Independent Publishers Gather for IBPA’s Publishing University: Guest Post by Alia Neaton

On April 27-28th, independent publishers, writers, and students gathered at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University 2013. Luckily for us, MAWP student Alia Neaton was in attendance all weekend, and has graciously taken the time to write up what she saw and what she learned about independent book publishing for today’s guest post. Alia says she found the conference “informative, inspiring, and helpful,” and would recommend it to anyone interested in attending next year. Thanks, Alia! 

“There are two kinds of authors,” Guy Kawasaki’s eyes leveled the crowd, “The kind who want a big advance and liars.”

Laughter filled the Monroe Room of Chicago’s Palmer hotel as the keynote speaker continued his lecture on self-publishing and his experience in the industry. Kawasaki, the former Apple evangelist and author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book, opened the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University 2013 on Friday, April 27th. With the theme of “Discoverability: How to Reach Your Readers and Sell More Books,” the not-for-profit trade association developed a two-day conference filled with leaders in the independent publishing industry, covering topics ranging from “Secrets of Successful Amazon Selling” to “Strategies for a Winning Social Media Campaign.”

Attendees bustled from session to session, learning tips from the experts and exploring the vendor tables in the Adams Room, where printers, designers, and publishers displayed their services.

Saturday’s Keynote Luncheon featured Dominique Raccah, the founder of the largest woman-owned trader publishing company, Sourcebooks. She described her humble beginnings in 1987 with one book, which, in her words, “sucked!”

In 2012, Sourcebooks sales had bloomed into nearly 8 million books sold. Raccah’s lecture distilled her experience growing the company into the success it is today. She spoke about how publishers needed to consider the experience of their readers, “Discoverability is easier if people want to talk about your book.”

According to Raccah’s formula, there are four “Fundamentals of Making a Book Publisher”:

  1. Create a really strong book
  2. Communicate
  3. Distribute
  4. Rinse and Repeat

While it sounds simple, the groundbreaking work stems from the creative aspect. With the number-one problem in publishing being the disproportionately high failure rate of books, Raccah encouraged the audience to devote attention to the book itself, listing four components to creating a stronger book:

  1. Positioning
  2. Title
  3. Content & Internal Design
  4. Cover & Packaging.

The importance of the book’s cover, title and design had also been emphasized by Guy Kawasaki the day before. In a metaphor pitting publishing against the dating industry, Kawasaki described the consideration with which readers buy e-books as less like eHarmony and more like HotOrNot.com. Readers judge books by their cover.

Raccah’s lecture proved this phenomenon when she provided examples of books that had sold only 5,000 copies until a makeover of the cover and title boosted that number to 85,000. The recurring suggestion of multiple panelists was to always involve professionals and experts in the design, copy editing, and cover art of the book. From self-publishing on Wattpad or Smashwords to distributing through BookBaby or Vook, books can increase their possibility for exposure and reception by tapping into such experts.

“Quit narrowing your possibilities, “Raccah urged, “Create books that inspire you.” Her lecture closed with the insistence that she wanted her presentation to be from heart, “It’s about, in the end, touching people.”

For more information about the Independent Book Publishers Association, visit ibpa-online.org

For a copy of the full 2013 program, visit ibpapublishinguniversity.com/sessions-2013.

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MAE and MAWP Students Presenting at the Spring English Conference

Twenty-five MAE and MAWP students have been selected to present at the upcoming Fourth Annual Spring English Conference, which will be taking place on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Organized by Maria Hlohowskyj (MAWP) and Emily Todd (MAE), the conference features fifteen panels of student presenters and a keynote address by MAWP alumnae Rita Leganski. 

In the spirit of academic fellowship, we welcome everyone to attended the event and support the presenters. Panels will run from 1:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the fourth floor of Arts & Letters Hall, with refreshments provided. The keynote address will begin at 7 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall’s first floor auditorium.

A complete schedule of panel presenters will be posted on the conference page soon.

Please join the English Department in congratulating the graduate student presenters, listed below:

  • Jared Gerling MAWP
  • Jillian Merrifield MAWP
  • Amanda Diana MAWP
  • Christine Roche MAE
  • Raul Palma MAWP
  • Sara Patek MAWP
  • Stephanie Sylverne MAWP
  • Katie Hunsberger MAWP
  • Dara Miller MAE
  • Emily Todd MAE
  • Amanda Stewart MAE
  • Carrie Mocarski MAE
  • Maria Hlohowskyj MAWP
  • Vincent Moyet MAE
  • Meredith Boe MAWP
  • Michael Van Kerckhove MAWP
  • Tiffany Scarola MAE
  • Tracey Hulstein MAWP
  • Lisa Applegate MAWP
  • Mame M. Kwajie MAWP
  • Tim Hillegonds MAWP
  • Mirna Velic MAWP
  • Maria Genovese MAWP
  • David Mathews MAWP
  • Alia Neaton MAWP

Keep your eyes and browser windows open for more details. We hope to see you there next week!

Job Openings at the UCWbL, Two Upcoming Conferences, & More

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is now hiring undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2013/2014 academic year. Please visit depaul.edu/writing/who/join_staff to learn all about this unique opportunity for student employment and get the complete application instructions.

In addition, the UCWbL will be hosting two open house events where prospective employees can find out more about working at the UCWbL and meet members of our staff and administration:

  • Loop Campus: Monday, April 15th | 4-5:30pm | 1600 Lewis
  • Lincoln Park Campus: Tuesday, April 16th | 4-5:30pm | 250 McGaw

Applications are due on April 29th, 2013 by noon.

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DePaul’s Office of Adult, Commuter, and Veteran Students Affairs is pleased to announce their upcoming Conference for Students with ASA Conference for Students 0189_8 5 x 11Children. This half-day mini-conference on May 4th will allow students that have children to network with other like students and gain valuable information and resources through keynotes, sessions, and much more.

At the conference families will participate in a number of activities and workshops. Topics will include early childhood education, managing stress, spirituality, long term planning, and pursuing your passion while you parent. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring
their family members. Child friendly activities to be announced, and free child-care will also be available.

The keynote speaker will be Art Munin, author of Color by Number: Understanding Racism though Facts and Stats.

This event is free and open to all students who have a child and their immediate family guests, but registration is required by April 29th.

More information and registration can be found at: studentaffairs.depaul.edu/adultstudentservices/Students_with_Children_Conference

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DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies & Master of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies programs would like to announce a call for papers and presentations for their 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago, Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City. The conference will take place from October 10-12th, 2012, in Chicago, and proposals are due on June 1st, 2013.

UrbanGatewaysCall for Papers

Cities have always been gateways to new dreams. For past and present global migrants, ethnic enclaves beckon with foods, houses of worship, and shops that provide the atmosphere of home, and buffer the transition to hybrid identity. But how does the immigration experience differ today from that of the past? What factors drive immigration today, and what new forms of urban culture do they create? How do economic, political and social issues impact the urban immigrant experience?

The 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago invites papers that explore immigrant life in cities large and small through history, the social sciences, literature and the arts. Papers may be based in particular disciplines, but special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are
welcome.

Presentations should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material.

Please complete the Presentation Proposal Form found at aglsp.org including a 1-2 page Abstract. Please supply all the required information, save the form to your file and attach it to an email to David Gitomer (dgitomer@depaul.edu), MALS & IDS Director at DePaul University, by June 1st, 2013. Additional information about the conference can be found at aglsp.org.

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fuguecontestFugue Literary Journal is currently accepting submissions for their annual writing contest. Our judges are Claudia Emerson (poetry) and Duff Brenna (prose). First place in each genre will receive $1,000, and all entries are considered for publication.  The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2013, and more information can be found on their website at www.fuguejournal.org.

Extended Deadline, Visiting Writers Program, & More

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If you haven’t yet submitted your work to the Fourth Annual Spring English Conference, you’re in luck!

The submissions deadline has officially been extended to Monday, April 8th, at 11:59 p.m.

Submission guidelines remain the same and you can find them here.

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The Visiting Writers Program has two exciting on-campus readings taking place this week.

On this Thursday, April 4th, poet Jay Baron Nicorvo will be reading from his book Deadbeat at 6:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Richardson Library. You can read the complete details on our previous post.

On Monday, April 8th, the Visiting Writers Program will host a reading with DePaul’s own Prof. Ted Anton. Anton will be reading from his new book, The Longevity Seekers, at 6:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Richardson Library.

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Anton has spent years interviewing and working with scientists at the frontier of longevity science, and his book offers a behind-the-scenes look at their state-of-the-art research and the impact it might have on global health, society, and even our friends and family. Brenda Fowler, author of Iceman, describes The Longevity Seekers as, “A lively and at times humorous account of the search for the ‘longevity genes,’ told from the perspective of the pioneers in the field. Anyone with an interest in the new science of aging or the ways in which business and the media influence science is sure to enjoy this book.”

All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), a Chicago-area youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people by offering free after-school enrichment, mentoring, clinical counseling, and crisis intervention to more than 850 low-income youth annually, is pleased to announce its Inspire Fellows Program for the summer of 2013. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.’s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one of three areas: arts and literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics.

Primary responsibilities of Inspire Fellows include:

  • Develop and facilitate youth activities in your chosen area that promote academic, social, and emotional development
  • Supervise youth activities in a safe, sensitive, developmentally appropriate, positive manner
  • Maintain positive, supportive relationships with youth
  • Nurture supportive relationships with parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and community representatives
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and volunteers within Y.O.U., and with others in the community who offer information about, resources for, or services to young people in Evanston
  • Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for continuous improvement in Y.O.U. programming

The Fellowship experience offers a unique opportunity for growth for students thinking about a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Fellows have close supervision of their work and are provided with both formal and informal feedback to help them grow. In this way, fellows develop their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of youth development, and build their non-profit management skills.

The Fellowship runs full time from June 10 through August 16. The first week offers Fellows a comprehensive orientation and training on Y.O.U., non-profit management, and positive youth development. The next nine weeks consist of high-impact summer programming.

The Fellowship offers a stipend of $1,000. (Y.O.U. is also glad to provide documentation to any students who receive support from their universities for summer employment with a non-profit organization).

For more information and to apply, visit www.inspirefellowsprogram.org. For questions, contact Kathryn Cai at kathryn.cai@youevanston.org or 847-866-1200 ext. 247.

Alumni News & A Conference Invitation

jimkrauscatIn Alumni News: Jim Kraus (MAW 2008) is pleased to announce the publication of his 22nd book, a novel entitled The Cat That God Sent. It will be released this spring by Abingdon Press.

His previous novel with Abingdon, The Dog That Talked to God, spent two months on the CBA Best Seller list. Congratulations, Jim.

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The Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario, is pleased to present (Re)Activating Objects: Social (Re)Activating-Objects_POSTERTheory and Material Culture, a three-day interdisciplinary graduate conference, and has extended a special invitation to all DePaul graduate students. Taking place from March 1-3, 2013, the conference will bring together presenters from across Canada and the United States to look at the fundamental and theoretical questions about the systemic structure of our socio-cultural-economic worlds.

The weekend will start off on Friday, March 1st with a keynote talk by Dr. Lane Relyea, Chair of Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University and editor of Art Journal, on social contracts, DIY Culture, and everyday art. Following this, the McIntosh Gallery is hosting a Friday night reception, and everyone is invited to attend. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with 60 conference presentations. For more information about the conference program, check out: reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com/abstracts.

If you are interested in attending, please register online at reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com/registrationRegistration is FREE, and it includes admission to the Friday-night reception, admission to the sessions, and coffee and snacks throughout the weekend.

Student News, Call for Papers, and Gulf Coast Writing Contest

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, who has won first place in the Mary Mackey Short Story contest for his story “Amaranthus.” As the first place winner of this competition, Raul has been invited to read his story in San Francisco in March and was awarded a $100 prize. As we posted earlier in Student News, “Amaranthus” is also scheduled to be published in 34th Parallel Magazine. You can find out more about the Mary Mackey Short Story prize and other contests in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition at soulmakingcontest.us/story.

Congratulations as well to Paul Byrd and Marie Pabelonio, both MAWP, who have just finished their first book editing project. The Cobbler and the Cricket and Other Tales of Faith by George Reynolds, OP was published last week by New Priory Press. Paul served as project editor and Marie was copy and design editor. You can learn about and purchase the book at createspace.com/4103457.

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The 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference has issued a Call for Proposals and Participation: In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18th, 2013. The submission deadline for the conference is in just one short week, February 1st, 2013. Conference registration is now available at niu.edu/allerton/registration/index.

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions and presentations, takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, the two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

In honor of the reopening of the long-closed main entrance bridge to the Allerton Park, the theme will be Bridging the Divides, in the context of articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. This year’s theme challenges participants to bridge some of the traditional gaps or divides we face by investigating, discussing, and perhaps even deconstructing binaries such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • composition vs. literature
  • practice vs. assessment
  • teaching vs. administration
  • dream vs. reality
  • rural vs. urban
  • white vs. minority
  • traditional vs. nontraditional
  • print vs. digital
  • community college vs. university
  • student preparation vs. teacher expectation
  • collaboration vs. confrontation
  • public perception vs. faculty experience
  • career-oriented vs. life-long learning
  • process vs. product

Millie Davis, Director of the Division of Communications and Affiliate Services for NCTE, will be giving the keynote address, “The Case for College Composition: Bridging the Divide Between What the Public Things and What the Faculty Knows.”

Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading communities, and technology. Rather than formal paper-reading, Allerton envisions more informal discussion and interaction. Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, proposals for both panel and individual presentations are invited, as well as discussion roundtables, which will then be grouped topically into a series of 50-minute roundtables and panels.

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your roundtable or panel presentation proposal to AllertonConference@niu.edu by February 1st, 2013. Those accepted will be notified by March 1st, 2013.

You can also find the Allerton Conference on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present.

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The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is now accepting entries in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!

The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on Gulf Coast’s website as Online Exclusives. All three of last year’s winners were from creative writing programs.

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2013, and all entrants receive a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. Gulf Coast accepts submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Please see below for more contest details or visit gulfcoastmag.org/contests.

CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each submission must be uploaded separately as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
  • After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your $23 reading fee, which includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. You do not need a PayPal account to submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your payment.

CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre. Remember to pay the additional entry fee each time.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:

Gulf Coast
ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $23 reading fee for each entry, payable to “Gulf Coast.”

Last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Joyelle McSweeney (Poetry), Victor LaValle (Fiction), and Jenny Boully (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay), are available at gulfcoastmag.org: Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Poetry, Lo Kwa Mei-en; Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Fiction, Geetha Iyer; and Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, Emily Watson.

Author Lois Leveen on Campus, & Two Calls for Papers

Telling Secrets_DePaulThis Monday, writer Lois Leveen will be speaking at an event sponsored by The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, a recent novel about a historical figure, Mary Bowser, a freed slave who later became a Union spy.

Leveen’s talk, entitled “Telling Secrets: Mary Bowser, Race, Gender, and American History,” will take place this Monday, January 28th, at 4 p.m. in the Rosati Room (room 300) of the Richardson Library. This event is free and open to the public. Click to enlarge the flyer for more information.

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The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to extend an invitation for proposals to their annual student conference, “Spread the WoRD.” This year’s conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students from all academic departments looking for a forum to share their original research and projects. As a department invested in language practices, past topics have been shaped by students’ wide-varying professional and academic goals and have included presentations, panels, projects, or demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Global English Usage
  • Rhetorical Analyses of Political and Professional Acts
  • Technical Communication
  • Multimodality
  • The Analog Book and Craft
  • Digital Storytelling in Organizations
  • Rhetoric
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Web Design or Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Essay Writing
  • Social/Political Movements
  • Writing Center Pedagogy
  • Gender and Identity
  • Social Media

Contributors should plan for their presentations to be about 15-20 minutes long. Spread the WoRD is dedicated to providing students with a critical and productive forum for academic growth and professional development. As a student-run conference, Spread the WoRD presents students with a low-stakes opportunity to gain experience presenting in a conference, while receiving feedback from peers and faculty. It’s also a great way to mingle and collaborate with fellow students working on innovative and exceptional projects.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a 300-word-max abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.

If you are interested in receiving feedback on a presentation idea or have questions, please email WRD’s Graduate Assistant Amy Hubbard at ahubbar5@depaul.edu.

Please send proposals and inquiries to: WRDgraduateconference@gmail.com or visit SpreadtheWRD.wordpress.com.

All proposals are due April 15th, 2013.

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The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research, a branch of the DePaul Writing Center, is accepting proposals through April 15th, 2013, for their annual e-magazine, Global Voices.  Click on the flyer below to see the complete Call for Papers outlining the kind of material accepted.

Global Voices CFP

Submissions from all students, staff, and faculty are welcome. As a showcase for multilingual writers, Global Voices accepts a broad range of genres. Please direct any questions to cmwr@depaul.edu. You can view the previous issue of Global Voices at: depaul.digication.com/globalvoicesvolume2/Table_of_Contents.