Calendar of Self-Publishing Classes & Special Events

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MY CLASSES

How to Publish a Book with Amazon (1)How to Publish a Book with Amazon

Publishing a book on Amazon is not as daunting as it seems. Free tools are available to help you create an eBook, paperback, and audiobook. Join me for a workshop to learn how to prepare your manuscript for publication, upload your files to the Amazon publishing sites, position your book for the market, and promote your book once it’s available to the public. To enhance your experience, it is suggested that you bring a fully charged laptop or tablet to this class.

Wednesday, July 29, 2pm to 4 pm, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, Email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

Monday, October 5, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940,  Email: cape@sunyorange.edu, Phone: (845) 341-4890

The Self-Publishing SeriesSocial Media for Authors & Others

In our digital age we are constantly asked to tweet, post, share, follow, and friend. All of this can be confusing and overwhelming. Find out what it all means and learn how to make sense of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. Learn to develop skills to build your own “pages”, how to upload content, gain followers and increase your online visibility, as well as promote yourself or your products to a global audience. To enhance your experience it’s suggested that you bring a fully charged laptop or tablet.

Wednesday, September 9, 2 pm to 4 pm, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, Email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

Blogging for Authors and OthersBlogging for Authors & Others

Blogging is a sure way to establish a presence on the internet and build your discoverability. In this two hour course, learn how to set up your blog, decide what to blog about, drive traffic to your site, find followers, and more. This course will be helpful to authors and others with a business or product to sell.

Wednesday, August 19, 2 pm to 4 pm, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, Email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

Wednesday, October 14,, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, Email: cape@sunyorange.edu, Phone: (845) 341-4890

Author CollaborationsAuthor Collaborations: How to Make Friends & Sell Books

Trying to find your place in the literary market is a complex, competitive challenge. Traveling with others can make for a more pleasant and profitable journey. In this two-hour course you will learn how to make friends with other authors in your genre, why you should bother, and what to do once you’ve entered or created an author collaborative. This course is for authors with a published book or books interested in increasing their discoverability and book sales.

Wednesday, October 21, 2 pm to 6 pm,  Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

Graphics for Authors & OthersGraphics for Authors & Others

Those who use blogging and social media to promote their books and products know that quality graphics are key to attracting potential readers and customers. But where do they get them? And how much do they cost? In this class you will learn how to design compelling graphics using Canva, a free tool that makes it possible to design anything and publish it anywhere. Using drag and drop technology, you can quickly create beautiful ad copy, bookmarks, posters, postcards, and more. It is recommended (not required) that you bring a fully charged laptop or tablet to class so you can start your own projects right away.

Wednesday,  September 30, 2 pm to 4 pm, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, Email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

Write Release RetailWrite Release Retail

Publishing your own work and launching it into the literary marketplace is easier than ever now with the advent of self-publishing platforms like Amazon, Draft 2 Digital, Smashwords, and others. Aspiring authors have many opportunities to sell their work to readers all over the world via online  booksellers. Join me as I explain how to start your project, create a publishable manuscript, build your social media platform, choose your publishing partners, and promote and market your work. This class is recommended for anyone interested in self-publishing a novel, memoir, children’s book, or non-fiction work. The first half of the class covers Write and Release; the second will cover Retail.

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 am to 2 pm, SUNY Ulster, 94 Saint Mary’s Avenue, Kingston, NY, Phone: (845) 339-2025, Email: ceinfo@sunyulster.edu