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Getting from Here to There: From Manuscript to Book - waiting list only as of 9/29/17
***As of 9/29 this workshop is full. However, there are occasionally drops, so if you are interested and have not yet registered, please fill out the form below. We will send out a confirmation one week prior to the workshop and will notify you if seats open up.***

The chances of being traditionally published today are slimmer than ever. With e-book sales soaring and publishers consolidating, traditionally published books are a small minority of the 4,000 books published every day. For the vast majority of aspiring writers who want to see their works in print or in an e-book, independent publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing have become the only options. But fear keeps many new writers from approaching the steep learning curve of indie publishing and self-marketing, and many of them don’t know where to start. This series of workshops will demystify the steps to indie publishing, helping fence-sitters get off the rail and into print. The five “Getting from Here to There” workshops will cover:

Session 1: Choosing your publishing path – The main considerations in choosing your publishing route. We discuss the various options from DIY to Create Space and Ingram Spark to hybrid publishers; what determines which path is best for you and what resources you need.

Session 2: Getting your book ready – Preparing your manuscript and cover. We discuss writing second, third and fourth drafts, the four types of editing, beta readers, front and back of book materials, formatting and cover design.

Session 3: Time to GO! – Publishing, printing, and distributing. We discuss metadata, copyrights, the importance of proofs, writing marketing copy and its uses, pricing, publishing e-books and audio books, printing and distribution.

Session 4: Marketing essentials – The social media musts. The three essentials in marketing your book are author websites, Author Central, and an author Facebook page. We look at website options and set up a Facebook page.

Session 5: Other marketing options – Going beyond the basics. We discuss advertising, consultants, reviews, personal appearances, book give-aways, bloggers, contests and distribution options.


Dates: Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Location: Rancho Mirage Public Library conference room, 71-100 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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