Publishing panel at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library

Dan and I got home from New York last night at straight-up midnight. I can’t express what an awesome time we had…thank you Amazon!

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen building on West 44th St in Manhattan

On Tuesday (May 24), I had the privilege of participating, with writer/editor Amy Rogers, in a publishing panel – Let’s Talk Literature in a Precarious Publishing Environment – that was held at the beautiful General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library in Manhattan, moderated by Carol Hoenig. It was part of a guest lecture series being sponsored by the GSMT and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Amy talked about her experience in starting up Novello Festival Press, and I spoke about my journey from self-publishing to publishing with AmazonEncore. The attendees included writers, publishers, photographers, book lovers, art lovers. They were a genuinely nice group of people who asked LOTS of questions – a couple of the questions were tough, which we loved.

Amy Rogers, myself, Carol Hoenig

Afterward, there was a lovely reception, and we had the opportunity to talk to people one-on-one.

And did I mention what a beautiful building this is? I should have said gorgeous. And, like Amy aptly said, it smells like history! (Click photos to enlarge.)


It was such an amazing evening! I got to talk about writing and publishing and books – the stuff I love more than pretty much anything in the world – and to meet some truly fun and interesting people. A hearty thanks to Carol and to the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen! And don’t forget to support your local library.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

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