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SFU Summer Publishing Workshops: Sign Up Now to Attend

Sign Up Now to Study Book Publishing in Vancouver, Summer 2010.

Summertime in Vancouver

+ studying book/magazine publishing at SFU

= some kind of perfect bliss.

It’s time for you to do some serious thinking about coming out to Vancouver to bask in the glory of one of the best book publishing programs in the world.  And to experience the radiant, sublime amazingness of this city at the height of summer.

Bleeding Edge Ideas Calmly Discussed.

SFU has unveiled their program for the 2010 Summer Publishing Workshops and it looks pretty serious.

Some of the best and most experienced people in the business combined with some of the brightest lights in new media will be on hand to give students an unforgettable learning experience.

Vancouver is home to some of the best doers and thinkers in the digital area.

People who not only actively engage the web, social media and the digital landscape but who are excellent communicators about that experience.

There’s no better example of this than Lisa Manfield and Rebecca Bollwit on Marketing Magazines Online.

Unless, of course, we’re talking about the Justice League of America style panel that’ll be leading students through the session called Digital Strategy: Editor’s Intensive featuring: John ‘Hawkman’ Maxwell, Joy ‘Invisible Plane’ Gugler, Boris ‘Aquaman’ Mann and Monique ‘Super Girl’ Trottier.

Just take a moment to think about those people.  Check out those links and look at the quality of work that they do.

What kind of ideas are they capable of unlocking in you?

And I haven’t even mentioned industry powerhouse thinkers like O’Reilly Media’s Andrew Savikas, Neelan Choksi of Lexcycle, Mark Coker from Smashwords, Chris Lanbonte, Ali Cairns and Jesse Finkelstein from D&M Publishers, Sarah ‘Smart Bitches‘ Wendell, Richard Nash, and Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn to name only a few.

Learn the Fundamentals from Industry Masters.

And there’s much knowledge and wisdom to be gleaned from the best minds in traditional publishing, too.

Take a look at this roll call of industry vets:

Tom Best from HB Fenn and Key Porter Books, Randy Chan, Brad Martin and Kristin Cochrane from Random House Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada’s Kevin Hanson, Donna Hayes from Harlequin Enterprises, the legendary David Kent from Harper Collins Canada, Brian Lam from Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press and Kevin Williams from TalonBooks will all be on hand to give you the 411 on the real challenges and opportunities that the book publishing industry faces going forward.

Pretty frickin’ amazing.

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So here’s the deal: Think about it, then do something about it.

The best minds in traditional book and magazine publishing + guiding lights in new media + sunlight, Stanley Park, mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The answer to the question is Yes.  As in “Yes, I’m going to do it,” and “Yes, I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Imagine what you’ll learn.  Imagine the new ideas, fresh perspectives and great people that you’ll meet.

And I’ll be there, too.  I’ll be reprising and updating the talk that I gave last year called Digital Rights Management vs the Inevitability of Free Content.

For more info on what courses are available, a full list of faculty and details on costing and accommodation please check the SFU Publishing Workshops website and/or send me an email.

Hope to see you there.



Bookcamp Vancouver 2009: Book Publishing Throwdown

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Friday October 16th, 2009 was a good day for book publishing in Vancouver.

I’m still fairly exhausted from the whole thing.  I’ll be writing a piece on the event in the next week or so once my senses return to normal and the blood returns to my feet.

But I will take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and participated in the event.  The volunteers and fellow organizers did an amazing job of executing a near flawless day and one that we should all be proud of.

I’m not even talking about the lunch!  Big props to Out to Lunch Catering for making us look good.

And yes, the words ‘Next Year‘ have already been uttered.



Announcing BookCamp Vancouver 2009 Unconference

HERE IT IS: Details are still coming together but we have laid the foundation for the BookCamp Vancouver 2009 Unconference: Exploring New Ideas in Books, Publishing and The Future of Reading…

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Scheduled for Friday October 16th at the SFU Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver from 9am to 5pm.

Fellow organizers are Monique Trottier from SoMisguided and Boxcar Marketing, John Maxwell and Suzanne Norman from the SFU Masters of Publishing program, Nick Bouton from Protagonize.com and Morgan Cowie from BookNet Canada.

Lots of more details to come.  Media requests have been rolling.  I spoke to Stuart Woods at the Quill and Quire last week.  Check out his post about BookCamp Vancouver 2009.