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.

The Writers’ Forum is Open!

Our Writers’ Workshops come just once a month, but the CCC Writers’ Forum is open 24/7. The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers.

Learn more about our Writers’ Forum here.

The submission period for Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II is nearing the halfway point. If you’ve yet to submit a story, why not upload your draft to the forum, get some feedback and polish up your submission before you submit? We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing publication, whether with us, or through any other outlet, to seek an honest critique, and then revise, revise, revise.

If something’s not working in your story, find out about it now. Don’t waste your shot with an editor by submitting a story that’s not ready. Get some feedback, use it to make your story better, and THEN submit.

The forum is also a great outlet for those who are unable to make it to our monthly Writers’ Workshops, or anyone who’s looking for immediate feedback on a story.

To ensure we’re facilitating a place for serious exchange, the forum is only open to paid CCC Members. (A Writer Membership is just $15/year.) There are no ads, no trolling, and no self-promotion.

Here’s how to get started on the Writers’ Forum:

If you’re already a CCC Writer Member, simply log into your CCC account, and click on “Writers’ Forum” in the Members Only area of the website.

If you’re not a CCC Member, click here to sign up, and then follow the instructions above.

If you’ve registered for a free CCC Peer account, you can upgrade your membership to gain access to the forum by logging in, and clicking “Upgrade Account.”

Questions about the Writers’ Forum? Contact us here.


Six Excellent Reasons to Join Our Writers’ Forum

From writers’ workshops, to seminars and contests, we do our best to make sure we’re The Writerproviding our members with the best resources we can muster. Out of these, one of the most valuable (and little known) tools we offer is our Writers’ Forum.

The Writers’ Forum is a private community where writers can post work 24/7, and receive objective feedback from other writers. To ensure we’re facilitating a place for serious exchange, the forum is only open to paid CCC Members. (A Writer Membership is just $15/year.) There are no ads, no trolling, and no self-promotion.

To show you just how awesome the Writers’ Forum can be, we’ve created a nifty list of six excellent reasons to join the CCC Writers’ group:

TL;DR version: Participating in a writers’ forum is a great way to improve your writing, help other writers, and get active in the writing community. Become a CCC Writer Member here to gain access to the forum. 

1. You’re considering submitting a story to a publication, but you want to make sure it’s ready. The folks on the forum have no reason to lie to you. If something’s not working in your story they’ll let you know. If you’re seriously pursuing publication, this type of honest feedback is invaluable. Don’t waste your shot with an editor by submitting a story that’s not ready. Get some feedback, use it to make your story better, and THEN submit.

2. You’re a new writer who’s testing your chops. Putting your work out there is scary. If you’re not quite ready to face a room full of writers at a writers’ workshop, the writers’ forum is a great way to get your feet wet. The folks who use the forum are honest, but trolling, meanness, and bad attitudes are prohibited. Go for it!

3. You’re not able to get to a writers’ workshop. Whether you’re limited by a crazy work schedule, a growing family, or you’re physically or geographically incapable of getting out to a writers’ workshop, you can get feedback on your work from home on the writers’ forum. While nothing can truly compare to face-to-face feedback, the writers’ forum is a great substitute.

5. You’re looking for submission opportunities. Each week we post a submission opportunity from an outside publication. Scrolling through sites like Duotrope or Writer’s Digest for submission opportunities can be tedious and time-consuming. We do the time-wasting for you! We vet publication opportunities and post only those we think are legitimate, interesting and worth pursuing.

6. You want to swap writing tips, or discuss the craft. The Writers’ Forum has a separate section for “General Discussion.” Whether you’re sharing a cool article, or asking for advice on writing your query letter, there are a host of other writers waiting to chime in.

7. Help other writers while sharpening your own skills. Other writers are taking the time to review your work, and we assume that you’ll return the favor by giving feedback now and then. In addition to helping your fellow writer, providing constructive criticism is a great way to hone your writing skills. Learning to see and articulate what doesn’t work in the writing of others, in turn makes you better at recognizing the same problems in your own work. Everybody wins.

We all have a stack of half-finished stories, sitting sadly in a file labeled “Writing Crap.” Why not throw one on the Writers’ Forum, and see if you don’t get unstuck?

If you’re not already a CCC Writer Member, you can easily become one by clicking here. In addition to access to the Writers’ Forum, a Writer Membership comes with tons of other cool perks, including discounts on books, extra anthology submissions, and discounts at our partner business.

Questions about the Writers’ Forum, membership, or any other aspect of Columbus Creative Cooperative? Contact us here.

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

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.

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

Free Self-Publishing Handbook — This Week Only!

This week only, nab a free Kindle download of The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette. The newest release by Columbus Press, this e-book normally retails for $4.95.

Get your free download from Amazon.com here.

The self-publishing industry is huge. With so many choices, it can be hard to know which services are worthwhile, and which ones are a waste of time and money. The Self-Publishing Handbook is your guide to navigating the publishing process, no matter which route you choose. From hiring professionals, to D.I.Y. tips, this compact book separates worthwhile services from scams, and gets you on your way to producing an excellent book.

If you’re interested in navigating the self-publishing world, make sure you pick up a free copy of this handbook before Friday!


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.


Q&A with Hagridden Author Tonight

Don’t miss tonight’s Q&A session with Hagridden author, Samuel Snoek-Brown! The Q&A will begin at 7 p.m., with an informal meet and greet afterward. Stop in anytime, have a drink and chat a while.

Now’s your chance to pick the brain of a published author. Sam has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of North Texas, and his work has appeared in dozens of print and online literary magazines. He is the author of the fiction chapbook Box Cutters (sunnyoutside press, 2013), and he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Hagridden. Tonight, he answers your questions!

This event is free and open to the public. Join the Facebook event and bring a friend! See you there.