Times have changed in the world of books. Until the turn of the century, writers chose either commercial publishing or self-publishing but in 2017 exciting and viable options are available, including co-op publishing, zines, blogging, and social media. This class will provide insight into these alternatives, but will focus on which form of publishing is right for you, how to prepare a manuscript, what to include in your submission, where to submit, whether or not to seek out an agent, and how to distribute and market your own work. The workshop is intended for amateur and professional writers.
J. D. Carpenter was born in 1948. After earning degrees from York University and Queen’s University, he worked as a journalist for the Daily Racing Form before becoming a teacher of English literature and Head of the Special Education Department at Leaside High School in Toronto, where he was employed for 25 years.
David is the author of four books of poetry – Nightfall, Ferryland Head (Missing Link Press, 1976); Swimming at Twelve Mile (Penumbra Press, 1979); Lakeview (Black Moss Press, 1990); Compassionate Travel (Black Moss Press, 1994); and five novels – The Devil in Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2001); Bright’s Kill (Dundurn Press, 2005); 74 Miles Away (Dundurn Press, 2007); Twelve Trees (Dundurn Press, 2008); and The County Murders (Cressy Lakeside Books, 2016). The Devil in Me, a Globe & Mail bestseller in 2002, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award; 74 Miles Away was nominated for a 2008 ReLit Award; Twelve Trees was #6 on Bookgasm.com’s 2008 Top Ten List of Crime Books. His interests include music, art, film and sports. Along with Peter Blendell and Shelagh Mathers, he is a founding member of the Cressy Lakeside publishing co-op. He and his wife, Karen Ralley, live in Prince Edward County.