Troupe offers self-publishing ‘Weekend on Whidbey’

Jun 27, 2012

Madrona Workshop Troupe, a newly-formed collaborative resource for writers who wish to become authors, will debut with a two-day self-publishing “Weekend on Whidbey,” Aug. 18 and 19 in Coupeville.

Tom Trimbath of Trimbath Creative, Molly Larson Cook, founder of Skylark Writing Studio, and Wynn Allen of WGA Consulting, three Whidbey authors with experience in all phases of self-publishing, announced their new collaboration this week.

The August weekend on Whidbey Island, “From Writer to Author: Getting the Words, the Process and the Marketing Right,” will cover the three critical phases of self- publishing with workshops led by each of the Madrona principals:

• How to prepare a high-quality manuscript;

• How to choose and work with a self-publisher; and

• How to develop and implement a successful marketing plan.

The workshops will be supplemented by discussions, activities, shared meals, and informal consultations to allow writers to interact with the Madrona team and with each other.

The Madrona self-publishing weekend is also available for writers’ groups or other organizations in other locations.

“Writers are frustrated by fragmented information about self-publishing.” says Trimbath, an author who has self-published nearly a dozen books. “They’re looking for help in navigating the process and marketing their books.

“Madrona Workshop Troupe was created to pull together in one place all the pieces that make a self-publishing project successful, no matter how large or small the project, and to make the product as esthetically pleasing and cost-effective for writers as possible.”

Allen, an author with years of experience in marketing and entertainment, says, “Over the past two years books published electronically out-sold books sold in bookstores.

“Traditional publishing is not dead, but writers who want to become authors have choices, and this is the way of publishing in the 21st century.

“However, for many writers, the toughest part of this new option is marketing. This is where the business side of writing and publishing kicks in, and it’s too often the most-neglected piece.”

Cook is a professional editor/writing coach and author of two self-published books. Her workshop will demystify the process of revising and polishing the manuscript for publication.

“The better your manuscript, the more likely you are to sell books. Reviewers, bookstore owners, and potential readers are impatient with poorly edited books.

“It’s up to the author to prepare the best possible manuscript for publication. The best writers know this. Remember, Ernest Hemingway rewrote the ending for ‘A Farewell to Arms’ 39 times.”

Madrona’s debut “Weekend on Whidbey” will be held at the Northwest School of Art in Coupeville on scenic Whidbey Island.

The weekend fee is $240 with a 20% percent discount for registration before Aug. 1.

Additional information is available at or by contacting any of the three principals: Tom Trimbath at, Molly Larson Cook at or Wynn Allen at

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