John Vorhaus Talk: Publishing in the Post-Paper World
PUBLISHING IN THE POST-PAPER WORLD
Join us for this timely discussion with John Vorhaus moderated by San Diego Writer’s, Ink’s own Marni Freedman!
Publishing in the post-paper world can be viewed as, variously, a problem to be solved, an opportunity to embrace, or the seventh circle of hell. Your interlocutor, John Vorhaus, has experienced e-publishing in all these modes, and looks forward to sharing his discoveries with you.
The key to the whole thing is to embrace the “indy-pub” model (as borrowed from musicians and bands of today) and put the whole “vanity press” thing in the dim and distant past. There’s much more to it than that, of course, but embracing the opportunity of indy publishing (and yes, truly, it is an opportunity) starts with your state of mind, so that’s where this discussion, also, will begin.
John Vorhaus is known to one and all as the man who brought Radar Hoverlander – con artist extraordinaire – to life in the “sunshine noir” mystery novel, The California Roll, and its acclaimed sequel, The Albuquerque Turkey. John is also well known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, and its acclaimed sequel, The Little Book of SITCOM, which continue to be definitive sources of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia. An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 28 countries on four continents. He recently worked in Bulgaria, recruiting and training writers for that country’s adaptation of Married… with Children, and in Tel Aviv, consulting on the Israeli version of The Golden Girls. He also travels regularly to Nicaragua, where he co-created the social action drama Contracorriente to provide positive role modeling for the poor, young and disenfranchised of that embattled country.
His latest novel is Lucy in the Sky, a coming-of-age tale set in 1969 and “a real ‘60s trip for young seekers and old geezers alike.” And oh by the way, he has written more than three million words on poker, just in his spare time.
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He is the author of two dozen books, including Creativity Rules! A Writer’s Workbook, the novel Under the Gun, the Killer Poker series and, with Annie Duke, the bestselling Decide to Play Great Poker.
Marni Freedman is a produced, published and award winning writer. After graduating as an award winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and other film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for a “how to” book series and is currently in demand as a book editor and script doctor. Currently, around San Diego, you can find Marni teaching writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension and running the popular San Diego Screenwriter’s group, The Writer’s Circle.