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February 24, 2010

YourBookBiz: Conversations With Your Editor

Entering into an agreement with a professional editor for your manuscript is a giant step forward in your Cover imageprocess to produce a high quality book. The editor agrees to read the work attentively to rules and punctuation, spot typos and usage errors, target trouble spots and awkward sentences. A verbal debriefing on other larger issues is usually in order. The editor is not a miracle worker who will cure all the ills of your manuscript. Only you can do that kind of resurrectional surgery. The author agrees to measure gains from the relationship with a more error free text and swears to not be defensive if some of his cherished wordings are labeled troublesome.

Gatsby’s Last Resort: A Telluride Murder Mystery is now in the hands of a local editor for a workover and I wanted to share what I feel was a very typical first correspondence between us, as the editor assessed the scope of the work ahead:

Bob, I have looked over the manuscript. Actually, I read Chapter One carefully and flipped through the rest of the book. I found the beginning intriguing and want to keep reading.

Based on my academic training, this is what I notice with regard to language.

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February 14, 2010

YourBookBiz -- Building Your Web Site

Website conversion Strategies cover

Your book's presence on the Internet is essential. The world is changing at an embarrassing rate. How we get and use information is driving the bus. The web can produce richer content, better targeted, up to date data, totally interactive, with faster access than the local brick and mortar book store. The fact the information tool fits easily in the palm of your hand is the final trump card in a perfect deck. Doom-sayers for the paper book industry speculate that the bound books of the future will only be purchased as "souvenirs" while our species will turn increasingly to the digital world for their information and entertainment. As authors we must approach the world wide web as a farmer approaches his garden. We want the most production and return for the least amount of hard work. The art is in knowing what are the common sense rules that work and what ones don't.

Your web page is an adventure you need to embrace. Establish your learning curve as a down payment on book publishing success. Planting the seeds for your future garden of writing related enterprises should be a pretty heady experience. As in all of our Community Publishing 101 components we have to insure that we aim for a high quality, user friendly, information rich site that draws customers and other writers back. We must compete at a global scale. As you transition your thinking into the fact that you are a writer and have every reason to expect to earn a living, also think of your website as a place to grow the other opportunities for you to make a buck using the skills you have as a writer: editing, copy editing, design, articles, speaking engagements, mentoring, etc. Your website becomes your one location office for your future earnings.

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February 01, 2010

YourBookBiz -- Second Free Community Publishing 101 Seminar At Wilkinson

[click "Play" to hear R. J. Rubadeau describe Wednesday's seminar]

Community Publishing 101 is BACK to take on the basics of book marketing, and the most effective way to establish a web presence for yourself and your book. The second of four, free, one-hour  seminars will be held at the Wilkinson Public Library on Wednesday evening, February 3, at 6 p.m. at the Program Room.Book Publisher's handbook Nearly fifty local writers and book lovers attended the Kick-Off seminar last month and came away with a much better understanding of what happens to your book once the writing is finished. R. J. Rubadeau, seminar leader and Community Publishing 101 pilot project author, reports that many of our local writers have returned to their works-in-progress with a renewed enthusiasm and with a clear, easily followed, straightforward path in place towards eventual publication.

YourBookBiz/Community Publishing 101 is receiving a growing buzz in the national book industry. Our locally designed partnership, including the public library, the local book store, the writing community, our homegrown webzine, and a local small publisher, is a unique format for success that could be duplicated in many communities across the country. Our effort to preserve regional voices in our country's literarture by promoting and supporting local writers, and by "branding" our community led publication process with high quality, content integrity, and a truly professional finished product. This experiment is attracting attention on blogs and social networks dealing with writers, editors, publishers and the books they produce. Join this Telluride led revolution for better books and a growing, vibrant local writing community connected in a single positive effort.

Community Publishing 101/ Wednesday Feb. 3rd at 6 p.m. /Program Room/ Wilkinson Library /Telluride

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