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Arts & Entertainment - February 5, 2021

Future of book publishing

Tri-Valley Writers speaker to explore impact of pandemic

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Laurie McLean, founding partner of Fuse Literary, will speak on "Publishing: 2021 and Beyond, What Book Publishing Will Look Like in the New Normal," at the Tri-Valley Writers Zoom meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 20.

"Change is the one constant in publishing," McLean said.

McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multimillion-dollar marketing agency and eight years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013 with her business partner Gordon Warnock.

In her presentation, McLean will look at the change forced on the industry by the pandemic, exploring the impact of editors and publishing pros working from home; how the shift to online buying will continue to affect books; and whether readers will stick to their preference for nonfiction.

She has also noted that short works and poetry are on the rise, and will address whether authors should learn how to make an audiobook.

The meeting is hosted by the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club and is open to all who reserve a place and pay the fee by Feb. 18. To make a reservation, email [email protected] Cost for members is $5; nonmembers, $7; students 14-22, $3.

For more information about the CWC Tri-Valley Branch, visit www.trivalleywriters.org.

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