Mystery novelist to offer publishing tips

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Adam Hoss

Local author Adam Hoss, English professor at Terra State Community College, will speak at the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library about the craft of writing and how traditional, self, and hybrid publishing are different.

If the first step to publishing a novel is getting ideas down on paper, how does a writer eventually get those ideas into print? The Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library will welcome local author Adam Hoss to explore the topic during “A Writer’s Life Q&A: So, You Want to Publish a Book?” to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

“Writing is a career like any other,” said Hoss. “Some people start their own businesses, while others opt for a more traditional route. The common denominator is that both paths require hard work and dedication.”

Hoss, an English professor at Terra State Community College, will discuss the writing process and highlight the differences between traditional, self, and hybrid publishing. Both of Hoss’ mystery novels, “Infinity Point” (2017) and “One Hundred Below” (2019), were hybrids published through Black Rose Writing and are currently available for download through Amazon. Copies will be available to purchase after the event.

During his library presentation, the mystery writer will also offer marketing and craft tips.

“It really all starts with craft,” Hoss said. “None of this matters unless you’re starting with a product of high literary quality.”

Hoss’ humor writing has appeared on Cracked.com, and his short fiction has been published in the Noctua Review, Workers Write!, Crack the Spine, and other publications. For more information, visit AdamHoss.com.

A Writer’s Life Q&A features monthly writing topics and is open to anyone from the Lakeside/Marblehead area and surrounding communities. The informal discussion group welcomes writers of all skill levels, high school age and up, and is facilitated by published essayist and former Pittsburgh news reporter Brenda Haas. December’s Q&A—Novel Ideas on Editing a First Draft—will take place Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Future presentations will include Getting to Know Your Characters, All About Self-Publishing, and Writing the Histories of the Community (dates to be announced).

The Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library also holds the Writers Wanted Critique Group, a participatory peer group designed for writers interested in giving and receiving critique on existing works-in-progress. Upcoming dates: Nov. 19 and Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. For critique guidelines, visit PowerOfPages.com.

For additional details, contact the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library, 710 W. Main St., Marblehead, 419-798-0477, Idarupp.org/Marblehead.

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