Along with the recent purchase and launch of its Espresso Book Machine (EBM) and formation of Asquith Press for self-publishers, The Toronto Reference Library is offering a FREE workshop with Instructor Nina Munteanu on how to format the interior of your book in preparation for printing on the EBM.
Create and publish your book with Asquith Press, the library’s new book printing service. This tutorial-style workshop will cover the basic steps needed to create a text block fit for publication (cover preparation is not covered in this workshop). Learn the layout, formatting and design tools you need to meet industry standards and prepare a text block for printing.? ?The workshop is suitable for those just beginning in text layout, although a basic knowledge of Word is required. Bring a USB flash drive to take home materials from the course.
Using an unformatted Microsoft Word version of one of her professionally published books, Instructor Nina Munteanu coaches writers and self-publishers through the steps to professionally format their book interior. The workshop includes a demonstration of the EBM.
Classes have already started. The next class is Monday, July 14th, 2-4pm
To register for a class, contact the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library (AsquithPress@torontopubliclibrary.ca) or call the library at 416-393-7007. You can also go to the website and register online. Classes are free.
Nina Munteanu is an award-winning novelist and short story writer and teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. She is traditionally published but also helps run a small indie press, where she writes, designs and formats text interiors.
More about the EBM and Self-Publishing:
“The most recent in a series of workshops called ‘Writers Take Flight’ by internationally renowned author and UofT writing instructor Nina Munteanu, was held on Saturday March 29th at Flight Café … Nina focused on self-editing and revisions and, for those who have waded into the oft murky waters of novel writing, she covers ten things you need to consider when revising your work. From ‘taking a break’ for a couple of weeks from what you think is the finished product (so you can look at it with fresh eyes and revise accordingly) to coming up with a believable plot that will then lead to the creation of interesting characters who have both depth and range and are neither one dimensional or infallible.
If you’re a serious writer of fiction or non fiction, these workshops would be invaluable in helping you along the way. And, if you can’t make it to one of her workshops, don’t despair, you will find everything you need on a six hour set of three DVDs called ‘The Writers Toolkit’, which you can buy directly from Nina: email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.”–Article and Photos by Frank McKinney, SNAPD, May 2014
You can read the entire article “Writers Workshop: Self-Editing & Revisions” by Frank McKinney in Snapd here.
The 10 steps to successful revision include:
- Let your work breathe
- Dig deep
- Take inventory
- Highlight the surges
- Purge and unclutter
- Check Point of View
- Make a plot promise
- Deepen your characters
- Write scenes (show, don’t tell)
- Be concrete
You can read about these ten steps and more in Nina’s ebook “What Writers Need to Know About Self-Editing & Revisions” for sale on Amazon.com for $2.99.
The seventh of a series of short books on writing craft and publishing for writers, this collection of papers provides instruction on the process of self-editing and revision, including the 10-step checklist. Topics covered include: exposition, simplifying, voice, language, POV, show vs. tell and knowing when you’re finished.