Class on Self Publishing
I was asked to teach a course on Self-Publishing. It is something i know quite a lot about. In my former life (before writing) I had a printing company and worked on books all the time.
It was held at the Fairhope Library in the Boardroom, a sumptuous venue.
Fifteen 'brave ' people signed up.
Having never taught a class before, I prepared for days, including creating handouts.
The students were wonderful, attentive and full of enthusiasm and questions.
After the second class, I sent out a survey, and here are a few responses I received:
- I came in knowing next to nothing about self-publishing, so I found the entire class material relevant (and so useful!)
- I don't know if you realize it, but teaching to the type of class you had is the most difficult: Teaching to an eclectic group of people with a wide range of knowledge and experience. It is especially tough to teach computer skills to a "mature" audience without completely losing the beginners or else putting the experienced ones to sleep. You pulled it off!
- What I liked best about the class was you. You spoke with elegance and knowledge. But did not make me feel stupid. I will probably take
the class again just to better understand the process.
- John, you did a terrific, professional job with the class. You have a relaxed manner of delivery which puts the class at ease. I think everyone would take just about any class you put in front of them. I know I would.I enjoyed the class and look forward to teaching another one or two in March.Thanks so much to my students.