You’ve been writing furiously through the month of November, wrapping up what may be the next Great American Novel — now what?
Whether you’re writing a novel or compiling a family cookbook, the final goal is generally to see the book in print. To help in that endeavor, the Palouse Writer’s Guild is offering a book building workshop that will walk participants through each step in publishing a copy of their work.
Led by Moscow and Pullman writers who have published books of their own, the workshop is a practical one.
“It’s a doing workshop,” said Khaliela Wright, workshop coordinator and presenter.
That means each person who has brought all of the necessary files and a laptop should be able to click “print” at the end of the three hours. Those who do can expect to receive their book in the mail two weeks later — just in time for Christmas.
Although the workshop is intended for NaNoWriMo writers who are curious about their next steps, Wright said, it’s also an opportunity for those who want to print recipes, poems, family stories or whatever else might be given as Christmas gifts.
Those with an existing manuscript are most likely to benefit from the workshop, said Jay Dearien, workshop presenter. Whether book copies are for an agent, market or beta readers, printing through a self-publishing company like Lulu.com — the company the workshop will use — is cheaper than printing manuscript copies at a copy store.
Each of the presenters at the workshop specializes in a different area. Dearien, with a professional background in databases, will talk about how to get files organized and how to keep track of various versions during the printing process. Learning from someone else’s experience, rather than trial and error, can save both time and money.
“You can get through 95 percent of it, but then there’s the annoying little details,” Dearien said.
Besides file management, the workshop will walk participants through formatting the inside pages, book cover options, formatting the book spine and the importance of ISBN and bar codes.
Workshop participants are asked to bring a laptop with a power cord, along with print-ready digital files, whether as multiple or single files in Microsoft Word, Google Docs or a PDF formatted to the correct printing size. Those who wish to include maps, illustrations or other images in their book should bring high-resolution versions of those graphic files.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Build a Book Workshop
WHEN: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 2
WHERE: 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow
COST: $15, space is limited to 40 people, register online at www.meetup.com/Palouse-Writers-Guild/ or contact Khaliela Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with other NaNoWriMo writers
Looking for some camaraderie as you push to get your novel written by the end of the month? The Palouse Writer’s Guild website can help connect you with one of the weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins offered in Pullman, Moscow and Lewiston. Visit www.meetup.com/Palouse-Writers-Guild for more information.