The week's events
- GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE: FROM MANUSCRIPT TO BOOK
GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE: FROM MANUSCRIPT TO BOOK
The chances of being traditionally published today are slimmer than ever. With e-book sales soaring and publishers consolidating, traditionally published books are a small minority of the 4,000 books published every day. For the vast majority of aspiring writers who want to see their works in print or in an e-book, independent publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing have become the only options. But fear keeps many new writers from approaching the steep learning curve of indie publishing and self-marketing, and many of them don't know where to start. This series of workshops will demystify the steps to indie publishing, helping fence-sitters get off the rail and into print. The five "Getting from Here to There" workshops will cover:
Session 1: Choosing your publishing path - The main considerations in choosing your publishing route. We discuss the various options from DIY to Create Space and Ingram Spark to hybrid publishers; what determines which path is best for you and what resources you need.
Session 2: Getting your book ready - Preparing your manuscript and cover. We discuss writing second, third and fourth drafts, the four types of editing, beta readers, front and back of book materials, formatting and cover design.
Session 3: Time to GO! - Publishing, printing, and distributing. We discuss metadata, copyrights, the importance of proofs, writing marketing copy and its uses, pricing, publishing e-books and audio books, printing and distribution.
Session 4: Marketing essentials - The social media musts. The three essentials in marketing your book are author websites, Author Central, and an author Facebook page. We look at website options and set up a Facebook page.
Session 5: Other marketing options - Going beyond the basics. We discuss advertising, consultants, reviews, personal appearances, book give-aways, bloggers, contests and distribution options.
Dates: Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Rancho Mirage Public Library conference room, 71-100 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage
- CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MAE WAGNER IN REDLANDS
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MAE WAGNER IN REDLANDS
This workshop is currently full. Check back after the new year for workshop availability.
- 6TH ANNUAL BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR
6TH ANNUAL BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR
On Saturday, November 18, do some holiday shopping while supporting the Inlandia Institute from 11 am - 5 pm at the Riverside Tyler Galleria Barnes & Noble.
Mention Inlandia’s code (12260501) and a minimum of 10% of the proceeds from each sale will be donated back to Inlandia to help fund regional literary and cultural programs and the publication of regionally-focused books. Bring this code with you. It will not be available in the store.
Or, if you prefer to shop online or can’t make it on the 18th, shop online or in store — any store, nationwide — through November 22nd using our code. For more information about using the code online, visit https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bookfairs.
Readings, discussions and book signings will take place throughout the day. Join us for an hour or for the whole day, or just stop by. Regional authors who are scheduled to appear:
11 - 11:40 am Jose Chavez (bilingual children’s poetry)
11:45–12:15 pm Isabel Quintero (bilingual children’s; young adult and graphic novels)
12:20 - 1 pm Lauren Henley (poetry)
1:10 - 1:50 pm Larry Burns (nonfiction)
2 - 2:40 pm Why Nots (memoir)
2:50 - 3:30 pm Rachelle Cruz (poetry)
3:30—5:00 pm CWW anthology launch open mic (all genres)
Copies of Inlandia Imprint titles will also be available for purchase, as well as books by the authors present. Browse Barnes & Noble’s extensive selection of books, movies, and gift items throughout the day, all while lending your support to this regional literary organization.
More about the Authors:
After 35 years as a bilingual teacher, Jose Chavez has retired in order to write. He belongs to the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, California Association of Bilingual Educators, Inland Scribes, and Inlandia Bilingual Workshop. He has had poetry published in the Multilingual Educator Journal and is excited about publication of my award-winning bilingual children's book: Estrellitas y Nopales-Little Stars and Cactus.
Isabel Quintero’s acclaimed debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, was one of School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, and won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award prize for a debut young-adult novel and the Tomás Rivera Book Award, Works for Older Children. Her second book, Ugly Cat & Pablo (Scholastic), was published in April 2017, to much praise. She recently completed her latest young adult graphic novel, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, in collaboration with artist Zeke Peña. Quintero teaches at San Bernardino Valley College and Mt. San Jacinto College and works as a freelance writer for the Arts Connection of San Bernardino.
L.I. Henley won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize for Starshine Road, her second full-length collection. She received The Academy of American Poets University Award, The Duckabush Prize in Poetry, and two prizes from The Poet’s Billow. Starshine Road was a finalist or semi-finalist in several competitions. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Waxwing, Rust + Moth, DIAGRAM, Rhino, and many other way-cool journals. With her husband, poet Jonathan Maule, she runs the online literary magazine, Aperçus, and the Visiting Writers Series at The Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree.
Larry Burns is a writer, artist, and teacher who draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside CA. He enjoys writing that employs simple themes and language, allowing the reader to participate by establishing for themselves what the writing means. Living and creating from this part of the world has its pros and cons - “As a lifelong resident of the Inland Empire, sometimes my lungs seize from the diesel fumes and my eyes tell me there are no mountains to the north. But beneath the dirt lies treasure. And that treasure is mine - mine all mine!”
In the 1970s, The Why Nots were eight women ranging in age from 30 to 45, hailing from Ireland, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and California, with husbands at work and children in school. Two of us--Rachel and Marge--were born in Riverside. Others moved here with our husbands for jobs at UCR, RCC, and March Air Force Base. With varied musical skills and backgrounds, each of them decided to take guitar lessons from Keith Chalmers, a masterful teacher who lived in Riverside. Some had known each other from our churches, clubs, or our children's schools, but it was in those sessions with Keith that they came together as the Why Nots. They have been singing together for more than 45 years.
Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize (Inlandia, 2017), Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and co-editor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.
For more information, contact the Inlandia Institute at 951 790 2458 or email Cati.Porter@InlandiaInstitute.org.