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Wanda Shapiro returns home with new novel

NORTH CREEK - Wanda Shapiro has gone indie with her original work - not in the music industry, but as a writer. The Johnsburg Central School graduate will soon return to her roots and present two readings in North Creek.

The Los Angeles writer will read excerpts from her independently-published debut novel "Sometimes that Happens with Chicken." Readings will be at the Town of Johnsburg Library 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, and at Common Roots 6 p.m. Friday, July 23.

In addition to these two events in her hometown, Shapiro is finalizing an event in New York City and has also announced an event in Woodstock.

Many reviews have referred to Shaprio as a one-woman Random House because her indie business model is getting nearly as much attention as her novel itself. When she finished writing Sometimes that Happens wwith Chicken, Shapiro came to the conclusion she didn't need the publishing industry to sell books.

"All I need are readers, and readers are rallying around the novel as well as my indie approach to publishing," said Shapiro. "People did in the music industry and people did it in the film industry. I saw no reason why I couldn't do it with writing."

Shapiro has launched an on-line platform at www.onegirlonenovel.com, where she chronicles her experiences in blog form as well as markets her first book.

"It's an experiment," said Shaprio. "I chose the do-it-yourself path, cut out all the middlemen and started my own publishing company."

She is leveraging available technology and hopes to prove small really is the new big by bringing a new level of quality and professionalism to self-publishing.

"With a quality manuscript, a lot of hard work, and the technology available today - authors of literary fiction can also break free from the industry that binds them," said Shapiro.

All are welcome to attend Shapiro's North Creek readings. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, visit www.onegirlonenovel.com.

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