PRESS 254

Handmade Chapbooks / Publishing Workshop

Course Calendar

English 254 Introduction to Professional Publishing
Course Calendar, Fall 2018: PRESS 254

NOTE: Items listed on this calendar are to be completed by the date they are listed, not assigned for the upcoming week. The calendar is subject to change as needed. If the calendar changes, you will be notified.

 

Week One: August 21

Read:

n/a

Complete:

n/a

In-class:

Welcome to Press 254

Introductions

Syllabus Review, Coursework, Expectations

Student Expectations (Discussion)

Discussion: What is publishing?

Tour of Publications Unit

Manuscripts, Interest and Skills Inventory

 

Week Two: August 28

Read:

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book (p. 6–111, skim p. 80–96)

Read: “A Brief History of the Little Book” by Noah Eli Gordon (http://jacketmagazine.com/34/gordon-chapbooks.shtml)

read/skim “original” manuscripts (pdf format)

Complete:

Prepare pitch presentation that argues for which project team you would like to work on, using specific points from the manuscript in relation to your interests and skills (you will not turn this assignment in)

CMOS Style Workout #1

In-class:

Project Pitches

Determine project teams

Team Meeting

Chapbook Overview and Showcase

Lecture: What does a publishing company look like?

Lecture: understanding the publishing process

 

 

Week Three: September 4

Read:

Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book (p. 112–175 (don’t forget bibliography!))

reread manuscript in great detail for the group you are assigned begin to think about and flag parts of the manuscript that might be problematic during the process and be able to say why

Read/Skim: CLMP “Intern Training Manual” (48 pp.; in English Department Digital Reserve under my name)

Complete:

CMOS Style Workout #2

CMOS Style Workout #3

In class:

Lecture: understanding the publishing process

Project Team: Meet with your project team to discuss your manuscript for understanding.

Editor’s table: open discussion about manuscript texts; evaluating manuscripts

Lecture: Professional Communications and Writing E-mails

Essential Skills Inventory: Project Management and Organization, Folder System, and Server Access

Essential Skills Inventory: Preparing Text for Layout

Workshop: Begin Preparing Text for Layout

 

Week Four: September 11 

Read:

The Subversive Copy Editor (frontmatter and Part I, p. ix–83)

Roxane Gay, “Lessons I’ve Learned Starting a Micropress” (http://htmlgiant.com/behind-the-scenes/lessons-ive-learned-starting-a-micropress/)

 Complete:

Carefully prepare text for layout according to the process sheet provided.

Save your texts as MS Word documents so that individual poems, sections, or chapters are each their own file, in their own folder, appearing in the order that they are to appear in layout.

CMOS Style Workout #4

In class:

Meet the Authors

Review Text Cleaning

Lecture: Professional Writing: E-mail Basics

Essential Skills Inventory: Image and Color Overview

Exercise: Proofreaders’ Marks Practice (time permitting)

 

Week Five: September 18

Read:

The Subversive Copy Editor (Part II, p. 85–173)

Complete:

Proofreading exercise: complete the proofreaders’ marks and proofreading exercises distributed in class using CMS proofreaders’ marks; be prepared to discuss your process and any questions you have about the assignment in relation to your CMS reading on editing and proofreading

Cleaning manuscript adjustments or edits (if necessary)

CMOS Style Workout #5

In class:

Essential Skills Inventory: Book Cover Design Basics; group book cover analysis

Project Team: Book Cover Design Brainstorming Session

Essential Skills Inventory: Using The Chicago Manual of Style; Copyediting vs. proofreading

Essential Skills Inventory: review proofreading exercise

 

Week Six: September 25

Read:

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS; http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html): Contents; Chapter One: Books and Journals, p. 1–58; and Chapter Two: Manuscript Preparation, Manuscript Editing, and Proofreading, p. 59–123

Complete:

Proofread your project team’s manuscript (Due on 10/2)

Individual proofreading (hard copy) must be finished and brought to class along with a cover letter and style sheet (detailed instructions to come)

Proofreading Reflection (due 10/23): When you are finished proofreading, create a two- to three-page (500–750 words) text that examines the proofreading process and considers:
-your expectations for this process
-your previous knowledge of and experience with proofreading
-several things you learned from the process
-several things you struggled with during the process
-answer: what would you do differently when you next have to proofread copy?

In class:

Essential Skills Inventory: Preparing Images and Color Spaces for Print and Web Publishing

Tutorial: Using Adobe InDesign to create a basic book or journal cover template

Exercise: Create a Basic Book Cover in Adobe InDesign

View and select cover art

 

Week Seven: October 2

Read:

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS; http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html): SKIM Part Two: Style and Usage (Chapter 5–13) p. 223–738

Complete:

Continue proofreading your project team’s manuscript (Due on 10/2: Today!)

Before you leave class, save your book cover design InDesign file to your server folder.

CMOS Style Workout #6

CMOS Style Workout #7

In class:

Essential Skills Inventory: Preparing cover letters and style sheets (see samples in English Department Digital Reserve under my name)

Essential Skills Inventory: Using Adobe Acrobat to proofread an electronic manuscript

Word to PDF script

Enter edits with group

 

Week Eight: October 9

Read:

Continue Chicago Manual of Style (CMS; http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html): Skim Part Two: Style and Usage (Chapter 5–13) p. 223–738

Complete:

Prepare a sample cover letter for your edits.

CMOS Style Workout #8

CMOS Style Workout #9

In class:

Lecture: Interior Book Design Overview

Exercise: Book Design Analysis

InDesign Overview for typesetting and book layouts

Workshop: book layout exercise

 

Week Nine: October 16

Read:

What Editors Do, Introduction, Part I, Part II, p. 1-115

Complete:

Proofreading reflection due on October 24

Complete Book Layout exercise

CMOS Style Workout #10

In class:

Review Layout Exercise and InDesign Q&A and workshop session

Review Group Edits

Using InDesign to Create a Book Interior Design Sketch

Workshop: Interior Sketches

 

Week Ten: October 23

Read:

What Editors Do, Part III, Part IV, p. 119-219

Complete:

Finish entering approved edits into your individual cleaned copy

Complete Proofreading Reflection

Complete a design sketch for your project. It should have master pages, paragraph styles, and other designed elements. Save a copy of your InDesign file in the project folder on your desktop, as well as on the server in your folder. Print and cut your design sketch to page size, clip it, and be prepared to submit it for review.

Prepare a layout sketch of your manuscript (detailed instructions to come)

CMOS Style Workout #11

In class:

Lecture: Book Marketing, Promotion, and Publicity

Project Team: Create marketing copy for your project; pull excerpts that can go on website

Feedback: Layout Feedback for Interior Design Sketches

 

Week Eleven: October 30

Read:

What Editors Do, Part V, Conclusion, Glossary, Further Resources, p. 223-end

Complete:

Work on Individual layouts

CMOS Style Workout #12

In class:

Essential Skills Inventory: Writing Press Releases

Individual work: Review design feedback, make modifications, and finish entering text into layout for your individual design.

Event Planning and Invitations List for Reading

Project Team: write press releases for book launch event into a master copy for group and turn in; continue marketing campaign; work on details of book launch

Essential Skills Inventory: Exporting InDesign Files to PDFs and Using Adobe Acrobat Pro to create image files from PDFs

Individual work: Create event poster in Adobe InDesign

 

Week Twelve: November 6

Read:

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (p. vii–77)

Complete:

Press release draft

CMOS Style Workout #13

CMOS Style Workout #14

In class:

Project Team: Execute master layout using specifications sheet

Essential skills inventory: checking your layout in digital and hard copy

Essential Skills Inventory: Proofreading and Preparing Page Proofs

Project Team: Prepare Page Proofs PDF to send to authors

 

Week Thirteen: November 13

Read:

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (p. 78–189)

Complete:

Begin to conceptualize, design, and create a print and web-ready marketing poster in InDesign.

CMOS Style Workout #15

In class:

Final Portfolio Overview

Essential Skills Inventory: Entering and checking edits; fixing widows, orphans, bad breaks, final checks

Preparing printer files, working with printers, and evaluating printer proofs

Website update

Lecture: Introductions and Book Sales

 

>>>Thanksgiving Vacation: No Classes (no class on November 20)

 

Week Fourteen: November 27

Read:

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (p. 190-286)

Complete:

Event poster designed and turned in as PDF.

CMOS Style Workout #16

In class:

Book binding party

 

Week Fifteen: December 4

Read: none

Complete:

In class:

Chapbook Launch and Reading

Exam Week: The Lab is open daily from December 5–14. Portfolio due on or before Friday, December 14, 4 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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