Writing Classes: Publishing How-Tos

Path to Publishing Workshop: Publishing & Marketing Children's Books (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, January 26, 2020 • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $125 (Path to Publishing members); $175 (General public) • Lunch included

  

This one-day seminar explores aspects of writing and publishing for children. Children’s books require a particular sensibility as they must appeal to both the child and the person buying the book, be that their teacher, librarian, caretaker, or parent. Each of those audiences requires something a little different to be satisfied. We will gather for coffee, rolls, and introductions beforehand, and then we will break for lunch (which is included). The entire program will allow lots of time for questions.

Topics include:

Introduction to the Path to Publishing program
The description by Path to Publishing manager Nancy Fish will focus on services for writers of children’s books.

Finding where you fit in children’s literature
How to identify what age range you’re writing for depending on your voice, writing style, and subject matter, with writing coach and author Amanda Conran.

Writing a captivating book for teachers, parents, and kids
Children’s librarian Rebecca Jelen and Book Passage children’s bookselling specialist Clare Doornbos will discuss how to enchant each of the audiences you must satisfy to have a successful children’s book.

Self-marketing primer
Elizabeth Singer Hunt will share many of the strategies she used to catapult her Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series into multiple languages and millions of copies sold. She’ll explain how to build a relationship with your reader, how to publicize your book, and how to generate author awareness in the community. 

Connecting with teachers and booksellers
Successful classroom presenter author Meera Sriram and children’s bookselling specialist at Book Passage Clare Doornbos will share how they present to teachers, how they got into those teachers’ classrooms, and what they did once they got there.

The business of children’s book publishing
Long time children’s publishing exec and consultant Lara Starr fills in the blanks in the labyrinthine process of children’s books publishing

For questions and additional information, contact: Nancy Fish at ptp@bookpassage.com

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Faculty

Amanda Conran
When Amanda Conran is not writing her own children’s books or working as a freelance editor, she is a children’s book specialist, school book fair booktalker and children’s book club facilitator at Book Passage. The Lost Celt is her first middle grade novel.
Clare Doornbos
Clare Doornbos has been a bookseller for 20 years and is a specialist in children’s books. She has created and run literary events for kids from tiny preschool story times to a theater full of John Green fans. Clare is slated to be the new kids book buyer for Book Passage.
Nancy Fish
Nancy Fish is the Manager of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program and the former Publicity Director for HarperCollins Publishers. She has over three decades of publishing experience.
Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of twenty adventure books for children including the award-winning ‘Secret Agent Jack Stalwart’ chapter book series. This 14-book series has been translated into multiple languages, sold millions, and was recently optioned for TV.
Rebecca Jelen
Rebecca Jelen is the greatly beloved and highly innovative librarian at Kent Middle School. School libarians play a key role in children’s literature, and Jelen is one of the best.
Meera Sriram
Meera Sriram enjoys writing for children, teaching early literacy, and advocating for diverse books. Meera’s debut children’s book was The Yellow Suitcase and her next picture book, A Gift for Amma, comes out in Fall 2020 from Barefoot Books.
Lara Starr
Lara Starr is a publishing and public relations professional with a specialty in children’s books. She’s arranged hundreds of author events at bookstores, schools and libraries and placed authors and illustrators at prestigious national festivals and conferences.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joan Gelfand - You Can be a Winning Writer: The 4 C's of Successful Authors

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:00pm

Four Wednesdays: February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $150

The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence

Why are some authors catapulted to success while others take forever? Learn the secrets of how you can become a successful author in four sessions. Topics include: What are the four C’s and how can you make them work for you? What are your writing challenges? What is a book proposal and who needs one? What is the difference between a non-fiction and a fiction proposal? Does poetry need a book proposal? Will also cover query letters, identifying agents and publishers and what to do once your book is published.

Tuition includes a copy of Joan's book You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John J Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, February 9 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $75

How to Get Your Book Published is designed to help writer’s improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The three hour course will cover:

  • How to identify the right literary agent, editor, or publisher for your project
  • What publishers, editors, and literary agents look for in a submission
  • Which genres offer the best prospect for getting published
  • Understanding the economics of publishing, being a literary agent, or author
  • How to write a query letter
  • How to write a non-fiction book proposal
  • How to format your manuscript
  • What a standard industry book contract looks like
  • 5 rookies mistakes first timers make
  • And much more

John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, he has worked as an editor and writer in both the magazine  and newspaper industries. John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times Science section, The Wall Street JournalThe San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space, and American History magazine and other publications. He is also the author of, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, “a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account,” and, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Book Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss. Additionally, John shepherded into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub, a one-hour documentary for PBS television that the New York Times called, “consistently fascinating history.” His third, non-fiction book, When Giants Ruled the Sky, is under contract to The History Press and due in bookstores 2021.

"As a writer, I’ve benefited from John’s wisdom through four books. A master at understanding how to meet reader expectations, John zeroes in on a writer’s intention, applauds what's going right, and nails that unnecessary bit of exposition or missed opportunity to drive the story forward."

— K. M., author of 8 commercially published novels

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- AM How to Sell Children's Books/PM Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16 AM session: 10:00 am-12:30 pm & PM session: 1:30- 4:00 pm $135

Enroll in both of Ying's workshops for a discounted price. This listing is for both her AM and PM sessions. You may also register for each session individually. 

AM session: How to Sell Children's Books:

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

PM session: How to Edit your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- How to Write & Sell Children's Books

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm $75

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You may also register for this class combined with Ying's PM workshop "How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine - How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 1:30-4:00 pm $75

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You can also register for this class along with Ying's AM class "How to Sell Children's Books" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925