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October 8 Program: Be Your Designer’s Best Friend: Strategies for Writers and Editors

Publishing is about collaboration, and as writers and editors we probably need to work with a designer at some stage, for book covers, internal layout, e-book formatting, and more. The visual and written worlds are often quite different and might even clash, as deadlines grow tighter and the requirements of electronic publishing increase.

How do you navigate the dynamic demands of publishing when it comes to design, especially if you don’t have a lot of design experience?

For freelancers and employees, this question is an important one, because many employers and people who hire freelancers want someone who can do more than one job function. Whether you write, edit, market, or promote, you need to be aware of the next steps and big picture on the path to publication.

In addition, as a writer looking to traditionally publish or self-publish your work, if you know what a designer needs and can deliver it up front, you will make your life easier (and save yourself some money, too).

What’s the best way to work with those on the design side? How can you collaborate and function as part of publishing team, instead of just in a writer or editor silo? What can you do to be your designer’s best friend and help the entire publishing process go smoothly?

During this presentation, Erika Nygaard, a Chicago graphic designer, will share tips on how to:

Prepare your manuscript for production/design
Provide images
Understand the role of designer vs. publishing consultant vs. retail platform expert vs. technical support
Understand the review process
Provide a creative brief (for creative design work)

Come early for networking and light appetizers (cash bar available). After the program, you can continue the conversation with us in the Club Room of the Buckingham Athletic Club.

Erika Nygaard is a freelance graphic designer with experience in marketing, educational publishing, and digital publishing. In addition to graphic design services, she offers presentations on design and e-book publishing that help writers and others who need to stay on top of publishing trends.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Announcements and Speaker(s) Introduction
6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – Program
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-program networking

Second floor conference center of the Four40 building, 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603

CTA bus stops as well as elevated and subway stations are adjacent to the building on three sides. On-site parking is available in the building's underground garage. There will be a discounted parking rate of $8 for those attending the program. Commuter rail stations are within comfortable walking distances from the building. The LaSalle Street Station, serving the south suburbs, is connected to the south end of the building.

Sign up by Monday, October 6 for discounted registration fee
Register online now:
By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626
By phone at 773.508.0351

On or before Monday, October 6: CWIP Basic Members $10; nonmembers $25; students with ID $10
After October 6: CWIP Basic Members $15; nonmembers $30; students with ID $15
The event is free for CWIP Premium Members.
Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.

October 17: Mentorship Kickoff Event

The Mentorship Kickoff Event marks the beginning of the Mentorship Program season. Open to all CWIP members and non-members, attendees will network and learn about being a mentor or mentee and upcoming opportunities for professional partnerships. The event is free, appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Bring your business cards!

Friday, October 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Check-in and Arrival Time
7:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Welcome and Mentorship Program News & Updates
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Networking Time

404 Wine Bar, 2852 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, in the open space by the fireplace.

Restaurant Website:
Parking Options:  Limited street parking.  Parking lots are at Barry Ave. and Belmont Ave.  See here for map:
Public Transportation:  15 minute walk from Diversey or Wellington Brown/Purple line stops

Register online now:

Register online preferred but walk-ins also welcome.

This event is free. Appetizers will be served, and a cash bar available.

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