Introducing – Publishing 101

Hello readers!

It’s a week since I attended the When Words Collide conference and my brain is absolutely BUZZING! I had the absolute joy to attend some fascinating workshops. My notebook is overflowing and I am filled with tidbits of information that were completely new to me. Don’t you love it when that happens?

And do you know what? I don’t think it’s fair to keep all this information to myself. What about you?

I’d like to introduce the new series of blog posts that I’ll have running for the next month or so (it might last longer, there are a lot of topics to cover). I’m calling it Publishing 101, or Pub 101 for short.

I had the pleasure to attend a full day workshop with Penguin Canada’s Adrienne Kerr, their Commissioning Editor. She kindly gave her approval for me to write blog entries on what I learned through her workshop… and do you know what? Her one day session is resulting in MULTIPLE entries. Here are some of the topics that I’ll cover:

  • The process of designing a cover
  • Contracts 101 – as a new author, what elements of a traditionally pub’d contract do you need to be aware of?
  • The author/editor relationship
  • Some of the major challenges that publishers are facing today (my respect for the big five has shot through the roof)
  • What is the major value that a publisher (traditional) brings to the table (note: there were definitely some obvious ones, but some that surprised me)?
  • The economics of publishing.
  • An overview of the Canadian publishing market.

So, tune back each Friday to share in my learnings. We start tomorrow with Pub 101: From Cover to Cover.

I hope you enjoy the series. Please comment if you find something interesting or would like to know more about a certain topic. The best way to learn is by sharing, and in no way am I the subject matter expert on publishing. I love to have open dialogue with my readers.

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