EPublishing Course Offered At Dalton State In January

Friday, January 3, 2014
Barbara Tucker will teach epublishing at Dalton State. The college class is offered on a non-credit basis to interested members of the community.
Barbara Tucker will teach epublishing at Dalton State. The college class is offered on a non-credit basis to interested members of the community.

For those wanting to learn how to break into epublishing, Dalton State is offering an epublishing course on a non-credit basis.

 “According to a recent announcement from Amazon, one-fourth of the top 100 best-selling books available for its Kindle ereader are from “indie” publishers,” says Barbara Tucker, Associate Professor of Communication, who will teach the epublishing class which starts next week. “Some of us want our work to be available to a wider public; some of us want to write the next important novel; some of us just want to learn what this epublishing stuff is all about,” she said.   

Epublishing is making a book (or writing of any length) available for reading on Kindles, Nooks, iPhones, and other brands of ereaders. Self-epublishing bypasses producing the printed copy of the book and deals only in the digital world—the book never becomes a physical book, but it is still published and available. The most well-known method is through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing; Barnes and Noble also has a popular program called Nook Press, and there are other companies called aggregators that will allow the author who wants to self-publish to make the work available for brands of ereaders other than Nooks and Kindles. 

“Indie” publishing is the new word for self-publishing, especially in the epublishing, digital world.  Self-publishing is losing some of its negative connotations of the past as more venues for writers are becoming accessible. Epublishing can be lucrative, if an “indie” publisher knows how to use the Internet, social media, and other methods to market his or her work.

The course at Dalton State College will be offered in hybrid format on Tuesdays from 9:25 to 10:40 am during the spring semester. The first class is Tuesday, January 7.  Among topics to be covered are:  the epublishing world, putting your work into formats for ereaders, editing your work, and marketing your book once it’s available for ereaders.

Ms. Tucker is a member of the Chattanooga Writers Guild, a published novelist in traditional and self-epublishing modes, a leader of a writers group that meets in Ft. Oglethorpe, and blogger.

Registration for non-credit students is underway now. Those wanting to know more are invited to contact Dr. Randall Griffus at rgriffus@daltonstate.edu or 706/272-2509, or Sarah Key at skey@daltonstate.edu or 706/272-4556.

McCallie Honors Eight With Alumni Achievement Awards

The awards are just one of the many traditions around Reunion Weekend at McCallie... Every year at Reunion Weekend, a select few alumni are recognized by their classmates and their alma mater for their outstanding professional achievements. This year, at a Saturday lunchtime ceremony in Alumni Hall, eight members of reunion classes were thus honored. They are:  Joe Crespino ... (click for more)

Baylor Cancels Tuesday Afternoon Activities

Out of respect to the Smith family and to give the community time to grieve, Baylor School is canceling all afternoon activities on Tuesday. This includes all athletic activities in the afternoon and in the evening.   "We appreciate your help in giving our students and faculty the space they need at this very tragic time in our community and we are not conducting ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing Concerning Volkswagen To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)