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New Faculty Discussion Group: Print on Demand (POD) Self Publishing and Alternative Publishing Models

MSU faculty, academic staff, and academic administrators are invited to take part in a new faculty discussion group on Print on Demand (POD) Self Publishing and Alternate Publishing Models in Academia. The MSU Libraries are organizing the group in response to faculty request.

Discussion topics will include: advantages and disadvantages of alternative models; resources for editing, design, indexing and production; marketing through professional organizations and trade associations; distribution through non-traditional channels, and more.

Location: Main Library, North Conference Room (W449)

The group will continue in Spring term, on the last Wednesday of the month from January to April (January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, 2013.)

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Jones or phone 517-884-0910.

Spring 2013 schedule

Authors - the new publishers

Joe Grimm, MSU School of Journalism
Wednesday, January 30, 4 PM

New publishing techniques make it possible for everyone who writes to publish books. MSU Journalism instructor Joe Grimm has published eight books using several methods, including the academic press, print on demand, working directly with publishers, multi-platform digital publishing, and working with small publishers. Come figure out how to publish your next book!

Digital publishing: looking under the hood

Dànielle DeVoss, Dept of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Wednesday, February 27, 4 PM

Publishing in online academic journals or trade magazines can take you outside the traditional comfort zone for authors! Graphic design, HTML coding, and working with databases are just a few of the elements of digital writing you may encounter when you leave the safe haven of traditional print journals. In this session, we'll dissect several online publications, walk through the processes and dynamics of digital publishing, and talk about tools and resources to support digital writing work. Dànielle DeVoss teaches professional writing in MSU's Dept. of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures.

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