Patricia Fry


Noon-1pm: Keynote during Luncheon – “The ABCs of Self-Publishing” (Tickets: $20)

Self-publishing (or hiring a pay-to-publish company) is all the rage for authors these days. It’s easy. It’s a guarantee that you’ll be published. But is it a smart and safe decision? Patricia Fry, the Executive Director of Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN), talks frankly about the pay-to-publish phenomenon (what works, what doesn’t and how not to get burned!) and offers insights and tips for successfully navigating your way through the world of self-publishing.

2pm: “Writing Winning Fiction and Nonfiction Book Proposals – The Psychology of the Book Proposal”

In the dark or overwhelmed by the task of writing a book proposal? Is there a psychology, or method, about what to list first, how to word it so your proposal stands out, or what to list in each section? The answer is YES! 

Patricia Fry,the Executive Director of Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN), will help you understand a book proposal from the agent’s/publisher’s point of view. Learn about the first thing the agent or publisher wants to know about your book project – and how not to leave it out! – and the three key things that will hook an agent or publisher. Also learn about why should you write a book proposal even if you plan to self-publish.

WHAT: 1-Day Writers Conference: Morning Tea + Afternoon Lectures, Panelists and Sessions

{Schedule of the 2nd Annual Ojai Writers Conference}

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COST: $149


BIO: Patricia Fry began writing for publication in 1973 from her home in Ojai. She has contributed hundreds of articles to around 300 different magazines and she has 35 books to her credit, including Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author and Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author (Allworth Press, 2011 and 2012). Patricia is the Executive Director of SPAWN, Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network. While continuing on her own writing and teaching path, she also works with other authors on their projects.,