or by calling 206-322-7030.