Instructor: Cynthia F Davidson
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 05/17/2021 - 06/07/2021
SCN Member: $120
Class synopsis*This class is a continuation of the overview course, begun in Part One. These four units focus primarily on what happens after the memoir is written. Taking Part One is not a pre-requisite but is strongly recommended. We discuss in great depth what participants need to know about publishing, marketing and distribution issues to help them make the right decisions about their books. The focus is on options for hybrid, indie (self) publishing. And creating eBooks, audio books and POD.
Part Two of this interactive eight week class covers more than the nuts and bolts of publishing, marketing and distribution options. We also examine the working lives of successful memoirists to prepare to meet our obligations as published authors. The responsibilities of having a public voice, the demands of social media, dealing with readers' expectations, fans, and controversies can be exhausting. I share what I wish I'd known about Amazon, beta readers, reviews, contests, indie bookstores and crowd funding at the start of my odyssey. Since the pandemic, the world of publishing is changing faster than ever. Participants questions in depth about . By sharing participants learn more about what needs to be considered when conceiving, writing, and publishing a memoir that receives good reviews from satisfied readers. We do not do much writing in this class.
To understand the basics of publishing, marketing and distribution options in the memoir genre., To create checklists and timelines for must-have items required by today's published authors., To appreciate the importance of social media presence for sales and advertising., To keep today's readers in mind when making key decisions about spending time and money., To review hybrid, and self-publishing platforms, especially KDP 'Kindle Direct Publishing'., To preview the benefits of e-books, print on demand and even audio versions of your memoir., To envision what happens after your book is published and be prepared for the on-going efforts.
Class communication methodThis class will be taught "live" on Zoom. Each session will begin with a content/lecture on the subject of the week. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, examples, and suggestions. Participants will respond to weekly checklist items. These will be shared to increase the range of topics we cover. The format is informational and exploratory. A lot depends upon what the participants are ready for and their concerns about the overall process. We will focus upon current publishing practices and experiences..
Unit 5 This session demonstrates how crucial it is to use social media regularly and plan ahead for publicity. These efforts need to be underway long before the manuscript drafts are finished. Relating to audiences, and even having fans, can take some getting used to. Readers expectations can keep you on track as you develop your presence in the marketplace of stories and ideas.
Unit 6 In this session we discuss the basics of self-publishing and what makes it such a popular option. Participants learn about several options, especially KDP ‘Kindle Direct Publishing’. We review the buying habits of the public these days and how to meet their expectations with an e-book, print on demand and even audio versions of your memoir.
Unit 7 In this module, we get real about beta readers, reviews, and self evaluations. We examine which tasks we can accomplish on our own versus the steps in the overall process we may require professional assistance with. The budgeting and costs of items like graphic designers fees for an eye catching book cover, the work of content editors and line editors, and the need for pre-publication reviews.
Unit 8 – In our final session we practice looking forward to the days after your book is published. Completing such a big project will change you, sometimes in unexpected ways. We will candidly discuss the benefits of having a therapist, if necessary, to help you cross the finish line. Celebrating this milestone is an important life passage. The world needs more truthful narratives, written by women whose captured wisdom can encourage others. Lastly we’ll envision your on-going writing and marketing goals and perhaps your next book.
Class time commitmentThree hours per week. This includes readings, homework plus the hour and a half on the live Zoom call.
A born mystic, Cynthia was raised in Arabia. There she began taking divine dictation at age 10, penning her first poems.
Further expatriate decades led to more world travels and dual careers in journalism and global management development.
After studying the perennial teachings, she developed The Wisdom Wheel, and decided to leave corporate life. She relocated to Rhode Island to create a spiritual retreat center over 20 years ago. There she writes full time, teaches, and leads ceremonies with her British born husband.
The Importance of Paris, her first in planned series of memoirs, won an IPPY (Independent Publishers Award) in 2019. Available on Amazon in eBook, Print and Audio, it recounts her years living in more than one Paris.