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Since self-financed independent film and music became hip, self-publishing is no longer only for the “vanity press” hack who “had to pay someone to get published.” E. Lynn Harris (Invisible Life, Just as I Am) and others found paying publishers after originally printing their books themselves. The Do the Write Thing seminar offers instructions for following their example. Who knows? Sell enough of your samizdat from the trunk of your car, and maybe even Doubleday and Oprah will take notice. Angela Boykin, Kwame Alexander, and Irwin Alexis of BlackWords Inc. conduct workshops on marketing through the Internet, production, book design and layout, distribution, and—if you insist on doing things the old-school way—finding a publisher. The event includes a book fair featuring local writers; ask how they did it. From 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Howard University’s Blackburn Center, 2400 6th St. NW. $35. (703) 912-1755. (Dawn L. Hannaham)