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Author Reading and Book Signing for The Point Between
Village Books, Bellingham, WA

Friday, 25 March 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Village Books
1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, United States

Join me at Village Books for an author book signing of my new novel, The Point Between. Village Books is in the lovely Fairhaven historical district of Bellingham, full of wonderful independent shops and restaurants. Village Books itself is attached to Book Fare Café, on the mezzanine level of the store, and The Colophon, in the building adjacent to their Readings Gallery.

Author Reading and Book Signing for The Point Between
Point Roberts, WA

Saturday, 14 November 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Point Roberts Public Library
1487 Gulf Rd, Point Roberts, WA 98281, United States

Join me at the Point Roberts library for an author reading and book signing of my new novel, The Point Between. We’ll be in the dining room of the community center, adjacent to the library. See the Whatcom County Library listing here.

Self-Publishing Fair

Saturday, 28 February 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Join me and seven other presenters as we discuss self-publishing from several perspectives. I’ll be presenting at 11:30: The Biggest Obstacles the Self-Published Author Faces and How to Overcome Them. Organized by the Federation of B.C. Writers.

Changes to Self-Publishing: New Obstacles, New Opportunities

Monday, 1 December 2014
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Significant changes have altered the self-publishing landscape, and decisions taking effect in 2015 will further impact the market. Whether new to self-publishing or already established, authors need to know about potential obstacles and new opportunities. Join author and self-publishing consultant M. A. Demers for an overview of developments, strategies for success, and the chance to win a self-publishing package. Copies of The Global Indie Author: Your Guide to the World of Self-Publishing will be available at a reduced rate.

NOTE: This is a repeat and expansion of the program held on 20 October.

Major Changes Sweeping the Self-Publishing Industry – What You Need to Know

Monday, 20 October 2014
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library
Alma Van Dusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Significant changes have altered the self-publishing landscape, and decisions taking effect in 2015 will further impact the market. Whether new to self-publishing or already established, authors need to know about potential problems and new opportunities. Join international self-publishing consultant M. A. Demers for an overview of developments, the launch of the third edition of The Global Indie Author: Your Guide to the World of Self-Publishing, and the chance to win a consulting package. For more information please contact: Programming and Learning Services at info@vpl.ca or 604-331-3603.

Introduction to Self-Publishing

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

Join the panel presentation of professional self-publishers as they share their knowledge and professional experiences of self-publishing within the book industry.

Registration info here.

E-publishing: Where? How? How Much?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
New Westminster Library
716 6th Avenue
New Westminster, BC,V3M 2B3

Ebook self-publishing has opened the door for writers to come into their own. But can you truly do it all yourself or do you need help, and what will it cost? Join M. A. Demers, author of The Global Indie Author: How anyone can self-publish in the U.S. and worldwide markets, for an overview of the issues and technologies you will encounter when e-publishing on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and other e-retailers worldwide. Sponsored by the Royal City Literary Arts Society and the Library.  Register at 604-527-4667 or listener@nwpl.ca.

Introduction to Self-Publishing: Changes Since Her Last Talk

Join M.A.Demers, author of The Global Indie Author: how anyone can self publish in the U.S. and worldwide markets. Ms Demers will use her book, now in its second edition, as a launching point for a discussion on dramatic changes to the self-publishing industry.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
1:00 to 3:00 pm (with time for questions until I have to run for the ferry)
Gibsons & District Public Library
470 South Fletcher Road
Gibsons, BC  V0N 1V0
RSVP Required: 604 886 2130

Print & eBook Self-Publishing: The Business Side

Self-publishing is not just a creative choice, it is also a business decision, yet many indie authors rush into self-publishing without recognizing this fact. In this course you will learn what is expected of a Canadian ‘indie’ author with regards to: editing and design costs; the ISBN system and how to open a Library and Archives Canada account; copyright, trademark, and libel laws; digital rights management; distribution and royalties; and income tax on foreign earnings. Time permitting, this course wraps up with a discussion on marketing strategies. Michelle Demers is the self-published author of the nonfiction book The Global Indie Author, now in its second edition.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Continuing Education,
Capilano University
North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

To register, click here.

Print & eBook Self-Publishing: The Technical Side

Many authors fear they have to learn complex technical skills in order to produce their own books, but this is not the case! You can produce a basic digital or print book using familiar tools such as MS Word. You will learn the principles of manuscript formatting for ebooks and print, cover and interior image requirements, converting your manuscript to Kindle and the ePub format using free software, and how to test your ebooks before publishing. Takeaway handouts will be provided. Those of you who wish to try out the techniques during instruction may bring your laptop to class. Michelle Demers is the indie author of the novel Baby Jane.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Continuing Education,
Capilano University
North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

To register, click here.

Self-Publishing Fair, Vancouver

Saturday, March 3, 2013
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Federation of BC Writers
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Alice MacKay Room
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

At 1:45 I will be giving a presentation on “The Most Common Mistakes the Self-Published Author Makes and How to Avoid Them” and will be there all day to answer questions.

The Latest on eBooks

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Plenary Session:  3:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Creative Non-Fiction Collective Annual Conference 2012
Carey Centre, University of British Columbia
5920 Iona Drive, Vancouver, V6T 1J6

Open to CNFC Members only

A session on the ebook – a survey of recent developments, market conditions, contract changes; also: how to convert your published books into ebook formats, how to market them, costs and earnings, what’s selling and where, etc.

How to Self-Publish to eBooks and Print

Saturday, March 31, 2012
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Continuing Education,
Capilano University
North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

Registration is now open.

Learn the in’s and out’s of self-publishing in this content-packed, practical workshop. This course looks at self-publishing for both ebooks and print, covering such topics as: manuscript editing, formatting and ebook conversion; errors and omissions research; ISBNs and print distribution; royalties and U.S. withholding tax; marketing techniques; and how to avoid self-publishing scams.

An Introduction to Self-Publishing

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Richmond Public Library
#100 – 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC V6Y 1R8
Canada

The phenomenally rapid growth of self-publishing, in particular e-publishing, has taken the world by storm. Whether as an end in itself, a stepping stone to traditional publishing, or a means for established writers to republish out-of-print titles, self-publishing provides new opportunities for writers. Join me to learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the skills you will need to succeed, and the resources available. Copies of The Global Indie Author will be available at a special event rate. Copies of my novel, Baby Jane, will also be for sale.

Introduction to Self-Publishing, with author and self-publisher M.A. Demers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30 pm
Gibsons & District Public Library
470 South Fletcher Road
Gibsons, BC  V0N 1V0
RSVP Required: 604 886 2130

An Introduction to Self-Publishing

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch,
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

The phenomenally rapid growth of self-publishing, in particular e-publishing, has taken the world by storm. Whether as an end in itself, a stepping stone to traditional publishing, or a means for established writers to republish out-of-print titles, self-publishing provides new opportunities for writers. Join me to learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the skills you will need to succeed, and the resources available. Copies of The Global Indie Author will be available at a special event rate. Copies of my novel, Baby Jane, will also be for sale.

Self-Publishing Q&A

Thursday, January 12, 2012
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McGill Branch, Burnaby Library
4595 Albert St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2G6

As a follow-up to my popular talk on self-publishing, I will answer your questions about the industry and the technical requirements of self-publishing, in particular ebooks. Copies of The Global Indie Author will be available at a special event rate. Copies of my novel, Baby Jane, will also be for sale.

The talk is free but registration is required.

Goodreads Giveaway!

December 5 through December 31, 2011
One copy of the physical edition is up for grabs. Entries accepted worldwide.

To enter, click here.

 

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