Thursday, June 28, 2012

E-Publishing workshop helps writers become part of the digital revolution

            As a further sign that the publishing business has entered a new age, R.R. Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN agency and publisher of “Books in Print”®, reports that over 211,000 books were self-published last year. Many of these were published as e-books either on for Kindle, for the Nook or for other e-reading devices.
            The Florida Heritage Book Festival is presenting a workshop targeted directly at writers who wish to learn more about e-publishing and how to digitally convert their books. “E-Publishing: The Future Is Now!” is a comprehensive 3-hour workshop presenting information by publishing professionals. The workshop will be held the morning of Saturday, July 14, at Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center in the Gamache-Koger Theater. Registration and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9:00 a.m.
            Led by authors and writing instructors Victor DiGenti and Sharon Y. Cobb, the workshop presents experts and e-publishing veterans to help explain the intricacies of e-book publishing and answer questions. They include Fran Keiser, author-publisher from Get Book Savvy; editor Deborrah S. Hoag from The Right Editor; John Simmons from E-Book Productions; and Rik Feeney from Richardson Publishing.
            Among the questions the workshop will answer are:

* What is e-publishing and how does it work?
* What’s the difference between self-publishing and being an independent publisher?
* What kind of royalties can I expect from my e-books?
* How can I convert my manuscript into a Kindle book?
* What four elements are necessary for consistent sales?
* How can I best market e-books?

            The registration fee is $60 through July 2, and $75 at the door. Register online at   using PayPal, or send a check payable to Florida Heritage Book Festival to Kathy Dvornick, 1261 Paradise Pond Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092. But hurry, space is limited.

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