By Janice N. Richards

This was the presentation that I gave on September 22nd at the College of Southern Idaho.  What has come out of it is an interest in future writing activities and presentations. Not only did I sell books from this presentation but I connected with an individual in my audience who has asked when I will write a book about facing the difficulties of becoming disabled. I realized with my short conversation with her that there is another book inside of me that needs to come out.

Fun Warm Up Exercise!

Pictures and descriptive words are a great way to work with writing and English. Many ESL students can do simple Haiku’s without even realizing what they are doing.

By using Pictures, descriptive words – developing word banks as a class and then formulating ideas of the picture a poem develops. The beauty of poetry is that it doesn’t require formal English patterns and can be used with beginners as well as intermediate and advanced. They enjoy it and can walk away with a finished work in a short time.


Rhythm is easy to explain to them and can be incorporated however, give allowances.


Okay let’s look at a picture: brainstorm words using season, colors, feelings, and any other descriptive words. Then individually write what you see in the picture using the word bank on the board.



Introduction Exercise: Today we will do a short Haiku poem. Here’s a picture now these are the rules:

Line 1 has five syllables

Line 2 has seven syllables

Line 1 has five syllables

You must mention a season




1) Summer is going fast.

Wish the warmth forever would last.

Cold nights returning.


2) Dew Drops on flowers.

Morning now anxiously calls.

Spring time life is here.


3) Snow covers the ground.

Winter hibernation near

White angels appear.


4) Leaves colors changing.

Summersoon will be fading

Fall will now appear.

    The audience took time to write their own and shared it with the class and we discussed the importance of sharing even if not finished.

I. Communication

            A. Develop your purpose: Everyone thinks they’re a writer!

1. Information related-forms

2. Entertainment-self- fun – notes – comics – short stories-romance

3. Communication skills- Job and life skills related – conferences

4. Specific Purpose – conference, life sharing-research – free lance writers

B. Set Your Goals

1. Purpose for writing: Everyone has a story to tell what is yours?

2. Self Publishing vs. Mainstream Publishing

3. Genre

4. Length 150 pages comfortable – then pricing changes that doesn’t mean you should stop at 150 just know where pricing breaks are.

5. Sequel – don’t tell all syndrome

6. Free Lance Writer- do you want it for a career

            C. Success

1. Write

2 Contract

3. Editing/Proof Reading/ Galley Modifications

4. Team Interaction

(Writing is something that is necessary in everyone’s day to day life, whether it is for personal use at home, job related, or community related. The degree to which a person will become involved in writing and publishing is determined by the individual’s goals. However, in Idaho as we move forward in education, technology and work progress writing is becoming a vital skill for advancement from Job placement to Management.

The more skills and technique that one has the more successful they can be!)

D. Publishing

1. Set timelines

2. Allow at least one year per publication

3. Social Networking Is a Must

4. Market yourself Who can sell you or your book better than you?

5. Soft Cover – pricing- number of pages

6. Hard Cover- pricing – number of pages

7. ebooks – Nook and Kindles

8. Pricing and shipping- number of pages – weight- know about shipping media

9. ISBN numbers- do you own yours?

10. Copyrights and Library of Congress

II. Accomplishment

  1. 1.      First Submission and Cover Design Submission
  2. 2.      Galley Corrections
  3. 3.      Galley Resubmission
  4. 4.      Final Approved Galley
  5. 5.      Cover Galley
  6. 6.      Cover Approved Galley

III. Self Publishing Vs. Main Stream

  1. 1.      Control    vs.  Rejection Letters
  2. 2.      Financial vs. Royalties differ along with initial finances
  3. 3.      Recognition is not Goal vs. Recognition is the Goal
  4. 4.      Design your own vs. Design team
  5. 5.      Self editing vs. Professional Editor/proof reader
  6. 6.      You maintain rights and control vs. Agent
  7. 7.      You do the writing, publishing, editing, marketing vs. they do Marketing , editing and publishing
  8. 8.      They work for you vs. People working with you

V. Conclusion

            1. Education – research and know everything you can

            2. Purpose – Have a written statement for why you wrote it

            3. Contracts – Don’t sign what you don’t understand

            4. Publishing- Hard work

            5. Marketing- On Going

6. Writing- The Fun Part of the Journey

7. Blog Sites vs. Websites – How much time will you devote to this?

Critical Links you Must be familiar with.


Facebook.com – Fan Page


Predators and Editors.com









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