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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I realized that one reason I haven't made many posts to this blog is that I object to writing "for free."
- The best blogging techniques.
- How to get traffic to your blog.
- How to turn your blog into money.
I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I know it's politically incorrect, but when I was growing up, my Austrian father (who sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger) would occasionally impersonate Adolf Hitler. He would froth at the mouth, girate his hands in the air and begin a tirade in German, but then he'd always burst out laughing.
To watch these Hitleresque renditions as a kid was the funniest thing.
So when I came across the above video, it took me back to those happy days of Nazi-parody.
I was pleased to see that I'm not the only one who can see the lighter side of Hitler's public performances.
Monday, July 28, 2008
by Jane Schauer
As a new publisher I thought I would mark my publishing debut by having a stand at this year’s BookExpo America. It is the second largest annual trade book show in the world (Frankfurt is the largest) and I thought readers might be interested in knowing about it.
The main activities at the very well organised show were:
- publishers and writers displaying their works in exhibition halls
- talks and book signings given by famous writers
- expert panels conducting education seminars on the publishing trade
- networking and rights selling
If you are interested in the show and are wondering about costs, this year they were in US dollars:
- to be an attendee for 3 days (including education seminars) was $225 (cheaper day only tickets were available)
- to be an exhibitor with a provided stand in the independent publisher’s row $2,810 or in the writer’s row $ 1,697
- to display books in the New Titles Show Case was $210 per title (you don’t need to attend the show to display books and you can also send your books to other book shows for cheaper costs)
I recently attended the AODC 2008 conference on the Gold Coast, which by the way, is a great place for a conference for the early morning walks along the beach.
The presentation I most wanted to hear was called 'Estimating Documentation Projects' by Stewart Walker.
I was interested in this topic because many of the projects I have worked on have the notorious habit of 'scope-creep,' whereby the project gets bigger and bigger, but the deadline doesn't move!
Stewart's talk combined two methods that are commonly employed by project managers in documentation projects: the cradle to grave metrics model advocated by JoAnn Hackos in her book Managing Your Documentation Projects, and the bottom-up, task by task method that makes it easier to manage the work on a day-by-day basis.
The beauty of this approach is that you get the benefits of both, which I hadn't considered before.
A fellow technical writer, Sarah Maddox, wrote copious notes at the conference and posted them on her blog for us all to see: http://ffeathers.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/aodc-in-conclusion/