Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit: Feb 1-14, 2012

Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit: February 1 - 14, 2012
Facilitator:Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 
Curators / Researchers: Hilda Anggraeni and Diana Chan

Web Conference facilitator: Scott Leslie
Web Conference moderator
Randy LaBonte

I'm no expert, but I've written a few books and most recently a free e-book. I found the process to be similar in many ways to other books I had written, but different in some pretty interesting ways. I thought it would be interesting in this SCoPE seminar to discuss our experiences in writing e-books and e-publications. Is the experience of writing similar to other types of writing we've done, or does it differ in some important ways? Did you discover a new twist to your writing voice? Did your Muse carry an iPad? What are some of the creative and technical affordances and stumbling blocks you've encountered? What software did you use that was helpful (or not helpful)? Did you write the book for profit or free distribution, and how did you promote it? What would you do differently if you were starting over from scratch?

You can see that this will probably be a pretty free-wheeling and wide-ranging conversation.

But here's the hook.

We would like to turn our discussion into an e-book. That's right, and you're a co-author if you contribute to the discussion. We don't know what form it will take exactly -- that depends on where our discussion takes us and what we talk about. But we are going to try to turn it into an e-publication and distribute it free of charge to anyone who wants it.

Because we will be publishing this as an e-pub, feel free to contribute stories, poems, examples, advice, audio files, videos, animations, photos, and drawings -- just be sure you own the rights to the material or provide proper attribution to any Creative Commons material you submit.  And if you say anything you don't want to include, let us know.  

See you on February 1-14.  I'm looking forward to learning from you, and writing WITH you.

This seminar is organized in partnership with eCampusAlberta Professional Learning.

Questions about the HOW part of writing ebooks? This will help:

Our E-BOOK is in the works!

DiscussionStarted byRepliesLast post
Thanks, and let's keep going... Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 3 Richard Schwier
Mon, 20 Feb 2012, 6:37 AM
The Future: What E-Books Might Become Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 3 Alice Macpherson
Mon, 13 Feb 2012, 2:15 PM
Accessibility Options for Ebooks/Readers Pzialogo B Ferrell 1 Richard Schwier
Mon, 13 Feb 2012, 11:15 AM
Free ebook sampler preview Pzialogo B Ferrell 2 Susanne Nyrop
Mon, 13 Feb 2012, 2:56 AM
Next Steps for Our e-Book photo of me taken by a short person :-) Sylvia Currie 0 Sylvia Currie
Fri, 10 Feb 2012, 3:36 PM
Have you written an e-pub? Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 19 Richard Schwier
Fri, 10 Feb 2012, 1:47 PM
Your plans for an e-book or e-pub? Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 13 Richard Schwier
Fri, 10 Feb 2012, 1:46 PM
Software and distribution for e-books? Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 1 B Ferrell
Fri, 10 Feb 2012, 7:01 AM
topical article from Washington State Picture of Don Beadle Don Beadle 2 Don Beadle
Thu, 9 Feb 2012, 12:54 PM
But will they be readable by anyone anywhere Picture of Don Beadle Don Beadle 10 Julia Hengstler
Thu, 9 Feb 2012, 12:38 PM
The Book is Dead; Long Live the Book! Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 6 Richard Schwier
Thu, 9 Feb 2012, 11:15 AM
Reading experiences with e-pubs Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 58 Richard Schwier
Thu, 9 Feb 2012, 11:14 AM
February 7 Web Conference: eBook Authoring Strategies and Platforms with Scott Leslie photo of me taken by a short person :-) Sylvia Currie 3 Sylvia Currie
Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 6:50 AM
About writing in any medium Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 7 Bill Thimmesch
Mon, 6 Feb 2012, 11:34 AM
Let's get started! Picture of Richard Schwier Richard Schwier 4 Richard Schwier
Wed, 1 Feb 2012, 6:32 PM
Apple ibook ??? Picture of Barbara Schindelka Barbara Schindelka 4 Scott Leslie
Wed, 1 Feb 2012, 12:34 PM
Welcome to our seminar: Writing an e-book about e-books for fun and no profit photo of me taken by a short person :-) Sylvia Currie 0 Sylvia Currie
Tue, 31 Jan 2012, 9:50 PM