Workshops and Webinars

This is where you can learn about workshops or courses I’m teaching and webinars I’m presenting. Webinars and workshops range from beginner level to advanced. Some are specifically about publishing books, others are about software and tools that can be used in any type of publishing, including traditional publishing, self-publishing and technical communication publishing.


 

Design & Publish eBooks with FrameMaker

schedule a live or virtual classroom course for groups or organizations

contact for pricing & scheduling details

OVERVIEW

In this Adobe FrameMaker course you’ll learn how to create reflowable ebooks in epub, .mobi for Kindle, and PDF formats. This course is customized with your needs in mind. Whether you are an expert FrameMaker user or just need training for formatting and outputting ebooks, this course takes you step-by-step through the process with live demonstrations.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between reflowable and fixed format eBooks
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of eBook formats
  • Understand the different eBook formats and what works on each e-reading device
  • Understand how to style and format documents for the eBook platform
  • Understand how to publish each ebook format

Course Format

  • 1 or 2-day course
  • live at your location or in a virtual classroom
  • 2-10 learners per classroom/course
  • hands-on training

Create an Author Newsletter with MailChimp

for individuals or groups

$99/learner

contact to schedule your course

OVERVIEW

In this course you’ll learn how to create that all-important personal contact with your readers. With a personalized email newsletter, you have direct contact with your readers. They want to know when your next book will be released, where you’ll be appearing online and in person, and your tips and tricks for writing a bestseller. You’ll learn how to create an email list, how to design a template that you’ll use each time you send out an email newsletter, and how to use MailChimp to send regular emails to your readers.

MailChimp has a FREE version for up to 2,000 subscribers to your list. You’ll learn how to create an email list, how to design a template that you’ll use each time you send out an email newsletter, and how to use MailChimp to send regular emails to your readers.

Learning Objectives

  • understand how to create an email list
  • understand how to add readers to your email list
  • understand how to create email campaigns
  • understand how to design an email template
  • understand how to personalize your newsletter with your reader’s name
  • understand how to schedule email newsletters to send at a specified date and time

Course Format

  • half-day course
  • virtual classroom
  • 1-10 learners per classroom/course
  • hands-on training

What Does Tech Comm Have To Do With…

presented in partnership with APCOMTEC

FREE April 15, 2016, Porto, Portugal

4 p.m. (16h00 WET)

Register here

OVERVIEW

Writing, editing, marketing, public relations, translation. Communication skills are transferable and technical communication skills play an important role in all of these professions.

In this workshop, we’ll define technical communication and examine the core skills that define the role of a technical communicator in a variety of communication professions.

Then it’s your turn. In an interactive session, you’ll inventory and analyze your personal skills related to communication and propose areas where your skills will be useful in a variety of communication fields. This session will include open discussion and presentation of your personal analysis with group and instructor feedback.


 

EBOOK CREATION WORKSHOP

presented in partnership with STC Online Education

11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Registration for this workshop is closed.

OVERVIEW

In this course, learn how to format and convert your documents into the EPUB format used on the iPad, Nook, iPhone, Kobo, tablets, and other electronic reading devices and the MOBI format used on Kindle. We will discuss eBook design considerations and work through step-by-step tutorials for conversion and validation. I will be available during and outside of course time for questions and for troubleshooting assignments. Participants will have access to a forum for sharing and helping one another with assignments.

You will need

  • access to an authoring tool capable of outputting html files. Adobe InDesign or FrameMaker is recommended. You may use any tool that outputs html files, as long as you are familiar with working with html files
  • a plain text editor
  • a document with several chapters that can be used for your eBook project

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between reflowable and fixed format eBooks
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of eBook formats
  • Understand eBook formats
  • Understand how to style and format documents for the eBook platform
  • Understand how to convert documents to eBooks
  • Understand how to modify and verify EPUB files

Sessions and Work Requirements

  • Four weekly 90-minute online lectures/discussions
  • Weekly homework assignments leading to a completed project

Intended Audience

This course is intended for beginner-level eBook creation. To be successful in this course you should have some experience using a documentation tool to format and style a document. Although course instruction will be visualized using Adobe InDesign and/or FrameMaker, students may use any tool that has the ability to output to html. The same principles apply. For those experienced in writing or editing html, even a text editor will work. However, this course will not delve into coding, but is rather intended for the beginner, using authoring tools. We will do some very basic html editing, but knowing html is not a requirement.

If your schedule does not permit you to attend the live sessions in this course, reconsider registering; participation is key to success in this course. While scheduling conflicts may unexpectedly arise, you should plan to participate in each weekly session.

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Session 1: Understanding eBook Formats

Assignment: Document selection and preparation

We will cover the following topics:

  • overview of eBook publishing
  • eReading devices
  • eBook and electronic publishing formats
  • reflowable vs. fixed format eBooks
  • interactive elements in eBooks
  • tools for creating eBooks
  • eBook publishing outlets

Session 2: Formatting Documents for eBook Output

Assignment: Style, format, and structure document

This session will cover the following key concepts:

  • design and eReader considerations
  • designing eBooks
  • document structure and organization
  • inserting page/chapter breaks
  • character and paragraph styles
  • font choices for eBooks
  • document anatomy
  • eBook covers and images

Session 3: Converting Documents to EPUB and MOBI File Formats

Assignment: Convert document to EPUB format (MOBI conversion not required for course completion)

This session will be practical with step-by-step tutorials for the follow tasks:

  • eBook cover size, format, and preparation
  • converting documents to MOBI
  • converting documents to EPUB
  • tool considerations

Session 4: Finalizing and Verifying EPUB Files

Assignment: Edit and verify EPUB files and submit for evaluation

This session cover the following topics and tasks:

  • anatomy of an EPUB file
  • EPUB file editing/modification
  • adding/editing metadata
  • verifying EPUB files using IDPF guidelines

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