CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anyone who's ever dreamed of becoming a published author -- but wondered how exactly to go about it -- is invited to the Putnam County Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26, where well-known West Virginia author and publisher Cat Pleska will present "Shhh! The Secret of Writing and Publishing Books.""I imagine this will perk up the ears of writers who wonder, 'Well, is publishing possible for me?' because there's so much out there and you just don't know which path to take, and there are some avenues you can take to ensure that you're putting out a really good product that people will appreciate," Pleska said during a phone interview last week.Pleska is the president of the nonprofit Mountain State Press. She teaches writing and literature at West Virginia State University and recently edited "Fed From the Blade," a collection of stories and poems written by West Virginia writers which was nominated for the 2013 Appalachian Book of the Year Awards.
The presentation will explain how manuscripts are written and published today, and will also take a look at behind-the-scenes stories of authors and publishers that showcase how it all happens."I'm an overnight success, and it took 40 years," Pleska joked, adding, "I've learned a little bit about the realities of publishing now. It's changed a great deal just in the last 10 years but it's also opened things up in a very democratic way, so lots of people have options for publishing."The Putnam County Library is at 4219 W.Va. Route 34, Hurricane. Books will be available for sale, and refreshments will be served.Reach Maria Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5115.