Chester Camera is offering an Introduction To Book Publishing course in July. The three-week class highlights the world of traditional, nonfiction publishing as well as self-publishing. Students will learn how to capture the attention of an editor with a proposal, outline and sample chapter. As an alternative, they will also learn the steps required to produce and publicize their own books. Topics include: writing, editing, illustration, design, printing and marketing. Children’s book publishing will also be discussed. Each student will receive personal attention and homework assignments.
The course instructor is local author, Loren Spiotta-DiMare of Tewksbury. Specializing in animal subjects, for both adults and children, Spiotta-DiMare has been involved with the publishing industry for over 30 years. School and library book publisher Enslow Publishers in Berkeley Heights recently released the author’s photo-illustrated, chapter book series, Horses That Help with the American Humane Association.
Spiotta-DiMare’s other titles include: Beyond The Finish Line: Stories of Ex-Racehorses, The Sporting Spaniel Handbook, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Everyone Loves Elwood, Madeline’s Miracle, Chelsea & The New Puppy, Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog, Norman To The Rescue and Hannah’s House Rabbit.
Published both nationally and internationally, Spiotta-DiMare’s work has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States, The Doris Day Animal Foundation, The Dog Writers Association of America, and New Jersey Press Women. Chester Camera recently began offering photography courses in its new classroom. “We are pleased to expand our programing by offering a book publishing course,” says store owner Bob Lyons. “Loren has diverse publishing experience and a great deal of knowledge to share with aspiring authors.” Introduction to Book Publishing will be held on Wednesday mornings July 9, 16 and 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The fee for the three-week course is $100. (Checks made out to Loren Spiotta-DiMare.) Space is limited therefore pre- registration by July 2nd is required. To sign up for the class, stop by Chester Camera or call 908-879-7100. The store is located in the Chester Springs Mall (next to ShopRite) on Route 206 in Chester.