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Book Publishing 1-2-3/Authors & Editors workshops with Laurie Gibson


  • Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse 1010 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011 United States (map)

Editor Laurie Gibson returns to lead two workshops for authors as they move along the publishing path - October 21 & 22, 2-4 PM

Gibson has served nearly 200 first-time authors and also edited/proofread hundreds of published books. Because of her SOLD OUT workshops here in July, she is returning and has added a half hour of programming to each day.

Registration fees are: one session (either day) - $35; both sessions - $60. Pre-registration through the bookstore is required (cash/checks only), and early registration is recommended.  Seating is limited.  

The first session on Saturday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 PM is BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3. Grab a pen and join us for this popular, lively workshop, which is spiced with stories and tips to empower and inspire writers. We’ll start with a glance at today’s dynamic book business, then we’ll share tips for connecting with editors and agents, as well as creative ideas to help writers refine their craft, and practical thoughts on book promotion (gleaned from interviews with agents and booksellers).

Other highlights: Writing prompts to call forth and tickle the muse; four-page, resource-rich handout; Q&A.

Session two on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM is AUTHORS AND EDITORS: HOLDING HANDS OR BUTTING HEADS? Join us for a quick look at the various types of editing involved in creating a professional-caliber book. We’ll scan the spectrum, from helping clarify the author’s thinking during the creation stage (developmental editing), through the work that helps establish consistency (line editing and copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading).

Curious about the human interest aspect of this partnership? You’re in luck, because we’re also going to explore the dynamic between authors and editors. Get ready to have conflict myths debunked—and the stereotype of the editor as a humorless grammarian brandishing a red pen.

And we’ll end on a high note by sharing some funny “bloopers” — with tips and tricks that writers can use to avoid making these same mistakes in their own work.

As a special bonus, attendees of this session will receive a professional edit of five pages of their manuscript.