Monday, April 18, 2016

Two Presentations in One Week!

Andrew Doty presents to SLPA members
photo thanks to Warren Martin

English degrees don't typically involve a lot of presentations. I think I could count the number of in-front-of-the-class presentations I gave during my undergrad on one hand — and most of them were in foreign language classes.

Suffice it to say I've never delivered any comprehensive slideshow presentations, and no presentations at all for many years. But last week, I gave two.

The first, on Wednesday, was part of an Author Resources Guide organized by Kevin Ericson for the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA). It had an attendance of about fifty and a panel of myself, book designer Peggy Nehman, and author and book marketing whiz Bob Baker. I presented a rush of resources for the audience, over forty slides in under 20 minutes. Whew!

The second presentation, Saturday morning, was part of a workshop put on by the St. Louis Publishers Association at St. Louis Community College, "How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know." Thirty people signed up (and asked lots of great questions). I gave an Editing 101 crash course in about 25 minutes, covering:
  1. What editing is.
  2. Why you need to edit.
  3. Why you need editors.
  4. How to find good editors.
  5. How to work well with editors.
  6. How to edit your own writing.
I think I did okay! At least I didn't melt down, and if I let loose any spoonerisms, I didn't hear myself and no one pointed it out!

It was encouraging to feel confident enough in the thoroughness of my editing style sheets, practices, experience, and mental notes that I felt competent enough to present and answer questions. And I met a lot of great people through it!

Many thanks to the SLPA for putting on these two great events. Both slideshows will be available to SLPA members on the SLPA website.

I heard a lot of interesting questions from people in unique publishing situations, and I loved putting my mind to work and pondering over good solutions with with the other panel members. I loved it so much I want to do it some more! So please, post some questions in the comments below! What do you want to know?


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    1. I'll make more detailed posts about them in the future, and I'll link them here when I do! :)

  2. I get up in front of 90 or so people a month and do mini presentations. I have done a 45 minute talk once about philosophy and politics - yep I would love to talk about writing and the creative process. But I don't. I talk about training bus drivers and safety. LOL. Ugh! I'm glad you got to present/talk/teach about what you love. I would consider making a video of it. Perhaps export the slides in a video and narrate/elaborate on it. It is something of value. Put it on your youtube or vimeo channel (or mine ;0) ). - AGB

    1. Allen, you have a mountain of knowledge about story structure and character and world building that I'm sure lots of other writers would love to hear...