How to get yourself published workshop
In this 45-60-minute workshop, I will provide an entry-level overview of publishing methods for aspiring writers of both fiction and non-fiction (including poetry and children’s).
The workshop will be inclusive and open to all, but especially tailored towards writers who are as-yet unpublished and may not have the benefit of a writing network to draw on.
I will draw on my experience as both a local author who has profitably self-published and been published by independent presses, and as an editor who has prevented various writers from making the same mistakes I did at the start. I will cover:
- What is meant by traditional and self-publishing, and what forms they can take (i.e. printing physical copies, publishing through Amazon, independent publishers, etc.)
- Which route is best for your book (I will argue that non- and genre fiction can be successfully self-published whereas literary fiction, etc. is still best traditionally published).
- The importance of editing, proofreading, and never submitting your first draft.
- Some of the things you’ll need to consider if self-publishing (blurb, disclaimer, ISBN, etc.).
- How potentially intimidating areas such as formatting can be self-taught.
- An introduction to the submission process (identifying the right people, reading their submission guidelines, etc.)
- How you can, or will be expected to, market yourself and your work.
- How to find your audience - because it likely won’t be friends and family.
- Tips on handling rejection.
- Where, if anywhere, the money is (I stress that I will be realistic).
Date: Sunday 4th February
Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Price: Pay What you feel
Age Restrictions: 16+