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Local Authors Publishing Panel

Have you been writing a book or novel that you want published, but don't know where to start? Not sure whether to get a literary agent, start sending manuscripts to presses, or try to self publish your book? Come learn all about the publishing process from our local experts in this 2-hour Q&A session and book signing event!

10-10:30: Author introductions and publishing journeys

10:30-11:30: Question & answer session from audience members

11:30-12: Book sales and author signings

Please email Erik at with any questions or requests for more information. You can find information on each of the participating authors and their websites below.

Authors' Bios

Regina Bartlett is an author, speaker, blogger, marketing director, and fitness pro originally from Charlestown, RI. Her first book Food, Sweat, and Fears chronicles her journey of losing 250 lbs and living her dream of running the NYC Marathon after 30 years of being super morbidly obese. She was a featured speaker at TEDxNewport and was nominated for the prestegious Athena in 2018. She currently shares her empty nest with her husband Jeff and two tiny puppies.

L.M. Browning is a TED Talker, journalist, and the award-winning author of twelve titles. Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Leslie currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher's Association, a graduate of the University of London, and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. In 2011, she founded Homebound Publications, one of the leading indie publishing houses in the country.

Rhode Island writers Leigh Brown and Victoria (Vikki) Corliss are friends who became co-authors in 2009. Soon after, they published their first novel, Second Chances, followed by The Pie Sisters in 2015, and The Pendulum's Truth just last year. Active speakers and book event participants, they are often asked: 1) Are they sisters, and 2) How do they write novels together?

Michael Darigan is author of backpocket e-pistles and most recently VAGABOND, a collection of linked short stories. Darigan is a graduate of Emerson College and has spent over twenty years practicing the art of transforming reality into literature that disorients, challenges, and stimulates readers to suck the marrow from life.

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