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The Journey of a Book


2404 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK S4T 7S7, Canada
Publishing Symposium

Are you a writer looking to get published, or are you thinking of being a publisher?

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and SaskBooks are partnering to offer writers, and those interested in publishing, a chance to learn about the journey a book takes from pen to shelf. Where do you start? Should you self-publish or submit your manuscript? How do you find a publisher? What’s the difference between printing and publishing? These are all questions this symposium series will answer.

The series kicks off with an introductory day of presentations and information on June 4, 2016 at the Regina Senior Citizens' Centre at 2404 Elphinstone Street in Regina. The series will continue throughout the year with publishing intensives on topics such as how to find a publisher, how to format and submit your manuscript, contracts and royalties, self-publishing intensives (including workflow, production, hiring an editor, hiring a designer, etc.), working with publishers to market your book, and more.

The introductory day will cost $25, which includes refreshments and lunch.

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Journey of a Book

This introductory session will focus on an overview of the book journey—what happens before, during and after you write a book. Touching on aspects of the book adventure, what happens when, where it happen, who does it, and why it matters. SaskBooks co-Executive Director Jillian Bell will talk about the basics and processes for navigating the road between finishing your manuscript and seeing your book on the shelf. Topics covered will be basic terminology, production processes, and the stages of development a book goes through from start to finish.

Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Executive Director Judith Silverthorne will join Jillian Bell to focus on how and when the SWG and SaskBooks can help with the process.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Q & A Lunch with SaskBooks and the SWG, where you will have open access to both industry professionals.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Intensive—Publishers

Are you thinking of self-publishing but want to know where to start, or are you thinking of querying submission-model publishers? Are you new to the process? This session offers three differing styles of publishing - submission-model, hybrid and self-publishing - providing you with the tools and tips you need. Presenters will introduce their publishing models, and guidelines and tips for successfully engaging with the publishing industry.

John Agnew, Coteau Books — Submission-model Publisher
Deanna Driver, DriverWorks Ink — Hybrid Publisher
Mary-Ann Kirkby — Self Publishing

Register by May 27 by sending a completed form, to SWGevents@skwriter.com