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Friday, June 21, 2019

Get Published Panel at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library hit it out of the park again with a great program for writers, and I don't just say this because I was invited to be a member of the presentation panel. I did enjoy getting the opportunity to talk about about Meadowlark Books, but I also really enjoyed hearing the stories and learning from the other panelists. If I had been in the audience, I would have been taking notes like crazy.

The event highlighted for me, once again, the variety of publishing options that are available for an author today. I brought home a few new ideas for marketing that I look forward to adding to the arsenals of Meadowlark authors.

Here is a brief introduction to each of my fellow panelists:

Theresa Hupp is an independent author who has published three historical novels and an essay/poem collection. Her description of teaching herself to write novels was inspirational.

Jennifer Brown is a traditionally published author, most recently on my radar as a 2017 winner of the William Allen White Book Award. Though she is probably best known for her young adult novels, Jennifer also writes women's fiction under the name Jennifer Scott.

Jennifer Haskin is a former literary agent and author. She had a lot of good information about the publishing industry, in general.

It was a fantastic, two-hour event that honestly could have gone at least an hour longer. I have enjoyed exploring the websites and social media pages of my fellow panelists. I look forward to seeing where their writing journeys take them.

Many thanks to Chris Blocker and Miranda Ericsson for the fantastic programming they provide for Kansas authors.
Tracy Million Simmons, Theresa Hupp, Jennifer Brown, and Jennifer Haskin made up the four-person panel for the Get Published event at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library on June 18, 2019


  1. Sounds very informative and inspiring! Getting an agent, or former book agent, was a real catch to add to the perspective.

  2. It was a great event, well-organized by the library. Thanks, Tracy, for being a part of it.