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Thursday, 21 June 12
What’s the next step in my career                 as a Business English teacher?                          Get published!  ...
So you want to be a                             writer?Thursday, 21 June 12
“Coleridge was a drug addict.                                     Poe was an alcoholic.                   Marlowe was kill...
On publishers,                 proposals and rejection                "Writing is not a                genteel profession....
“If youre a freelance writer and arent                 used to being ignored, neglected, and                generally give...
On building your                          platform                "oh this is going to be                addictive"       ...
On the future of                          publishing                "Content is king."                Bill GatesThursday, ...
The Great Publishing Power GrabThursday, 21 June 12
On the act of writing                “Being a good writer is                3% talent, 97% not                being distra...
Thursday, 21 June 12
“I get up in the morning,                       torture a typewriter until it                          screams, then stop....
“I learned that you should feel when                writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain                  top, but l...
“I believe more in the scissors                     than I do in the pencil.”                            Truman CapoteThur...
On creativity and ideas                “I think I did pretty                well, considering I                started out...
“The best way to have a good idea                     is to have lots of ideas.”                             Linus Pauling...
“Everybody walks past a thousand story                  ideas every day. The good writers are                   the ones w...
“Most beginning writers - and I was                the same - are like chefs trying to cook                 great dishes t...
On editing and                            criticism                “Honest criticism is                hard to take,      ...
On making money                “Almost anyone can                be an author; the                business is to collect  ...
On literary agents                "SHOW ME THE                MONEY!"                Jerry MaguireThursday, 21 June 12
How can I get                        represented?              http://nickrobinsonelt.com/authors/get-represented/Thursday...
Stay in touch                       • nickrobinsonELT.com                       • nick@nickrobinsonELT.com                ...
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What does it take to become an ELT author these days? Why would you even want to? What’s it actually like to write a book? What types of product are publishers looking for? How do you choose a publisher and sell your idea to them? How do you write a proposal? How do you know who to send it to? Will they even read it? Do you need an agent – someone to help you get published? What does an agent actually do? What can you do to improve your chances? How should you promote yourself? Can your blog or Twitter account help? Or is it better to just forget all of this and self-publish? These are just some of the questions I’ll attempt to answer in this session, which is aimed at anyone who’s interested in how this whole publishing thing works.

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  1. 1. Thursday, 21 June 12
  2. 2. What’s the next step in my career as a Business English teacher? Get published! Nick Robinson Paris, 16 June 2012Thursday, 21 June 12
  3. 3. So you want to be a writer?Thursday, 21 June 12
  4. 4. “Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a womans name out of a satire, then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Do you still want to a writer - and, if so, why?” Bennett CerfThursday, 21 June 12
  5. 5. On publishers, proposals and rejection "Writing is not a genteel profession. Its quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty." Rosemary MahoneyThursday, 21 June 12
  6. 6. “If youre a freelance writer and arent used to being ignored, neglected, and generally given short shrift, you must not have been in the business very long.” Poppy Z. BriteThursday, 21 June 12
  7. 7. On building your platform "oh this is going to be addictive" Dom Sagolla, Twitter co-creatorThursday, 21 June 12
  8. 8. On the future of publishing "Content is king." Bill GatesThursday, 21 June 12
  9. 9. The Great Publishing Power GrabThursday, 21 June 12
  10. 10. On the act of writing “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.”  AnonymousThursday, 21 June 12
  11. 11. Thursday, 21 June 12
  12. 12. “I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.” Clarence Budington KellandThursday, 21 June 12
  13. 13. “I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.” Brenda UelandThursday, 21 June 12
  14. 14. “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” Truman CapoteThursday, 21 June 12
  15. 15. On creativity and ideas “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” Steve Martin Thursday, 21 June 12
  16. 16. “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” Linus PaulingThursday, 21 June 12
  17. 17. “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people dont see any.” Orson Scott CardThursday, 21 June 12
  18. 18. “Most beginning writers - and I was the same - are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that theyve never tasted themselves. How can you make a great - or even an adequate - bouillabaisse if youve never had any?” Daniel QuinnThursday, 21 June 12
  19. 19. On editing and criticism “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” Franklin JonesThursday, 21 June 12
  20. 20. On making money “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” A. A. MilneThursday, 21 June 12
  21. 21. On literary agents "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" Jerry MaguireThursday, 21 June 12
  22. 22. How can I get represented? http://nickrobinsonelt.com/authors/get-represented/Thursday, 21 June 12
  23. 23. Stay in touch • nickrobinsonELT.com • nick@nickrobinsonELT.com • @nmkrobinsonThursday, 21 June 12
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