Traditional & Self-Publishing Square-Off in Publishing Smackdown

Join New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory and indie novelist Lorena Bathey for a publishing smackdown. Get the scoop on traditional vs. self-publishing from two authors who have been best friends since second grade but have traveled different paths in publishing.

You’ll get insider information and strategic advice from two pros with different views about publishing.

Topics include:

  • Writing queries & proposals
  • Editing
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Agents
  • Cover Design
  • Social Media and Platforms


Susy Flory grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California. She has a background in journalism, education, and communications and earned degrees in English and psychology from UCLA. She taught high school English and journalism before embarking on a full-time writing career in 2004.

Susy’s books include Fear Not Da Vinci, So Long Status Quo, Dog Tales, Heaven Hears, and The Unbreakable Boy. Her runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero co-written with Michael Hingson, hit the New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog held the #1 NYT ranking for nonfiction e-books the week of September 11, 2011 and captured worldwide media attention. To date, Thunder Dog has sold over 140,000 copies.

Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English.

She started writing her first book, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother when her world fell apart and she needed to process changes in her life. Lorena found characters Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice were visiting her and wouldn’t leave and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life.

After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.

Today Lorena has written several novels, Beatrice Munson, House on Plunkett Street, The X, Coaster, and Meeting Ms. Monroe. She is beginning research on two historical novels.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 9am-11:30am

First Covenant Church,  Chapel

10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Register now!

The Publishing Smackdown is free for all Inspire Christian Writers members. Non-members pay $15.00 at the door.