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Belmar Arts Center Offering Three-Session Book Publishing Class in July

Beginning on July 12, Belmar Arts Center will host a three-week class, "Introduction to Book Publishing," offered by longtime author Loren Spiotta-DiMare.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center will host this summer a three-week class," Introduction to Book Publishing," offered by longtime author Loren Spiotta-DiMare.

During the class, to be held on Wednesday, July 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, Loren Spiotta-DiMare will highlight the world of traditional publishing, as well as self-publishing. Students will learn how to capture the attention of an editor with a proposal, outline and sample chapter.  As an alternative, they will also learn the steps required to produce and publicize their own books.

Topics include: writing, editing, illustration, design, printing and marketing. Children's book publishing will also be discussed.  Each student will receive personal attention and homework assignments.

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Although the Spiotta-DiMare resides in Hunterdon County, she has summered in Avon-by-the-Sea throughout her life. Her parents' home has been in the family for four generations. "I love the Jersey shore," she said, "So many fond memories."

Spiotta-DiMare has been involved in the publishing industry for 40 years. She specializes in writing animal books for adults and children. Her first pet reference book, Macaws, was published by TFH Publications in Neptune in 1979. She has written two other books for TFH: Siamese Cats and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Although the author-instructor writes about animals, the class is open to those interested in all genres. "I'm pleased to say my mother, who is in her 80s, self-published her first book in recent years. She was tired of all the negative publicity New Jersey often receives and produced 'My Life in Fabulous New Jersey: People and Places.' The photo-illustrated memoir highlights some of the wonderfully talented people and beautiful places from the shore to the countryside we have here in the state."          

While the author continues to write for traditional publishers, she also has her own small press, J. Pace Publications. The company is named after her maternal grandfather, Joseph Pace who purchased the Avon family home in the 1940s, and her mother, Jeanne Pace Spiotta. Her independent titles include:   "Beyond The Finish Line: Stories of Ex-Racehorses," "Madeline's Miracle,"  "Because of Bentley," "Hannah's House Rabbit" and "Daniel: Dog Camp Champ!"

Published both nationally and internationally, Spiotta-DiMare's work has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States, The Doris Day Animal Foundation, The Dog Writers Association of America, USA Book News and New Jersey Press Women.     

The fee for the three-week publishing course is $100 for Belmar Arts Council  members and $125 for nonmembers. Registration can be made online at To contact the instructor, email

Located  at 608 River Road, the Belmar Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Belmar a better place to live through the arts and is supported by membership, donors and grants.

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