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Info for Self-Publishers and Would-Be Authors
9 May 2014

Read it, Write it, Sell it Read it, Write it, Sell it Debbie Flint

There is so much help and advice out there – for free – plus endless books online about writing, structuring, plotting, dialogue, characterisation, then editing, designing, formatting, publishing your finished work. I’m frequently asked about where to begin. I do hope the following info helps! Good luck!

Debs

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Ps I’m not able to advise individually at the moment since all my spare time is taken up with my deadlines for my own titles. But there’s tons of info here – good luck! Go here to see my back list on Amazon and my Work in Progress.

 

This is a summary of the info I've found useful since early 2013 when I first got interested in self-publishing. With the help of this advice my own book sales have kick started, (at time of writing, early May 2014, over 9500 units across all my titles, across my three novels, a novella and a short story as well as my weight loss book all on Amazon.)

Contents -

- Where do I start?

Writers' Workshop - how to get published - free online guide - excellent basics for Beginners! click here for more.

The Creative Penn Doyenne of self-publishing/marketing Joanna Penn gives you a complete breakdown of what to do if you go here – download her free doc Author 2.0 by subscribing here - and you can also read coming up for 200 fabulous podcasts on various self-publishing & marketing topics – immerse yourself in the Creative Penn site for a couple of days and you’ll have a superb general idea of self-publishing and the more advanced aspects too. Go here for The Creative Penn introduction to self-publishing. And look out for her marketing workshops – highly recommended.

Jane Friedman’s  writing advice website – packed with info. Start here – with her ‘how to get a book published’ and try her useful page ‘how to publish an ebook – useful resources and links’ including getting started; sales, marketing and promotions; creating eBooks; where to publish them; and some brilliant blogs to follow.

This site and Joanna’s site are the most amazing info-packed resources you could hope for – anyone just embarking on their self publishing journey should find all they need here.

-          First steps to self-publish the team who run the annual York Festival have put together a fab first stop for new writers helping navigate the self-pub maze – go here.

 

 Also – 100 Best Websites for Writersclick here.

 

- Deb's archives

Each week on Read it Write it Sell it, I try to include a few links to interesting topics of use to authors and self-publishers. Check out the archives to the left and bottom of this page. Popular topics include –

-          Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report and the ongoing furore surrounding it.

-          Liz Harris’ round up of the enlightening LBF 2014 session with top selling self publishers, their advice on how to make it big.

-          A guest blog I did in April ’14 for Joanna Penn, top tips for self publishers to promote your first book.

-          Making your novel into an audiobook incl a fab feature on writing volume – the key to self publishing success.

-          A guide to cover reveals, a la Goodreads

-          Tumblr For Writers: A Picture-Perfect Marketing And Promotional Tool - Web Design Relief They’re always thinking of new ways for authors to connect to readers – this seems a sensible next move, given how ubituitous facebook and twitter are nowadays… click here.

 

Courses and conferences

Ones I have personally been on and can recommend –

Writers’ Workshop – York Festival of Writing – annual weekend packed with workshops and how-to’s and invaluable ten minute 1-2-1 sessions with agents and publishers. Click here. Also includes online writers’ courses

Cornerstones  - a literary consultancy – I went on one of their courses and use their editing service. Click here.

Arvon Foundation – something for everyone – year round, UK-wide, residential courses, some tutored, some not, on virtually every aspect of writing. Click here.

Verulum Writers’ Circle annual Get Writing day in St Albans – some fab speakers and opportunities for one to ones. Click here.

Julie Cohen – my ultimate mentor – for my romance writing – former Mills & Boon author, now Richard & Judy listed author (‘Dear Thing’, May 2014) – her website is here – she runs intermediate and advanced novel writing workshops and residential courses.

Self-Publishing seminar – Guardian masterclasses – start here.

Watermill at Posara – where my romance writing began! Jessica Hart’s workshop in Tuscany inspired a million love stories. Well, three – all set in Hawaii, and Tuscany! Different authors run the workshops and the week is all about the surroundings, the food and the company as much as the writing! Click here. It’s not cheap, but it’s a wonderful holiday of a lifetime.

 

SCRIPT-WRITING

Robert McKee, ‘Story’ weekend seminar – in London – fabulous for beginners to script writing. Click here. An intensive four day intensive crash course – be prepared for long hours and harsh reality!

London Festival of Screenwriting – Chris Jones and team also run workshops on various topics. Click here.

 

 

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