Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Jan 27, 2019 Other Paths to Publishing: How to Crowd-Fund Your Story

Date(s) - 01/27/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Ave - Berkeley, CA 94705

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
San Francisco North & East Bay Region
Alameda County


Other Paths to Publishing:
How to Crowd-Fund Your Story

Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2019
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Berkeley

Are you tired of rejection letters? Are you looking for other options to bring your novel to readers? Learn how Frances Lee Hall’s writing group published her middle grade novel posthumously.

Authors Ann Jacobus and Annemarie O’Brien spearheaded the effort to publish their friend and writing group partner, Frances Lee Hall’s debut children’s novel after she passed away suddenly in 2016.

Hall’s novel Lily Lo and the Wonton Maker was sold to Egmont but cancelled shortly when they closed operations in North America. It was finally released on November 27, 2018 by InkShares/Quill, an Oakland Publisher with a unique partial crowd-funding model. It is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Learn how InkShares and Hall’s writing group promoted, funded, edited, designed, and published this diverse middle-grade novel. Explore crowd-funded publishing as an option for your career. A representative from InkShares will also be on the panel to answer questions.

Light refreshments, mingling with peers, and book shopping included!


Frances Lee Hall was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University. She worked in television production as a writer and producer for KQED and earned three Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She attended Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Lily Lo and the Wonton Maker is a middle grade novel she wrote and sold to Egmont, USA shortly before they closed operations in North America. LILY LO was cancelled along with many other good stories.

Frances passed away suddenly in 2016 before her agent could find a new home for her manuscript. Her writing group, along with her family, many friends, and over 60 authors collaborated to bring LILY LO to young readers in honor of Frances.

Our panel will include a member of Frances Lee Hall’s writing group, author Ann Jacobus, and a representative of InkShares.



SCBWI Members: Online registration until 1/26, $10, At Door $15

Non-Members: Online registration until 1/26, $20, At Door $25


Contact the Alameda County Co-coordinators for more information:

Colleen Riordan ( & Annemarie O’Brien (

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