May 202014

Oh what a difference a few days make! A week ago it looked and felt like a winter landscape here in northern Indiana. The sky was dark with clouds, the trees were bare, and we were running our RV’s furnace to keep warm. Yesterday it was nice enough for short sleeves, folks were out walking around, doors were open and the trees were full of leaves. We’re supposed to see 80 degrees the next few days. Has spring finally sprung?

I had a nice turnout for my first self-publishing workshop yesterday and I think it was a success, based upon the feedback forms I received and talking to the attendees. There were 20 people in the audience, they asked a lot of questions, and the schedule seemed to work out very well.

Nick Self-Publishing Workshop

We started at 10 a.m., and in the morning session we covered things like blogging, niche booklets and guides, niche publications, weekly newspapers and shoppers. I knew that as RVers some of that wouldn’t fit the audience, but if I go forward with this and present to other people it may be something they would consider. On the other hand, a lot of them were interested in blogging and how to monetize a blog.

After a break from noon to 1 p.m., we resumed and moved into self-publishing books and e-books. This was what most of the folks came to hear, and hopefully I shared some good information with them that got their creative juices flowing and helped them realize the opportunities independent authors have these days. The workshop ended a little before 4 p.m., pretty much right on schedule. Thank you to everybody who participated, I really appreciate you giving me so much of your time and sharing your feedback.

Jim Guld from Geeks on Tour tried to upload the workshop as it happened, but there wasn’t enough bandwidth for that to work. Meanwhile, John Huggins from Living the RV Dream was recording the event with a video cam. I have not seen it yet, but he said during the morning session the audio wasn’t good, but apparently he changed microphones for the afternoon session and said it was much better. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

This workshop focused on making money with different self-published work but did not go into the technical side of things. Today Chris Guld is going to have a workshop on the nuts and bolts of blogging; comparing Blogger and WordPress, how to set up a blog, options for blog themes and things like that.

Several people who were in the workshop picked up bundles of sample copies of the Gypsy Journal to distribute in their travels, and then when I got back to the motorhome a few others came by to pick up bundles. All that work made me tired, so I took a well deserved nap while Miss Terry made a delicious pasta dinner. All in all, it was a great day.

Thought For The Day – It’s never too late to turn it all around.

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  4 Responses to “Has Spring Finally Sprung?”

  1. Nick, Stevi and i would like to thank you for putting this on. I thought that for your first effort it was done very well. Even though there were a few things that we personally weren’t interested in doing, it was never boring and we did learn how they worked and were set up. With the examples that you gave of what was possible, i think you gave us the inspiration to go ahead with something that we started a long time ago and had given up on due to the way the publishing business was back then.

  2. Thank you for the workshop NIck. We both learned a lot about today’s “publishing” business and perhaps someone we’ll attempt a project. I thought the presentation went very well for your first presentation toward a diverse crowd. We probably had less experience with many of the topics than most anyone else in the class, but we certainly learned a lot of useful information on several subjects.
    Because the workshop included a wide variety of subject material, I believe that you’ll always have some folks that are more interested in certain aspects of the class than others.
    Being as we were so new to the subjects, we were able to absorb something from many different areas.
    Thank you again for putting this workshop on.

  3. Nick, so envious of all the folks who were able to attend, wish I’d been there. Having said that, do you feel this went well enough that you’re gonna be doing it again? Like maybe at the Mar 2015 Escapee rally in Tuscon next year? Regardless, it sounded like it went well for you, and I’m wishing you more success with it in the future.

  4. Thank you Ed and Steve. I’m glad you found it worth your time and that you learned a thing or two.

    Charley, I’ll continue to refine the presentation and look seriously at doing one in Tucson if the logistics work out.

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