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Spartanburg is home to a vibrant literary society.

To date, its Hub City Writers Project has published more than 66 books from more than 500 writers. One of the fun and free events hosted by the project is The Writing Show. Each month from January through May, writers of all skill level are invited to a question-and-answer session with professional writers, editors and agents.

February’s topic, successful self-publishing, explores ways to market books.

“Anyone can go to Amazon CreateSpace and publish, but unless you want to be selling only to friends and family, the hard work happens after the book is published,” said Anne Waters, the event moderator.

The panel of experts include Mary Ann Claud, a local, self-published author.

“She has done an extraordinary job of promoting her work,” Waters said. “A lot of people don’t realize the challenges in self-publishing. Claud has firsthand experience.”

Greenville hybrid publisher Jill Hendrix and publishing coach Shari Stauch will round out the panel.

Mark your calendar for The Writing Show, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Barrett Room at the Spartanburg County Public Library downtown.

Waters recommends arriving at least 20 minutes prior to the event for seating. Future topics include publishing children’s books (March 10), writing mysteries (April 14) and writing in color (May 19).

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