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Considered “a maven when it comes to counseling authors in the art of publishing and selling their books” 1 and “one of the most well-known writing gurus,” 2 Patricia Fry has been working with other freelance writers and authors for over two decades. She is a literary and manuscript consultant, an editor and a teacher. She can help you write a book with more publishing potential and she can guide you in preparing a more successful book proposal.

Patricia began writing for publication in 1973, when her three daughters were teenagers. While raising her girls, supporting them through their graduations, helping them plan their weddings and welcoming her grandchildren, she wrote only part-time. And she continued writing at every opportunity even after accepting a full-time job. In 1990, however, Patricia quit her job and began devoting all of her time to her writing career.

By then, Patricia had two books and hundreds of magazine articles to her credit. Since then, she has published over 40 additional books and hundreds more articles. Her articles have appeared in over 300 publications including Writer’s Digest, PMA Independent, Writer’s Journal, The World and I, Entrepreneur, Mature Outlook, Cat Fancy, The Toastmaster, Woman’s Own, Woman’s World, Reminisce, Catholic Digest, Executive Update, Quarter Horse Journal, Kiwanis Magazine, Your Health, Pages, The Artist’s Magazine, IBPA Independent, and many others.

Her published books represent an eclectic mix of subjects—from grandparenting and local history to youth mentoring and even how to present a Hawaiian luau. But her favorite topic remains publishing and book promotion. Her titles include:, Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author (Allworth Press, 2012), Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author (Allworth Press, 2011), Talk UP Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More (Allworth Press, 2012.) .

Patricia also presents writing/publishing seminars and workshops throughout the U.S. having been a workshop leader/speaker for the Much Ado About Books event in Jacksonville, Florida; the National Association of Women Writers Conference in Arlington, Texas; the Meet Me In St. Louis Book Festival and Arts and Crafts Fair in St. Louis, Missouri (two years in a row); the Central Coast Book Festival and Writers’ Conference; the Northwest Regional Writers Association Conference in Seattle; the Pen Women’s Conference in Honolulu; the Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Conference in Janesville, Wisconsin; the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference in that city; Spring Book Show in Atlanta; writer's conference in Baltimore; she was the lead speaker at the SPAN Marketing Conference in San Francisco and she was the keynote speaker for the Alaska Writer's Guild Writers Conference in Alaska in 2011.

Additionally, Patricia has been a guest speaker multiple times for SPAWN’s three chapter meetings; the Book Publicists of Southern California; the San Luis Obispo Night Writers; the Pen Women of Southern California; the West Coast Author Premiere; the first and second annual Ventura Book Festival and Writers’ Conference and several other venues throughout Southern California. She has also attended the PMA Affiliate Retreat four years in a row in Nashville, San Diego & Redondo Beach, California and Chicago.

The highlight of Patricia’s extensive annual speaking tours was an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai in 2006 where she spoke before 800 Toastmasters from throughout the Middle East at District 79's annual convention.

Recent Update on Patricia Fry's career:
In 2012, Patricia decided to add another dimension to her successful career. It was her birthday and she gave herself the gift of time and space to write her first book of fiction. Of course, she chose her favorite genre and her favorite subject—cozy (light) mysteries involving cats. She published her first Klepto Cat Mystery, Catnapped, in June of 2013 and has followed (and continues to follow) with new books in the series on an average of every two months. As of this update (January 2015), there are eight books in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. The ninth should be available by late February. To learn more about Patricia Fry's Klepto Cat Mysteries visit or Amazon.

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Matilija Press
147 North Encinal
Ojai, CA 93023

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*1 Norm Goldman, Book Pleasures

*2 Magdelena Ball, The Compulsive Reader

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