Web Technology for Authors – Class Starts Thursday

Join us for a 6-week class beginning March 12 — web technology and how to use it as an author.

If you write, you’re probably aware that a web presence is essential for developing an audience for your work (which is sometimes called a “platform”). But what do you really need and what’s the best way to set it up?

Even if you have a website and online presence, you might still be asking those same questions.

The fact is that little decisions you make now can have drastic effects on the cost and effectiveness of your platform in the future.

This 6-week class will help you sort out these questions, and put you in a position to not only know what you need to do, but why to do it and how to do it.

No experience is necessary. We’re going to start from scratch. We’re going to talk about how the internet works, and build up from there.

This 6-week class will cover websites, website building, blogging, mailing lists, and so much more!

Sign up here.

As usual, you can sign up for the full 6-class series, or just sign up for the specific classes that you think will be most helpful for you.

You can attend the classes live online on Thursdays at 7pm ET. Or you can watch the recorded videos. The class size is small, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

We’ve received great feedback on this series so far. Here’s what a couple of others had to say:

“Brad has a terrific, conversational way of conveying his concepts.”

“The course delivered! Brad is a great teacher and I enjoyed this course.”

“Thank you so much for providing this class – by far the best class I have taken since college.”

Don’t wait, sign up today. You’ll be glad you invested in yourself. Register here.

Creating a Business and Legal Considerations – February 13th Professional Development Class

Join us on Thursday evening for a professional development class on setting up the legal infrastructure for your work as an author.

There’s a lot of bad and confusing information out there. We’ll share with you what the law says and the best ways we’ve seen other authors implement smart, inexpensive strategies to keep themselves and their work safe.

We’ll cover how to setup a business and banking. We’ll talk about copyrights, trademarks, fair use, and intellectual property.

If you’re serious about creating work for sale, this is must-have information.

This class will help you to put these topics to bed. No more wondering if you understand it or if you’re doing it right. We’ll share stories of other authors with positive results, so that you can be confident you’re on the right track.

This class is live online at 7pm ET. If you can’t make it to the live class, sign up anyway and you can watch the recorded video for 7 days following the class. We expect a small group for this class, so it will be small enough that you can ask questions if you have them.

Click here to sign up for this class and others.

Novel Writing Class Begins January 9th!

Someone in the world deserves to read the novel that you’ll write. This is your year to invest in yourself and finally write a great novel.

Our novel writing course begins on January 9th. This is a fantastic resource that you don’t want to miss.

Writing a novel as a busy adult is difficult. It’s a giant undertaking. It’s not something you instinctually know how to do.

This course has helped developing authors, just like you, to accomplish giant projects.

The novel-writing 4-class series will cover a few important elements:

Development – You have an idea for a novel, how do you turn that into 50,000+ words? We’ll explore the structure of how stories work, so that you can include all of the most important elements. With a little help, you won’t feel like you’re stretching an idea, or like you’re trying to cram too much in.

Successful books all share some common elements. We’ll show you what they are. Seriously, this will crack your head open. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.

Organization – Writing a novel is a major project. We’ll show you the strategies that professional authors use to keep their work in order, so that they can effectively write large works.

Writing a novel efficiently takes 100 hours. Writing it haphazardly will take hundreds more. We’ll help you keep the ducks in a row.

Execution – The fact is, you won’t always feel excited about writing your novel. The project is just too big. But it’s an important project, and it’s important that you finish it. We’ll provide techniques and strategies that keep the process manageable, so that you can make big progress even when you’re not in the mood.

We’re going to cover all of this in just four weeks. You will leave the class with a completely different perspective on your novel project, and you’ll be ready to take care of business.

All classes are offered live online on Thursday evening. If you need to miss a class (or all of them), you can also watch the recorded video for up to 7 days following each class.

The cost of this 4-week course is $299 for OWA members ($349 for non-members).

Ready to get started? Click here to register.

Want to learn more? Click here for more details.

We’ll see you on January 9th. Don’t miss this and wait another year to make your dreams happen.

Master Copywriting – 3 Reasons This Skill Is Essential to Every Writer

The Art of Copywriting retreat is coming up on Saturday, September 7, 2019. This one-of-a-kind experience will provide instruction and support from established industry experts.

This retreat will be held from 9am to 3pm in Zanesville, Ohio.  Zanesville is less than an hour from Columbus, and is also convenient to Newark, Lancaster, Mount Vernon, and Southeastern Ohio. This retreat will be worth the drive.

Learn more and register here: Retreats.OhioWriters.org. The cost of the retreat is only $50. OWA Writer and Patron Member pay only $40.

Copywriting is the process of writing content for businesses, primarily for marketing and advertising.

There are bona fide opportunities in copywriting. Businesses pay real money for good content every day.

There are a lot of scam “opportunities” for writers out there as well, so a little guidance is helpful. But if you have the skill set and you know where to look, you can absolutely get paid to write this content.

Copywriting is a different skill than narrative writing or poetry. Just because you can do the one doesn’t mean you can do the other. Our retreat will teach you the specific skills and techniques you’ll need to effectively write copy.

If you intend to write professionally, you should master copywriting, even if you absolutely abhor the idea of being an advertising hack. Here are three reasons why:

1. Get Paid to Be Present. If you can write excellent copy (and we’ll show you how), you’ll get paid to do it, and you’ll be stepping into the world of real professional writers. You will now be a peer among people who are getting paid to write, and who know how to find opportunities. It’s one thing to network at the local writers group (which you should do!), but it’s another league to network with people who make their living in words.  Opportunity follows opportunity.

In addition, the more you write, the more you’ll write. When you copywrite, you’ll be acclimating your brain to put words on the page, and you’ll find that living in that space day in and day out will stimulate your personal creative projects.  Imagine if you could replace your full-time income with 3-4 hours a day of copywriting, and apply the remainder of your time to the projects you’re passionate about.

2. Crosstrain. If you want to get better at basketball, and all you ever do is play pickup games of basketball, you’ll get better. But you’ll get better faster if you spend time lifting weights, running, doing drills, and even playing other sports. Focusing on specific skills and abilities will improve your game faster than just playing the game.

The same is true of your writing. If you want to write fiction, you can get better by writing more and more fiction. But you’ll see incredible benefit from mastering other writing skills, which will inform your process and bring new techniques and values to your work.

3. Self-Promotion. It doesn’t matter how you choose to publish, you will need to write effective copy for yourself.  Unfortunately, we know lots of amazing authors who can’t write a query letter, their website is a mess, and they can’t write a compelling Facebook post to save themselves.  As a result, their amazing work fails to attract the attention of agents, publishers, or the public.

Self-promotion is mandatory in every sector of the publishing industry. Mastering the skill to advertise (even if it’s just advertising yourself) will pay off in spades. Copywriting is the same communication skill that makes a great query letter and helps you to grow your audience.

There is real opportunity in copywriting. Whether you see yourself quitting your day job to freelance as a copywriter or not, there is tremendous value in adding these skills to your author’s tool bag.

At only $50 (OWA Writer and Patron members save an additional $10), this is a steal.  You’re going to have a great Saturday on September 7th, and you’ll see dividends from your investment in yourself for years to come.

Register today at Retreats.OhioWriters.org.

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LAST CHANCE: Register for Fall Classes – OWA Certified Blogger Series

Register for fall OWA classes today.  Our 6-class Certified Blogger curriculum begins on Saturday, September 22.

This week is your last chance to register. Register for classes by signing into your OWA account here. Don’t have an account? It’s free and easy to create on here.

A good writer is hard to find. A good writer who can effectively implement and broadcast their content on the internet is worth their weight in gold.

Whether you’re thinking ahead to promoting your own book, or you’d like to sell your talents as a freelancer, this 6-class series will give you the skills and confidence you need to make money as a writer.

Class enrolees will gain a working understanding of HTML, WordPress websites, and the specific techniques and audience expectations when writing for blog readers. Don’t worry, regardless of your previous experience we make all of these topics approachable and easy to understand.

Brad Pauquette teaching a seminar
Brad Pauquette teaching a seminar at the Columbus Library.

These classes will be taught by Brad Pauquette. Brad is a publishing expert who came into the industry as a book marketing consultant, with an emphasis on scalable web-marketing solutions.  His friendly, hands-on approach to adult education uses real-world situations to build confidence and understanding.

Writers’ Seminar in Somerset, Ohio

twit_picI’ll be giving an extended seminar this Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the public library in Somerset, Ohio.  This event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and is free to the public.  You must register before the event however, by emailing register@ahoot.org.

I’ve been giving a lot of seminars over the past few years, and this will combine the most popular three.  Through the course of the day we’ll cover “Understanding the Publishing Industry” with a big picture look at the publishing paths available to authors, “The Five Key Steps to Publishing a Professional Book” with important information for anyone interested in self-publishing, and “Free and Easy Marketing Steps for All Authors” with an emphasis on pre-marketing, prior to publication.

Get all of the details on this release from AHOOT here.

I’ll also be joined by CCC member and debut author Christopher Stollar, who recently released The Black Lens following a successful crowdfunding campaign.  Christopher will be on hand to answer questions about the crowdfunding process and how to make it work.

This Saturday will be packed with real information for authors who want to take it to the next level.  It’s not for dreamers, and there are no sales pitches, if you want to be a published author, grab one of these seats.

You can also learn more from WHIZ news in Zanesville, Ohio: https://www.whiznews.com/content/news/local/2016/04/12/writing-workshop-in-somerset-saturday

The event will be sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, coordinated by The Winding Road A to Z (a Southeastern Ohio artist’s organization) and hosted by AHOOT (Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory – a regional arts organization).  Contact register@ahoot.org with questions.

We’ve Moved – 620 Alum Creek Dr., Suite 304

We’ve moved!  Our new location is 620 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, OH 43205.  We’re on the third floor of the building in suite 304.

We’ve loved our time at The Salt Mines over the past couple of years.  But we’re looking forward to this new chapter, in which we’ll have full autonomy over our space.

From July 1 onward, all meetings and events will be held at this new location, unless otherwise posted.  Click here to see the new location on Google Maps.

We share the building with Life Church, and several other businesses.  Life Church owns the building, so when in doubt, look for their giant sign in the front yard.   It may be at least a few weeks before our signage is also out in front of the building.

This location is easily accessed from I-70, and is literally seconds off of the highway.

When coming east on I-70, get off at the Main St. exit (not the Alum Creek Dr. exit).  The Main St. exit will spit you out onto Alum Creek Dr. and the building will be a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

When headed west on I-70, take the Livingston Ave. exit.  Turn left off of the exit onto Livingston Ave., then take an immediate right onto Alum Creek Dr.  The building will be about a half mile down on your right, before you get to Main St.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you in our new home soon!

Marketing Seminar at Old Worthington Library

If you’ve published a novel or you’re considering it, chances are you’ve already put a lot of hard work into completing your manuscript. That’s fantastic, but the hard part of publishing is yet to come. You know your book is great, now how do you get other people to realize that? Enter: Marketing.

The world of book marketing is vast. Social media, websites, book reviews, blog tours–where should you begin? We’re hosting a free marketing seminar at the Old Worthington Library next week to help you get your book marketing off the ground.

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 01/07 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Worthington Library: 820 High Street Worthington, OH 43085. This seminar is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC Member to attend.

Join the Facebook event here.

CCC Director Brad Pauquette will be sharing book marketing strategies that put your time to good use. If you’re interested in getting your book into the hands of more readers, check out this free seminar and get insider information on the wide world of book marketing.

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact emily@ohiowriters.org

Revising & Editing a Novel Seminar — A Success!

Thanks to everyone who came to our “Revising and Editing a Novel” seminar on Saturday at the Bexley Public Library. We had a great time speaking with everyone and answering questions about the editing and revising process. Special thanks to the Bexley Public Library for hosting us.

If you missed this one, check out our upcoming Self-Publishing Seminar at Wild Goose Creative on December 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you’re interested in self-publishing, or you just want to learn how great books are produced, you won’t want to miss this free talk.

Find the Facebook event here.

This seminar is free and open to the public. You do NOT have to be a CCC Member to attend this meeting. Bring a friend! We hope to see you there.

While membership is not required to take advantage of most of our resources, we hope you’ll consider supporting great events like this one by becoming a member. A Writer Membership comes with tons of great perks, and is only $15/year.

Learn more about our memberships here.

Questions? Contact us.

Free Seminar (11/22) — Revising and Editing a Novel

If you’ve completed a manuscript, or even if you’re close, there’s a lot of editing in your future. Where do you begin? Editing can be a daunting task, but it’s an extremely important first step before querying agents and publishers.

We’ll be hosting a free “Revising and Editing a Novel” seminar this Saturday, 11/22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bexley Public Library- 2411 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Join the Facebook event here!

CCC Director, and Columbus Press founder and editor-in-chief, Brad Pauquette, will be outlining what an editor looks for in a manuscript, as well as highlighting what steps you can take to get your novel ready to stand out in a crowded market.

Questions? Contact us.