Calendar of Self-Publishing Classes & Special Events

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MY EVENTS

Middletown Thrall Library 6th Annual Local Authors Showcase

Once again I am working with Middletown Thrall Library to host its sixth annual Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, September 28th  from 10:30 am to 3 pm. The morning session (10:30-12:30) features authors writing for children. The afternoon session (1 pm –  3 pm) features authors writing for adults. Books will be available for sale, and author-donated books will be raffled off to attendees at the end of the event. The library is located at 11-19 Depot Street, Middletown, New York. Directions are available on the library’s website.

The Story of AlzAuthors: How Three Daughters of Dementia Founded a Global Community of Authors Writing About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In this presentation I will share the story of AlzAuthors, the global community of  200+ authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. I will also display the AlzAuthors New York Traveling Library, a collection of books donated by the authors (not for sale.) For more info on AlzAuthors visit our website. 

Monday, February 24, 2020, 1:30 pm to 3 pm, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Balmville, NY, email: desmondcampus@msmc.edu, Phone: (845) 565-2076

MY CLASSES

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.

Monday, November 18, 2019, 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, January 22, 2020,  6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Monday, January 27, 2020,  6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Social 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.

Monday, January 13, 2020, 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, March 25, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Monday, March 30, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Monday, January 27, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

The Self-Publishing SeriesBlogging 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.

Monday, December 2, 2019, 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, February 19, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-341-4890, Fax: 845-341-4897, Email: cape@sunyorange.edu

Monday, February 24, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Author Collaborations: How to Make Friends & Sell Books

The Self-Publishing Series (1)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.

Monday, February 10, 2020, 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

Monday, May 18, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Graphics 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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-341-4890, Fax: 845-341-4897, Email: cape@sunyorange.edu

Monday, January 27, 2020, 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, April 22, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 1 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-341-4890, Fax: 845-341-4897, Email: cape@sunyorange.edu

Monday, April 27, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm, Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 341-4890, Email:cape@sunyorange.edu

Write 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