Introduction to self-publishing day
With self-published novels now hitting the bestseller lists, self-publishing is a viable option for any writer. Advances in technology have allowed the author to take control of the publishing process – but this freedom comes with its own pitfalls.
This one-day series of lectures and talks will teach you the essentials of editing, publishing, distributing and marketing your own work, with leading experts including by Sara Montgomery, Head of Guardian Books, Nick Sidwell, Digital Publishing Manager of Guardian Books and self-published author Ben Galley. You'll hear about the realities of the literary marketplace – and whether you can expect to make money from it.
It will be applicable to fiction and non-fiction, printed and ebooks. There will be passing mention of photobooks, but it will not be a specific or central part of the content or any session.
One of the UK's youngest self-published authors, Ben Galley is the author of the epic and gritty fantasy series - The Emaneska Series. He has self-published two books to date, and two more are scheduled for release next year. Ben is also the founder of SHELF HELP - a website dedicated to providing advice about writing, self-publishing, and marketing. Ben is incredibly zealous about sharing his passion and expertise with upcoming writers. He is making it his goal to promote professional, affordable, and technology-driven self-publishing, and to examine the plethora of companies now at an author's fingertips.
Dr Alison Baverstock is Course Leader for MA Publishing at Kingston University. A former publisher, she has researched and written widely about the publishing industry, and is much quoted in the media. Of late her particular research interest has been self-publishing and she is the author of The Naked Author – a guide to self-publishing (Bloomsbury) as well as a range of academic papers. Her work has challenged traditional notions of self-publishing as a last resort for the untalented – and revealed how the processes of self-publishing can benefit a range of different content providers, according to their desired outcomes. You may not become rich in the process, but her research has identified consistently strong levels of satisfaction in self-publishing – and the desire to both recommend it to others and do it again.
Joanna Penn is the author of Amazon bestselling ARKANE thrillers, Pentecost, Prophecy and Exodus as well as non-fiction books. Find out more at www.JFPenn.com. Joanna's site for writers www.TheCreativePenn.com has been voted one of the Top 10 blogs for writers 3 years running and offers articles, audio and video on writing, publishing and book marketing. Connect with Joanna on twitter @thecreativepenn
Sara Montgomery is the Head of Guardian Books, the publishing and book retailing arm of the Guardian and Observer. She has 10 years' publishing experience across academic and trade non-fiction, having previously worked at Oxford University Press. As well as having commissioned several successful books, Sara also launched the Guardian's online bookshop and the Guardian Shorts digital-only ebook list.
Nick Sidwell is the Digital Publishing Manager for Guardian Books. He has previously worked for independent publisher Elliott & Thompson, and Icon Books.
Edward Peppitt worked in publishing for twenty years before founding Balloon View, a publisher of business and personal development books and courses. He consults for the publishing industry, and also teaches and coaches writers to get their book published profitably and successfully. He runs seminars and workshops every year, helping authors to get their books published effectively and selling profitably.
Date: Sunday 24 March 2013
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU
Price: £99 (inclusive of VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 100
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