Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Business of Writing: An Introduction (workshop description) #ASMSG #MFRWOrg

Der Gemeindeschreiber ("The Community Writer")
by Gemälde von Albert Anker, 1874.
Public domain (Wikimedia Commons).
Confession time! 

On 06/02/2015, I introduced The Business of Writing weekly feature on The Maze. Why?

To help fellow writers surfing the blogisphere, of course, but also as a means of collecting my thoughts because I had volunteered to present a workshop for folks wishing to dip their literary toes into the Indie Publishing pool.

This coming weekend—either Friday evening or (more likely) sometime Saturday; program details have not yet been released—I will be test-driving my Business of Writing workshop at Rising Star 2015 in Bluefield, WV.

Even more exciting is the prospect of presenting it again at Chessiecon 2015 (Baltimore, MD) at 4:15 p.m. on "Black Friday"—yep, the day after Thanksgiving! If all goes well, I may even be presenting it in 2016 at Marscon, Farpoint, and other events too.

Fans who have seen me on con panels know that my greatest strength as a public speaker is extemporizing. Even when called upon to deliver a lecture, I tend to jot down a list of topics and then speak as the spirit moves me.

Workshops (and this weekend's will be my first foray as a workshop presenter) I know operate a bit differently. Attendees tend to expect a formal presentation and handouts, at the very least, and perhaps more opportunities for interaction than a standard lecture affords. So, yes, my workshop will have a "formal" framework (and handouts!) covering the following topics:
  • To Incorporate or Not Incorporate, that is the question.
  • ISBNs – what, why, and how many???
  • Imprints Demystified
  • Book Production: DIY vs. Professional Providers for editing, layout, cover design
  • The Main Event: Createspace vs. IngramSpark
Where I plan to differ from "standard" workshop presentation style is to display this list of topics and then ask the audience which topic they would like to see first, second, and so on, being prepared to jump back and forth in my presentation slides. Since I'm only allotted an hour for this workshop at each con, I'm hoping this will allow folks to come away with the most bang for their instructional buck.

I'll let you know how it goes... and better yet, I hope to see you there! :)

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