creative destiny with a hands-on publishing workshop ...
Johnson -- a digital trailblazer -- leads this weekend workshop
highlighting basic computer programs and techniques readily available
to help you publish your
poetry, dissertation, cookbook. Photo collections, enhanced with
your text, can be published, as well.
use the computer applications you already have to prepare and publish your manuscripts.
how free, on-line web applications can guide you though
the formatting of your
work so it
will look good in print.
how those formatted pages, created with easily available word
processing templates and including graphics, can be saved and uploaded
to web-based, print-on-demand companies.
pages become chapters that easily become hardcover or paperback books
-- or an e-book -- available directly from your author-publisher's
and also listed on Amazon. You
the prices and the author's
royalty, which is considerably more than traditional publishing house
- You will
workshop with rich introduction to the vocabulary and tools of
Print-on-Demand publishing, a familiarity with using those tools, a
detailed checklist of the self-publishing process and direct references
to software and vendors to take your publishing
skills to the next level.
Learn how to project the statistical probability that your
title will be a best-seller on The
New York Times list. (Well, no
guarantees, but it's fun.)
for rank beginners: This
is a fast-moving workshop, covering a semester's worth of instruction
in a day, so we must request a certain level of
skills. We assume you are comfortable connecting to a
wireless network, with using a word process program and knowing how to
set margins, select fonts, have used headers and footers, inserted and
formatted page numbers and, ideally, have inserted some graphic images
into your document. You should know something about
downloading and installing computer programs from the internet and be
familiar with uploading and downloading files. We
hope you know how to save a file in different formats, especially PDF.
We expect that you will arrive quite comfortable and facile with the
following computer and file management skills:
- You can quickly view
the hierarchy or "tree" diagram of
your hard drive and its folders and sub-folders.
- You can move quickly
from one drive to another, including a
flash (or USB) drive
- You can quickly create
folders and sub-folders
- You can save files in
- You can rename files
and, if necessary, place them in
Workshop attendees are asked to bring the following:
- A 3-4 page example of
a manuscript that includes
- A chapter title
- One or two
sub-headings within the chapter
- One or two images
inserted in the text
- If you can bring a
laptop with WiFi capability,
that's great. If not, don't worry because we often will
be asking you to work in two-person teams anyway.
-- April 29, 2011:
now for the one-day "Be
Your Own Publisher"
workshop in the California
- Friday, April
tuition for registration, including continental
breakfast, lunch and
$125 tuition after
15 participants --
- CANCELED -- Oregon -
2011: Register now for the one-day workshop on the Oregon Coast.
- Friday, May 6, 2011
Church UCC, 1760 NW 25th St., Lincoln City, OR
- $150 for early
registration; $175 after April 21
- Limited to 15
Tom Johnson's 35-year
career in journalism has taken him
from the classroom to the newsroom and back. He began using computers
to tease meaning out of data while a Ph.D.
candidate in the early '70s and studying the impact of technology on
urban spaces. By the early '80s he was writing
about dedicated word processing systems (think $13,000 in 1978 dollars)
and covering the early stages of
personal computing in Silicon Valley for TIME and Popular Science.
He worked for Time
Magazine in El
Salvador in the
mid-'80s, was the start-up editor of MacWeek,
a deputy editor of the St.
His areas of interest are analytic
journalism, dynamic simulation models of publishing systems,
complexity theory, the application of Geographic Information Systems in
journalism and the impact of the digital revolution on
journalism and journalism education. He is the founder and
co-director of the Institute
for Analytic Journalism,
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
coordinator Antoinette May's
second novel, The
Sacred Well, published by
HarperCollins in April 2009 is already garnering critical acclaim.
Antoinette turned to fiction with Pilate's Wife,
a tale of the Roman
Empire. The novel, published in November 2006 by William
Morrow, has been
translated into 18 languages.Antoinette's non-fiction includes the New
York Times best seller, Adventures
of a Psychic, a biography of
psychic Sylvia Browne.
Antoinette was the 1997 recipient of La Pluma
de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best
travel article on their country.