The new world of independent publishing presents both challenges and opportunities for authors today, and the ins-and-outs of this new world of publishing will be explored at the 4th Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat, May 20-21, 2016, in Middleburg, Va.

 New York editor Paul Dinas will cover all aspects of independent publishing, in which writers develop, print and market their work outside the bounds of traditional, mainstream publishing. There have been many success stories in recent years of authors who publish independently and end up on bestseller lists.

 Paul Dinas worked for large publishing houses for three decades before striking out on his own. He has helped many writers find their own paths to success in the brave new world of independent publishing. He is now a freelance editor who says that the “best part of being an editor has always been the relationships I’ve shared with authors. I feel fortunate to have been able to share in their creative vision as an editorial partner. After nearly three decades, I still feel inspired by their dedication and am happy to help them achieve their goals in any way I can.”

 The topics that will be covered at the Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat include: Pros and Cons of Self-Published vs. Independent vs. Traditional, How Do You Begin the Process?, Planning and Organizing Your Work, Evaluating Your First Draft, Getting Informal Feedback on Your Manuscript, Seeking Professional Guidance, Where to Find Publishing Professionals, Some of the Costs Associated with Professional Guidance, and Setting a Timeline for Self-Publication.

 The writers’ retreat will be held in Middleburg, Va. at the Parish House, 105 E. Washington Street. It will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20, with an introduction of Paul Dinas, who will jump right into his presentation. There will be ample opportunities for questions at any point along the way, and Paul hopes to spend one-on-one time with each participant. At 5:00 p.m., participants will gather for a wine-and-cheese welcome reception.

 Saturday, May 21, the retreat will begin at 9 a.m. following morning refreshments. Paul’s presentation will continue, and plans are underway to include other presenters who will offer insights into independent publishing. Refreshments will be served in the morning and mid-afternoon, as well as a full lunch.

 The cost to attend the Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat is $350. Registration fees include all Friday and Saturday seminars, the Friday evening reception and lunch on Saturday. To register, visit Contact Jan Neuharth at or Genie Ford at for additional information.

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