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The Business of Writing: Understanding Admin as a Self Published Author

Saturday, May 11, 2024

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Business of Writing: Understanding Admin as a Self Published Author is a virtual Writing Roundtable where four self published authors will share how they manage the business side of their author lives. We’ll be discussing topics like publishing costs, marketing, and tax preparation.

We’ve chosen authors with a wide range of experience for this panel, ranging from full-time author Lindsay Buroker, who has published over 100 books, to Michael Roberti, whose second book comes out this year. These authors have been selected to show what admin looks like at different stages of a self-published author’s career. You’ll find full bios for our authors below, but first, let’s talk about how this event will be structured:

This event is hosted by the Weeknight Writers Group, a social enterprise dedicated to providing affordable and accessible support for authors. The first hour and a half will be devoted to questions from our Sustaining Members and the panel moderators. If you want to make sure your question is prioritized, you can sign up for a Sustaining Membership - it starts at just $1.50/month (and at higher tiers you can get free entry to ALL our Writing Roundtables!)

In the last half hour of this panel, we’ll answer live audience questions! We’ll get through as many as we can, but there’s a lot to discuss on this topic & business-related panels are always super busy, so we can’t promise we’ll answer every live question.

There will be live captions at the event thanks to our partnership with Renaissance Press, a Canadian publisher dedicated to uplifting diverse voices.

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Meet our panelists

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C. M. Lockhart writes stories about Black girls who aren’t all that nice. Her debut novel, We Are the Origin, was released in June 2022 and its sequel, We Are Dying Gods, was released August 2023. She is the founder of Written in Melanin LLC, which encompasses a podcast and YouTube channel of the same name, and the Melanin Library, an online database of books written by Black authors. More information can be found on her website,

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Fantasy and science-fiction author Lindsay Buroker has early memories of convincing childhood friends, pets, and stuffed animals to play the roles of characters in her worlds, so it’s safe to say she’s been making up stories for a long time. 

She self-published her first novel, The Emperor’s Edge, in December of 2010 and has written and published more than 100 novels since then, most under her own name, but a few steamier ones under a pen name. By mid-2012, she was doing well enough to quit the day job and become a full-time author. She hasn’t looked back.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Tamsin Ley, writes steamy sci-fi with a pinch of pixie dust, creating intricate worlds where soulmates are real and love will always find a way. Her journey in the world of romance literature began in 2006 when she independently published her first novel under the pseudonym Tam Linsey in 2012. 

Since then, she has learned that succeeding as an Indie author requires more than simply writing good books. In 2017 she rebranded and adopted her current pen name, turning her writing talent into a flourishing business. Her publications include ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, serialized reader apps, and foreign translations.

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Michael Roberti is an author, educator, and former punk rocker. He writes books set in the world of Aithe—a world where writing disappears when the author dies.

Roberti’s first book, The Traitors We Are, came out in 2022. The sequel, A Grave for Us All, is set to release in spring 2024.

Meet our moderators

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Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other things. Her first fantasy horror novel, Moonshadow's Guardian, was published in 2018 and her short stories have since appeared in the Nothing Without Us, Too and Broken Olive Branches anthologies.

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Jade Benjamin is a Canadian writer and editor who is fiercely in love with language, words, and magical worlds. She works as a freelance editor, fitting work for independent author clients around her 9-5 expenses-paying job. She also works on the acquisitions team for Renaissance Press.


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