Do you have a book in you, waiting to get published? Hear experienced authors talk about how to write a proposal, how to get an agent, how to self-publish. Sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication, this free panel, from 11 am to 12:30 pm on December 18th, 2004, features Ryan DeMares, who has worked at Sandia and LANL, has self-published, and Jonathan Price, who has authored more than two dozen books for regular publishers.

Ryan DeMares, Ph.D., a Santa Fe-based writer who self-published and marketed a recent book (Dolphins, Myths & Transformation, 2002), will share her experiences with transforming her research and vision into a finished product, and what happened afterward. Ryan, whose communications career has encompassed journalism, public relations, marketing communications, and, in recent years, technical communications, will take a case approach to the subject as she discusses trying to get literary agents interested in her manuscripts, why she decided to self-publish, the allies who emerged unexpectedly to help get the book to press, and how lessons learned may influence her approach to her next book project.

Jonathan Price is a professional Web writer and editor who regularly coaches other writers on how to tailor their prose for e-mail, Web pages, and technical communication. He has written and edited hundreds of articles for Web sites such as America Online, Hewlett-Packard’s, Disney’s, and With his wife Lisa, Jonathan has recently published Hot Text: Web Writing that Works (New Riders) and The Best of Online Shopping (Ballantine).

Jonathan comes out of a background in print journalism. His articles have appeared in paper magazines such as Esquire, Family Fun, Family PC, Harper’s, Home Office Computing, MacWorld, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, and Writer’s Digest.

He has also written 24 books for major publishers, on topics such as business writing, technical writing, television commercials, video art, and software.

Attendance is free, but please register in advance by contacting Jonathan Price at


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