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.

If You Attend One Educational Seminar This Year, Make It This One

If you have any intention of publishing a manuscript in the future, near or far, this seminar will be invaluable.

This Wednesday evening at 7pm, Columbus Creative Cooperative will be hosting a “Navigating Publishing” seminar at our headquarters, 2997 Indianola Ave.  Get the details on Facebook here.  This seminar is free and open to the public.

We’re going to talk in depth about the paths available to you once your manuscript is finished, and the relative pros and cons of each path.  With the state of technology, there are so many paths available to you.  Some of them have a high probability of success, some of them almost certainly lead to failure.  And some of them will surprise you!

I give lots of different seminars through the year.  At the end of every one, I get questions (which I love) about “how do you do/find/etc. in the publishing industry?”  Within the other seminars, my answers are always limited.  But this seminar on Wednesday night is where we talk about exactly all of those things that everyone always wants to ask about.

If you read blogs about traditional publishing, independent publishing, self-publishing—there’s a ton of bad information out there.  Everyone is certain that their way is the best.

I’ve worked with people in all three of these industry segments.  We’re going to talk about the brass tacks and statistics of each method of publishing.  The truth is that no single solution is right for everyone.  Hopefully you’ll leave this seminar with a better understanding of which paths are most suitable for you.

Come on out to CCC headquarters on Wednesday night.  You’ll be happy that you did.  We’re a laid-back, casual bunch, so bring a snack or a drink to share if you can.  The seminar will start promptly at 7:00pm.

Questions?  Please contact us.

Free Seminar 11/12 — Navigating the Publishing Industry

We’ll be hosting a free publishing seminar this Wednesday (11/12), from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at CCC Headquarters- 2997 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202.

Find the Facebook event here.

You’ve burned the midnight oil, slaved away at your keyboard and completed a manuscript. Congratulations! Now what? The publishing industry is filled with choices. Whether you’re trying to entice literary agents and traditional publishers, or you’re interested in self-publishing, learning about what options are available to you is the first step in making the right decision.

Esteemed CCC Director, Brad Pauquette, will be expounding on the publishing industry to prepare you for your next step as a published author. Whether you’re ready to get your manuscript out there, or you just want to learn more about the industry, this seminar is a great way to get some insight into the various publishing paths.

Bring a friend, and bring your favorite beverage (alcoholic or otherwise). This event is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC member to participate.

Questions? Email emily@ohiowriters.org

 

DIY Publishing Seminar — Tomorrow! (11/08)

Don’t forget, tomorrow (10/8) is our DIY Publishing Seminar at Columbus Idea Foundry: 421 W State St, Columbus, OH 43215. Join us at 2:00 p.m. as CCC Director and Columbus Publishing Lab CEO, Brad Pauquette, covers five mandatory steps for producing a great book. This event is free and open to the public.

Find the Facebook event here.

Whether you’re considering self-publishing, or just want to know more about the process of publishing, this is a great opportunity to learn more about how exceptional books are produced.

You can replicate the same steps traditional publishers take to increase the quality and profitability of their books, without wasting time and money. From developmental editing to cover design, this seminar gives you the knowledge you need to publish your book the right way.

I hope to see you there!

Questions? Email emily@ohiowriters.org

Book Marketing Seminar Tonight — Westerville Library

CCC Director Brad Pauquette will be giving a free book marketing seminar tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerville Library– 126 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081.

Whether you’re a self-published author or a traditionally published author, marketing is an important part of making your book successful.  Brad got his start in the publishing world via web marketing, so he has a lot of helpful suggestions to share. He’ll share some of the most popular and effective strategies book marketers use, as well as provide tips to avoid wasting money and common pitfalls.

This seminar is free and open to the public.

In addition to being to Director of Columbus Creative Cooperative, Brad Pauquette is the owner of Columbus Press and the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab.