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  • This quote represents my personal relevance to the T. Not only does it exemplify my life long journey of learning the art of writing but also exemplifies the idea that it is an art to be taught and taught well, which is what I plan on doing for the rest of my life. I want to find a relatable way to teach students to like or even love the act of writing as much as I do.\n
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  • The idea of mass producing books for public/personal use was first introduced by the egyptians. The art began when they had scribes copy and mass produce the book of the dead, the tome that was sent to the grave with every Pharaoh and important nobleman.\n
  • The Greek influence is where the idea of “creative” writing began. From Aristotle, Homer, and Euripides, classical greek writers/philosophers, we get comedy and tragedy.\nClassic Period Greece\nAesculus\ntragedy\nagamemnon\n\nAesop (Fables)\n\nAristotle (poetics)\n\nEuripides\nMedea and The Trojan Women\n(tragedies and tragi-comedies)\n\nHomer\nIlliad and Odyssey\n\n
  • The next big landmark in the Publishing and Writing history book would be the Renaissance. During this time the arts began to rise up out of the shadows of the church. People began to question the way things were. Many followed ideas of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle giving birth to non-religious text. At this time the idea of mass producing said text was made possible due to the invention of the Printing Press. This gave birth to text sales, differentiated writing styles, and Renaissance Fairs that allowed the presentation of these styles and sales of books. These are considered the first books fairs.\n
  • Publishing today has become a much bigger business that branches off into three different sects. \nNewspaper = Journalism, black and white set type \nMagazines = Paper “Pop” Media\nBooks = non- fiction, \n
  • Newspapers are a large branch of the writing and publishing business. They have many departments of writing including the critics, feature writing, beat writing, column writing, editorial writers, and investigative journalists. There are seven types of news papers: Small local, local, county, city, national, and international.\n
  • The Viking Call is a small local paper only printed once every one to two months. As part of my application I took a journalism class with Mrs. Williams in order to learn everything i could about News Paper publishing and writing. Through this class i was able to complete my application by writing and publishing a feature article in this years spring edition.\n
  • It takes a rather large team to create a magazine. First there’s the writing of the different articles, and photography found in magazines which files under acquisition. Next is the layout set up called, \n
  • Speaking of magazines, the high school produces its own type of “magazine” each year. Through happy coincidence I found myself pulled into Valhalla’s editing staff. I was taught about the editing process, and reviewing process of magazines. I also was able to have a poem of mine publishing along with pictures in the magazine this year. \n
  • Withing book publishing there are several types of genres. There’s non-fiction, which is biography and scholarly articles. Then we have Fiction which branches off even more. From fiction we get, realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, and pulp-fiction. My own personal favorites to write within are realistic and historical fiction.\n
  • There are many branches of the book publishing world. There’s self-publishing, which is where a writer creates, edits, prints, promotes, and sells their own books. Alternative publishing is when an author published their work into digital and audio media, instead of print. Independent publishers are small companies that can print books according to their own ideals and passions, unlike parent owned companies. Educational publishing is the process of publishing text books to sell to college and schools for academic use. Scholastic publishing would be publishers like Yale Publishing that publish scholarly articles and informational books meant for general consumer purchase. Finally we come to the two most important publishing types of all. Vanity and Trade Publishing.\n
  • I found out the hard way what vanity publishing was. After submitting a poem into a contest, i recieved this letter, but as time went on and i was finishing up my project i learned that the company i submitted to was, in fact, a vanity publisher. Vanity Publishers scam young foolish writers into submitting work, then make them pay 60 dollars for a book only the writers are in and only the writers will buy. They make you pay to enter contests, and pay for things like plaques that are advertised to be given to the semi-finalists.\n
  • Maybe you've never wondered what people in the publishing industry call the books that you find in a bookstore or local library, but there is a term. They are called trade books and they are designed for the general consumer. Trade publishers sell their books through the channels that have been specifically established for books?bookstores, libraries, and wholesalers. Trade books are published for children, teenagers, and adults. They can be works of fiction or nonfiction, hardcover or paperback. Generally, trade publishing is the most high profile type of publishing as it is the most commercially focused.f\n
  • For new writers it would be best to write your story or poetry, have a close friend or teach edit it, and then submit it online to publishing journals like Philadelphia Stories Junior, Avery Anthology, and Writer’s Digest. These companies are always either running a writing contest or looking for new, unheard of authors to publish. \n\nFor the well versed writer, if never published Philadelphia stories accepts all types of works, mostly the work of the more mature writer. The next best step is to edit your work, pitch the idea, and contact an agent. The agent will then contact different publishing firms like Penguin Group\n
  • After learning about the publishing process, i started writing, taking care to keep in mind everything i learned. \n
  • Throughout this year i worked within two types of writing, Fiction and Prose. One that i have found surprisingly fun is Prose, where i’ve written several poems for this project. Within Fiction Writing i wrote two short stories, and began one book. I wanted to start working on an original and strange story that pulls the reader on an emotional roller coaster. \n
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  • No angel is a personal work of mine. It is a story that I started with an idea about breaking the boundaries about the typical heroine. \n
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  • According a national study over 80% of Americans want to write a book, even though only 57% of those people have read a book in the last twelve months. Because of the volume of future writers in the ollowing slides i will teach you different techniques in order to best the 57% of that 80%.\n
  • Once a writer has an idea its time to get brainstorming. There are several different types including webbing, listing, note taking, outlining, and free writing. The most commonly used by writers and teachers alike is webbing. Webbing allows a continuous connection between ideas and can lead the writer to characters, plot, setting, and dramatic peaks through one original idea.\n
  • There are different types of webbing a writer can use. You can web around the main character, forming her life and the story as you branch out father. You can also web around the setting if you want to create a short story. \n
  • The trick to free writing is relaxation. It’s an exercise meant to free your mind. The first step is to get a pencil and blank piece of paper. Next you close your eyes and relax. The writer has to let go of all worries and fears, just letting whatever comes to mind to be written on the paper. It can be disjointed babble, or structured writing. Whatever pops into your head, you write. This is the best way to learn the proper flow of a story.\n
  • Writing style is the most important part of writing. It’s the author’s voice, and it’s what keeps the reading entranced. Whether you’re an Earnest Hemmingway, to the point, Shakespeare, elusive, or a Poe, dark and descriptive, your style is what will keep the reader. The best way to discover this is to take a look at all the different famous authors who have a large audience in society. What is it about their style that invites so many people to read their work? What about your writing is similar? Different? Is it well structured or is it the words they use? By studying the greats of the past and present you can discover your own style and be an amazing writer.\n
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  • What often happens to writers, myself included, is that they lose track of the original inspiration andn idea, making the story lifeless. Luckily there are ways to get that back. For example....\n
  • Through music many writers can find that spark for the story again. Whether it is a somber, high-action, or comedic story there is music to suit that mood. The best way is to find the music that gives you that lifting feeling. For me it’s Jazz and Classical but everyone is different. Some it may be rock-metal that does it, or even rap. All that matters is that it makes you want to get up and write. Think of it almost like the unknown soundtrack to your story.\n
  • Another way to find your inspiration is to look around you. Your words coming out lifeless on paper? Go for a walk through valley forge park, go down the the water front in bridgeport, or find a peaceful place to write. No music, no distractions, just you and nature. Bring your writing with you and take it all in.\n
  • Another form of writer’s block that occur is the “Brick Wall”. What happens, no matter where you are in writing, the writer can’t seem to find the next step, or chapter. The idea is there, and then its gone. A good solution to the would be to web each chapter where your stuck. Even outlining helps.\n
  • What I find helps is simple peace and quiet. When you get stuck simply sit on the ground, legs crossed and close your eyes. Clear your mind, and let your surroundings envelop you. Just breathe and relax. Go over in you mind what you have so far, let the story play out in your mind. Let yourself sink deeper into the story and flow into each new idea. This may sound completely ridiculous but it helps. For some, if its harder to do it in silence adding your own personal soundtrack (music player) to the story in your mind may even further help you.\n
  • Sometimes when you get stuck, getting back on track is as easy as opening your mouth. Find a friend and talk. When you tell someone else your story idea and explain it step by step to them they can help talk you out of your writers block. A friend, teacher, parent, or even sibling can give you new ideas, or lead you to the one you lost in the first place. Many writers, including our own Tommy Krauss, use this method. It’s a simple and helpful tool for any writer and one you never forget. \n
  • The problem many writers come to is the conclusion of the story. The best way to finish the conclusion write it first. If you find that writing the conclusion first you can always web it out like i’ve stated before, or even outline the beginning, middle and end.\n
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  • Writing and the publishing process

    1. 1. Rieger SGP 2010-11 Writing and The Publishing Process By Colleen Sullivan Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    2. 2. Photography By Colleen Breanna SullivanThesis Becoming a published author is a popular and intimidating idea, in order to ease the process one must become acquainted with the the art, steps and business of the publishing and writing world itself.
    3. 3. Writing may be, the act of writing cannot However great a man’s talent be learned all at once Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan ~Jean Jacques Rousseau is Life http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jeanjacque170088.html
    4. 4. What I’ll be teaching today... is tory ing H blish d ay’s Pu r iting To hing &W of Pu blis ents Ty pes om pon ppl icat ion C A ng T ips W ctiriti vity C la ss A Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    5. 5. Where It All Began.... Religion The EgyptiansScribes The Book of The Dead http://www.flickr.com/photos/36897329@N00/1059899393/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/21000745@N02/5464268893/ Tragedy Greek Influence ComedyPhilosophers Classic Period
    7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shemp65/2062514294/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Renaissance Printing Press Sales Style Fairs http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/literature/publishing/press1.html
    8. 8. Publishing andWritingToday in es az ag M Boo k sNews Paper Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    9. 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/avikbangalee/3072162965/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Times Herald Philadelphia Inquirer urna lists Columnists Jo USA Today Editing Printing Printing Feature Writers Me dia Cr Viking Call itic Photo Journalism s News Paper
    10. 10. Magazine Publishing “Glam” Magazines Art MagazinesLiterary Magazines Scholarly Magazines http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlepillow/95418233/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    11. 11. The Arts Magazine
    12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/allaneroc/4336086452/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Books Genres Non-Fiction Fiction
    13. 13. Educational Scholastic IndependentSelf Book Publishing Trad Vanit Alternative e y Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    14. 14. Vanit y SCAMPUBLISHING!!!
    15. 15. TradePublishing DraftingFinal DraftManuscript Agent Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan Publishing Firms Editor Critics Bookstore
    16. 16. Matured Writers Agents Hot Tips Junior New Writers http://www.lulu.com/http://www.mascsite.org/wordpress/wp-content/gallery/main-photos/penguinlogo.jpg http://www.philadelphiastories.org/member
    17. 17. Writing in Action... Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    18. 18. Poetry “The Leap” “Autumn” “Fly Girl ”Fiction Writing “Taboo” “No Angel” “Punk Rock Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    19. 19. AutumnThe wind sighs,The leaves whisper,Fall sings“Orange,Yellow,Green,Red,Brown.TempsGoDown.I arriveAnd birds fly.What am I?I am autumn,Who sings this song.I am the chill in your bones at nightAnd I am coming tonight.” Poetry-Colleen Sullivan http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobi0406/4070637039/
    20. 20. wind whirs hair flies a screech sounds feet spin eyes shine a hand grips tighter gravel crunches metal soarshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bossbob50/4180416288/ a laugh rings out fingers brush the sky trees go by
    21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/5539136193/ They run, Feet Splashing, Eyes smiling, Laughter Echoes; Fingers intertwine, Lips Lock, hearts race, and Love blooms; She leaps, arms wide, he holds tight, making two lives one.
    22. 22. Fiction Writing Introduction “I’m not perfect, not like your usual heroine. I am reality, for I’m no perfect angel looking for a cure for my sickness. I sit in it, live in it. In truth I probably deserve every bit of insanity that is my life. I’m selfish, promiscuous, and crazy. I’m no wounded, doe eyed, girlie girl. Yet somehow my tale is every bit as compelling.”Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    23. 23. Taboo “The word depression was T-A-B-O-O. Mention it and theyscurry away, throwing explanations like rice at a wedding. Whatwas a mere child against two wise adults, what merit was thereto mention such a powerful word? “You just need to exercisemore,” they would say, that was their way to “fix” the problem.Yet why did I still feel so empty, even more so after every time Itold?” Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    24. 24. Punk Rock FamilyPhotography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan “I walked in, heart racing, blood pumping. People piled in, pushing against the stage. Then the moshing began. Bodies against bodies, personal space non-existent. I watched in amazement, breath catching in my throat, as a girl was pushed the the floor. So many bodies, so little space. Trampling was a possibility. Out of nowhere four people swooped in to her rescue. Arms locking they protected her from the crowd.”
    25. 25. http://publishingcentral.com/subject.html?sid=87Writing Tips... Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    26. 26. Brainstorming Fre ew ki ng ritin g a Outlining e T ot N i ng e bb Li W sti ng Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
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    28. 28. F reewri tingPhotography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    29. 29. Styl ePhotography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    30. 30. ite r’sW r lo ck B Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    31. 31. Lost Inspiration?Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    32. 32. Music Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    33. 33. Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    34. 34. t he fi nd an ’t te r?C ch ap ne xtPhotography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    35. 35. Meditationhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rmhealing/4734943618/
    36. 36. Talk It Out Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan
    37. 37. ullivan By Colleen Breanna SPhotography Finishing the Story
    38. 38. Class Activity Improv Poetry
    39. 39. Works CitedBrace, Catherine. “Towards an Historical Geography of Countryside Writing.” Publishing and Publishers. By Catherine Brace. Vol. 3. 2001. Exeter: Blackwell, 2001. 287-296. JSTOR. Web. 16 Dec. 2010. <http://www.jstor.org/‌stable/‌20004166>. Brace writes about the history of publishing in the 20th century and its affects on todays writing. This article was useful in learning the history about publishing and writing in the countryside. I decided in the end that although this info was useful, i will not use it in my presentation because I want to focus on where writing and publishing began.Ferguson, ed. Publishing. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. New York City: Infobase Publishing, 2007. Print. Ferguson’s Career in Focus. This book shows all the current forms of publishing. It gives the requirements, job opportunities, and responsibilities of the jobs. This book was a primary source for me. It gave me all the info I needed about writing and the publishing process today.Gerry McGovern Publications, comp. “Everything you know about publishing is wrong.” Gerry McGovern. Gerry McGovern Publishing, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2011. <http:// www.gerrymcgovern.com/‌cc_ch1_5.htm>. The compiler talks here about what publishing is, was, and techniques. It corrects the “myths” about publishing and informs the reader about what they need to know about the publishing world. This was a helpful resource in giving me the information i needed to know about today’s publishing and publishing processes. Most of the information i discovered will be used within my project.Mumby, Frank. Publishing and Bookselling. Ed. Jonathan Cape. 4th ed. 1930. Edinburgh: J. and J. Gray, 1956. Print. Frank Mumby does an extensive study of the history of publishing. He goes into the ancient egyptians, the classical greeks, renaissance, the civil war, and 1900’s. For the history of publishing, this was my primary source. It helped me provide an extensive history on the beginnings of publishing.“Publishing.” Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. Facts on File, Inc. Web, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2011. <http://www.fofweb.com/‌activelink2.asp? ItemID=WE34&SID=5&iPin=ECVGI0067&SingleRecord=True>.Strauss, Victoria. “’Two Thumbs Down’ Publishers List.” Writer Beware. Blogger, 14 Feb. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2011. <http://accrispin.blogspot.com/‌2007/‌02/‌happy-valentines-day-from-writer- beware.html>. Victoria strauss blogs about things writers should know. The main thing that caught my interest was her blog about Vanity Publishing. It where I first learned that Eber & Wein was a vanity publisher. She gave a listing of all the publishers to be cautious about. This blog is what motivated me to include vanity publishing in my SGP.Taylor, Allen, and James Robert Parish. “Free Lance Writer.” Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. Facts On File, Inc. Web, n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2011. <http://www.fofweb.com/‌activelink2.asp? ItemID=WE34&SID=5&iPin=COW0042&SingleRecord=True>.http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/literature/publishing/index.htmlhttp://publishingcentral.com/subject.html?sid=87http://www.bookjobs.com/page.php?prmID=8#65
    40. 40. “Writing is an exploration. Youstart from nothing and learn asyou go.” ~E.L DoctorowConclusion Photography By Colleen Breanna Sullivan