Authors as Publishers: My Story

March 1998
by Pam Adams, ComputerEase Publications, Inc.

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In 1987, I was contracted to teach an Introduction to Computers course in Durham, North Carolina. Right away, I could see that finding materials for the class was going to be a problem. Only large expensive computer textbooks were available in the late 80s. Like many other instructors before me, I began creating handouts for my classes. The courses being taught in Corporate Education at Durham Technical Community College were “short courses” that lasted for three or four days. Due to the lack of training materials on the market, some other instructors and I donated our handouts and other written text and created an introductory manual, Help! There’s a Computer on My Desk. The title was courtesy of Mary Freedman, our Program Director. The books were duplicated by the college and sold in the bookstore for a song and dance. The book was simple, easy to read, and inexpensive. Students loved it.

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In 1989, I relocated to Charlotte and began teaching at Central Piedmont Community College. I had amassed a nice collection of handouts which were shared with other instructors for continuing education classes. Once again, the materials were duplicated and sold to students through the bookstore. In 1992, Kathy Baskett and I bid on a project to design and write training manuals for three Microsoft classes at CPCC. Our bid was accepted and our first official joint publications were sold to the Corporate and Continuing Education division of CPCC…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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