E-Publishing Survival - a 2014 course coming up at NSW Writers' Centre

A few weeks ago I was part of an e-publishing seminar at the NSW Writers' Centre, and I saw first-hand how much interest there is in people writing, creating and distributing their own e-books. Indeed, it is something I encourage the people who study creative writing with me to do. Stop waiting for the publishers to come to you. Become your own publisher!

NSW Writers' Centre

So I note with interest a course coming up in 2014 at the NSW Writers' Centre - E-Publishing Survival, being taught by David Henley.

This looks like a must-do course for any serious, unpublished author living in or near Sydney. The information will be invaluable and I am sure it will be an incredibly inspiring course.

Here are the details. Can I say that I have nothing to do with this course or its content, and that I profit in no way from promoting it. I do, however, occasionally work for the NSW Writers' Centre, and I am a member. But I simply think this course will be an excellent way to spend your time and money, and I know that many new writers read this blog:

E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

This course is for beginners, but students must be comfortable with using the internet and providing online portals with personal and financial information.

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world.

From making an ebook of your own, through to choosing your distribution strategy and the financial implications of each; from metadata to social media; this course can help you get from whatever stage you are at now through to publication. Find a pathway through the multitude of choices you have to make in the development, production and promotion of your book.

In the last decade the world of publishing has altered dramatically. With the right tools anyone in the world can make their text accessible. The rise of the internet and the development of handheld devices have rocked a centuries old model. Authors and publishers alike are faced with a new frontier.

This course will introduce participants to the nitty-gritty of the world of e-publishing, from desktop to Amazon, iBooks, Google and more. With a focus on the details and impediments that often hold authors up, to building an online audience and getting noticed.

    Traditional publishing model versus new publishing model
    An overview of the digital marketplace for books
    Dissecting the ebook
    Making an ebook from scratch
    Microsoft Word, Pages, Scrivener
    Checking an ebook
    Fixing problems
    Designing a cover and other visual assets
    Digital distribution
    Taxes and Income
    Your web presence
    Social media
    Marketing and advertising

Over six sessions David Henley – published author, self publisher and producer at Seizure – will take a different weekly focus and offer one-on-one training, guidance and exercises individualised for each participant.

By the end of the six weeks participants should have successfully published their work online.

About the tutor

David Henley has been working in Australian publishing for over ten years and has walked the road of self-publishing before, as well as taken dozens of books through to publication. He is one of the founders of Xou Creative that provides production services to publishers large, small and independent and is the producer at Seizure, a volunteer run publishing movement. David has previously taught courses and seminars for the NSW Society of Editors, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

More info and online booking here.


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