In preparing this lecture, I met with WG President Raoul Andersen to discuss specifically what the Guild wanted to learn about. The answer was a combination of vague - "everything, what's going on and how it affects us" - to specific - "how hard is it to put out an ebook and what's involved." The WG's membership is largely older writers (some of whom have done very well) and they were a) frustrated with the problems they have started running in to when seeking publishers and b) had heard a lot about epublishing but knew little. I was brought in as an expert in the field.
I'm not sure I agree with that title, but I have been battling against and monitoring the industry for about a decade now and, most importantly for the Guild, I know more than they do.
I have decided to make that lecture and related materials available to anyone who is interested. Below are videos of the lectures, the audio-only files, the handout given to the audience, and my own (unedited) notes. There is no prepared speech. You may download and use the material (or parts thereof) with attribution.
Lecture Handout (Word Doc)
Lecture Pt 1 - The State of the Publishing industry
Lecture Pt 2 - DIY Publishing
Lecture Notes (Word Doc)
The Espresso Book Machine, in Action!!! (Thanks to CBC Manitoba.)
You may cite the documents, audio, and video as:
Jeff Rose-Martland, Address to the Newfoundland Writers' Guild, 22 July 2012
© 2012 Jeff Rose-Martland