Two practical skills workshops run by TLC for writers who have decided to self-publish. These workshops will be led by self published author Patsy Trench
29th November - Preparing for Publication: Converting to ebook
‘Converting to ebook’ is for writers who want to learn how to convert and submit their own manuscripts in e-form. Participants are invited to bring along a laptop and a manuscript they are working on and to follow Patsy’s step-by-step instructions, learning about blurbs, cover design, costing and Amazon’s Author Central along the way. Patsy will also cover how to obtain US tax exemption, since sales made through Amazon.com are subject to US tax. By the end of the four-hour session, each writer will have their book ready to be submitted in e-form to Amazon (Kindle) and to Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.
No specific technical expertise is required to attend the workshop, and you do not need any special software downloaded to your computer. Please simply bring your laptop, with an electronic text-only file containing the manuscript you would like to upload. Please note, there should be no images, photographs or charts in your manuscript.
6th December - Preparing for Publication: Producing a Print Book.
In this workshop, Patsy will be taking writers through the process of submitting manuscripts through Amazon’s print arm, Createspace. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, with a text-only file of the manuscript they wish to upload, as well as a hard copy book whose layout and look they wish to emulate. Using these books as templates, Patsy will lead participants in an informative discussion about page sizes, fonts, and industry standard layouts, in order to inform each writer’s choices about which look and layout would work best for their manuscript. The workshop will also provide important information and guidance on blurbs, cover design, and proof copies, as well as looking at how Createspace’s distribution works.
The aim of this workshop is to arm participants with the necessary tools and information to be able to continue to work on the look and layout of the book at home, before submitting to Createspace in their own time, and ordering a proof copy.
There is a concessionary rate for booking both sessions at the same time. If you wish to book both sessions, please select the first date and choose either '2 sessions Full Price' or '2 sessions Concession'.
The Literary Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy is the UK's leading manuscript assessment and editorial advice service. Founded in 1996 by Rebecca Swift and Hannah Griffiths, it provides expert, market-aware editorial appraisals to writers at all levels writing in English, and runs the unique 'Chapter & Verse' mentoring scheme.
As well as its core activity of manuscript assessment and mentoring, TLC runs a busy programme of literary events, writing workshops and holidays, and manages The Free Read Scheme with support from Arts Council England.