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July 2014 Third Thursday Panel

7/17/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our next program will be on...

"The Independents:
The Changing World of Self Publishing"

Thursday, July 17, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


As an industry, self-publishing has been changing by leaps and bounds in recent years, with new formats, new ways of marketing oneself, and new opportunities to get your stories into readers' hands.

What are the advantages and unique challenges with self publishing?  How can a writer decide if it is the right publishing path for his/her project?  How can authors best position themselves -- and what should they watch out for?

Join us, Thursday, July 17, at 7 pm, when our distinguished panelists will be:


Sam Bond

Sam Bond was born in London, grew up in a rural village near North Wales and, after living up and down the Eastern Sea Board, has settled in Austin, Texas with her two daughters.

Sam has four great loves (other than her children) classical music, photography, travel and, of course, writing. In her early 20’s Sam backpacked first around Europe and then around as much of the rest of the world as she could find. When it came time to pick a subject to write about, it seemed a natural progression to set the Cousins In Action adventure series in various countries around the globe.

Operation Golden Llama is her first book.


Britney King

Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn’t driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. 

In addition, Britney founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to almost 1000 members. She enjoys serving and running the Austin Women’s Network. But to further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. She is now the author of three novels, Bedrock, Breaking Bedrock, and Somewhere With You, with plans to release her fourth and fifth in 2014. 

In her free time, you might find Britney running, reading, or utilizing the wonderful venues that make her city great.


James S. Parker

James S. Parker grew up in Bellevue, Kentucky, the son of 2 lower middle class hard-working people. He was a voracious reader and made up his own stories. At Eastern Kentucky University, James earned his two Bachelors degrees in communications and sociology, then continued on with his graduate work in criminology.

After a successful 16-year run in the business world, he began outlining and writing his first novel, The Dark Side of the Cross, which was eventually published in 2007 by Tate Publishing. His second novel, The Dark Legacy, came out in the spring of 2013. Jim’s background in the field of Criminology has come alive in his writing, giving authenticity to his storyline and his characters.

Jim lives in Austin, Texas with wife Margaret, and daughter Mara.


Deanna Roy

Deanna Roy is the owner of Casey Shay Press and the author of 28 titles under five pen names. After selling modestly for several years, Deanna decided in late 2013 to focus solely on her writing career. Since then, she has hit the USA Today bestseller list three times under two pen names, and has sold 150,000 copies of her books and serials.

She’s also been a waitress, a free-sample girl, backstage security for a concert venue (please don’t ask about the time she threw R.E.M. off the elevator and made them late to their own concert) , a high school teacher, an editor for a publishing company, and while she now focuses on her books, she still sometimes works as a professional photographer, which she did for fifteen years prior to her breakout novel.

Deanna lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Kurt, and two daughters.



Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.