Category Archives: Seminars and Classes

Tomorrow! — Free Self-Publishing Seminar

Join us tomorrow evening at the London, Ohio Library for a free Self-Publishing Seminar. London-Public-LibraryWhether you’re an aspiring author or an accomplished novelist, this seminar is filled with valuable information for anyone interested in how successful books are produced.

The seminar will last from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a Q&A session afterward. The London Library is located at: 20 E. First Street, London, Ohio 43140. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Find this event on the library’s website here. 

Columbus Publishing Lab CEO, Brad Pauquette, has been helping authors at all levels successfully navigate the publishing industry for almost a decade. In this seminar he’ll cover the five key steps to producing a professional book. From editing and cover design to pricing and distribution, learn how to turn your manuscript into a marketable book.

If you’re considering self-publishing, do your homework. Read up on your options and don’t let free resources like this seminar pass you by. We’ll see you there!

Questions? Email us at

Can’t make the seminar? Get smart self-publishing advice here in The Self-Publishing Handbook. P.S. It’s free!

Free Publishing Seminar — London Library

The London Public Library will be hosting a free Self-Publishing Seminar on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The library is located at: 20 E. First Street, London, Ohio 43140. Bring your publishing questions! There will be a Q&A session after the seminar.

Find this event on the Library’s website here. 

Whether you’ve completed a manuscript or you’re interested in how great books are produced, this seminar will teach you the ins and outs of the publishing industry. Columbus Publishing Lab CEO, Brad Pauquette, will cover the five key steps to producing a professional book, and teach you how to find success no matter what your experience or budget.

Here are just a few of the topics we’ll cover on Tuesday:

  • Editing: There’s more to editing than just correcting typos. Learn the difference between developmental editing, proofreading and copy editing, as well as how to hire the right person for each job.
  • Book cover design: Your readers WILL judge your book by its cover. Learn tips for creating a cover that speaks to your target audience, all while staying within your budget.
  • Distribution: ISBNs, barcodes, discounts, print on demand–book distribution can be a complicated process. Learn how to make your book available to readers around the world simply and easily.

From your word processor to the bookstore shelf, a lot of work goes into creating a professional self-published book. Don’t miss this free seminar for all the knowledge you need to make your book project a reality!

Questions? Email us at

Self-Publishing Seminar: Ohio Writers’ Guild

Join us for a free self-publishing seminar this Wednesday 02/11, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at CPL backgroundthe Ohio Writers’ Guild, located in the Columbus Cultural Arts Center: 139 W. Main St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Find the Facebook event here.

Self-publishing isn’t as simple as pushing the “Publish”button. If you’re interested in producing a quality, professional book that can compete with its traditionally published counterparts, we suggest you do your homework.

Columbus Publishing Lab periodically provides free self-publishing seminars to educate authors about their publishing options.

Join us this Wednesday as we cover the five critical steps to professional self-publishing. Learn about editing, cover design, book distribution and more. If you’re interested in self-publishing, or even publication through a traditional publishing house, this course will be a great primer on how great books are produced.

This seminar is free and open to the public. Questions? Email

Free Self-Publishing Seminar at Wild Goose Creative

Join us for a free Self-Publishing Seminar this Tuesday (12/02) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wild Goose Creative- 2491 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202.

 Find the Facebook event here.

Have you ever wondered how great books are produced? Once a manuscript is finished, what exactly happens to it before it heads to the printer and then to store shelves? 

We’ll discuss the five critical steps every professionally produced book (traditionally published or self-published) must take before going to the printer. Along the way, we’ll discuss DIY options as well as what to seek out and what to avoid when you’re hiring editors and designers.

Whether you’re considering self-publishing or you’re seeking a traditional publishing house, this seminar is a great way to gain insight into how professional books are produced.

If you’d like to publish with us we’d love to work with you. However, the main objective of these seminars is to inform writers about their options, and help them make the right choices for their books. Bring a friend. BYOB. Learn something new.

CEO Brad Pauquette to Address Central Ohio Fiction Writers Conference

Today, Brad Pauquette, CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab, will provide a seminar for the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) annual conference on the key steps to professionally publishing a great book.  COFW is a regional chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Learn more about the conference at

If you can’t make the conference, most of the material is covered in Brad’s book, The Self-Publishing Handbook: Five Key Steps to Professionally Publish Your Book, which you can get for free for a limited time here (click).

The landscape of self-publishing is changing.  Qualified, experienced authors are now choosing self-publishing, and intentionally approaching self-publishing as a business and a planned career maneuver.  Join the ranks of authors who are doing self-publishing right, and commit yourself to producing a great book.

Thank you to COFW for inviting Brad Pauquette to speak.  We look forward to meeting you all, and sharing our knowledge with you.

How Libraries Vet Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

Later today I’ll be a panel member at the Ohio Library Council’s annual conference, speaking and answering questions about how libraries should go about considering self-published books.

There’s a lot of debate across the literary world about self-published and small press literature.  With only five companies controlling the vast majority of publishing in the United States, more and more quality materials are produced by self-publishers every day.  But there’s still a lot of really bad work being self-published as well.  How is a library to decide what to add to their collection?

Self-publishers who do things right submit to the same grueling process that a traditional publisher would employ to improve and produce their book.  I outline the five steps that all self-publishers should use (and which are used by traditional publishers) in my book, The Self-Publishing Handbook, which you can currently get for free (click).  Three of these five steps can be detected by a library purchasing committee in 10 seconds or less, and the other two are easily identified with a little more investigation.  Chances are that if a self-publisher is taking the time to correctly complete these steps, and investing in their project to do so, they’re far more likely to have produced a book with quality content as well.

There are certainly exceptions.  There are plenty of terrible self-published books that the author bothered to spend a few thousand dollars on and make look pretty.  And there are rare diamonds in the rough, amazing manuscripts thrown together with free tools on CreateSpace.  The only real way to determine the value of a book is to read it. But for librarians who are bombarded with thousands of titles to potentially purchase, or just regular readers sorting through Amazon, the production quality of a book is a great starting point.

It’s not that difficult to produce your book correctly, it just takes patience and resolve.  You owe it to yourself to do things right, and you’re also doing a tremendous favor to potential buyers, whether they’re librarians or regular readers.  With so many books to sort through, production value is a reasonable first step in determining the potential quality of a book.

Quality production may be less expensive than you think.  The Self-Publishing Handbook provides lots of tips for hiring editors, designers and artists to help with your book production, but it also includes tips for the DIY self-publisher.  You can grab the book for free for a limited time here.

Librarians will be looking at your book.  I love our libraries.  Let’s make their job a little easier.

Brad Pauquette is the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab, the owner of Columbus Press, and the director of Columbus Creative Cooperative.  Check out his books on Amazon, or visit his website at

Free Book Marketing Seminar Tonight — Westerville Public Library

CEO Brad Pauquette will be giving a free book marketing seminar tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library– 126 S. State St, Westerville, OH 43081.

Marketing is an important part of making your book successful. Brad got his start in the publishing world via web marketing, so he has a lot of helpful suggestions to share. He’ll share some of the most popular and effective strategies book marketers use, as well as provide tips to avoid wasting money and common pitfalls.

This seminar is free and open to the public.

If you’d like to learn more about the marketing services Columbus Publishing Lab offers, contact us here.

Self-Publishing Seminar at Bexley Library Presented by Columbus Publishing Lab CEO Brad Pauquette

Columbus Publishing Lab CEO Brad PauquetteColumbus Publishing Lab CEO Brad Pauquette will offer a free seminar on self-publishing at the Bexley Public Library in Bexley, Ohio on January 25, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Interested attendees can find more information on the library’s website here. Attendees can pre-register, but registration is not required.

Brad Pauquette, an experienced publishing consultant, will cover the five essential steps to producing a professional book.  This is must-have information for any potential self-publisher.

If you’d like more information about this seminar, please contact us.

Don’t forget, today (Friday, 1/24) is the last day to enter to win a complete self-publishing package.  Find the details here.