Self Publishing for Beginners

, 10.00 - 13.00
British Library
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Step by step guide to self-publishing

Self-publishing is now the way forward for many authors: fulltime writers are four times more likely to make a living when they self-publish! It is a quick, relatively cheap process and simple when you know how, but often people hold back because they are not sure how to get started. If this is your worry then this workshop is for you! We will cover how to get from a completed manuscript to holding a published book in your hands, step by step.

We will go through both paid and DIY options for:

How to ensure your manuscript is the best it can be
Adding extras (maps, illustrations, etc.)
How to have it formatted (eBooks, paperback, hardback)
The vital importance of cover design
Which platforms to use (Amazon, iBooks, Google, Kobo, etc.) and how to upload to them
Keywords so your book can be found by browsers
The basics of launching and marketing (there is also a more intensive course available focused just on marketing your books but we will cover absolute must-haves)
Managing your books over time (e.g. refreshes, series, etc.)
Adding different formats e.g. online courses and audiobooks
You’ll take away an action plan, lots of useful ideas and contacts.

There will be a main presentation and then a lot of hands-on work so that you make the most of your time with us: you will leave inspired and with a clear set of steps to take to get your book published. Specific contacts will be provided (e.g. book cover designers, etc.).

This workshop is for anyone wanting to self-publish and we will consider fiction as well as non-fiction (and briefly discuss the specific needs of picture books).

After the event you will be sent resource-filled slides from our main talk and a free eBook, Melissa Addey's Merchandise for Authors, which offers a wealth of ideas for using your book as the basis for developing merchandise.

Feedback from previous workshops run by Melissa Addey at the British Library:

So much information – extremely helpful and also methodical. I appreciated all the resource lists. It was super helpful.
Loved it - thank you. Very knowledgeable and experienced tutor, brilliant advice and tips.
Engaging speaker: honest and real.
Picked up so many great ideas – can’t wait to put them into practice!
Concise, practical presentation, all good advice and delivered with enthusiasm and credibility.

Don’t forget we have over £5m worth of online market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Euromonitor amongst others, company data for over 144 million UK and global companies, over 60 million patents and more. With a Reader Pass you can access all of these resources for free before or after your workshop (or in the break if you can’t keep away!) and get your business ahead of the competition.


Name: Self Publishing for Beginners
Where: Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: , 10.00 - 13.00
Price: £35.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
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